Last Updated on 18/03/2022 by richard
The full English breakfast commonly called a “fry up” in most of the UK and Ireland is so popular that you can find it pretty much any time of day at many cafes and pubs.
A typical full English breakfast will include sausage, fried egg, bacon, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, toast or fried bread, mushrooms with tea or coffee to drink.
This protein-heavy meal has become a UK staple since the end of World War II but has been on the tables of the upper classes since the 13th century.
Red or Brown Sauce?
Walk into any cafe in the UK serving English breakfasts and you will be offered red or brown sauce.
Red sauce is tomato ketchup, whereas brown sauce is made from tamarind extract and tomatoes with malt vinegar and a few other ingredients.
The most popular brands are Heinz for ketchup and HP for brown sauce. HP sauce is named after the Houses of Parliament was made in Birmingham UK until 2007 when production moved to the Netherlands.
It’s a matter of personal taste, I prefer brown.
Full English Breakfast
- 1 can baked beans Heinz preferred
- 4 sausages
- 4 rashers back bacon
- 4 slices black pudding
- 150 g mushrooms halved or sliced
- 2 tomatoes halved
- 4 slices bread
- 4 eggs
- rapeseed oil
- Heat up the beans over low in a small pot. Keep warm on low.
- Cook the sausages in a little oil over medium heat, turning regularly, until brown and cooked through. In the same pan, cook the bacon, flipping as needed. Fry the black pudding slices over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
- In another pan, heat up a bit of oil and cook the mushrooms, without moving, until brown and caramelized. Remove from the pan, then sear the cut side of the tomato briefly. Remove from the pan, season everything with salt and pepper.
- Wipe the pan down and heat up a bit of oil or butter over medium heat. Fry the bread until golden, flipping and adding more oil or butter as needed. Remove and set aside. Finally, fry the eggs to your liking.
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