I’ve lived with an Englishman for three years and there are still so many things about their culture that blow my mind. Did you know you have to have a permit to climb a ladder at work? Did you know they don’t have a constitution? Did you know it’s still legal to kill certain people with a long bow at certain times of day in certain places? What?
And I don’t think I’ll ever truly be able to fully appreciate the concept of the full English breakfast. I’m an American. I like carbs and sugar for breakfast. Pancakes? French toast? Waffles? Yes, yes and yes some more. But my husband will take any opportunity to gorge himself on this uniquely British breakfast extravaganza.
At our house, a full English breakfast consists of bacon, sausages, a fried egg, a hashbrown, Heinz baked beans, toast, fried bread, and a cup of hot tea with milk. Even when I ask for a small plate, I can almost never manage the whole thing. It’s all good, but that’s a lot of savoury all in one place, and it just overwhelms me. My husband, on the other hand, is practically licking his plate. How do they do this on a regular basis? I don’t understand.
A full English breakfast served in actual England can have a variety of other components, including fried mushrooms, fried tomato, and black pudding. We don’t care for the first two, and black pudding is not so easy to come by in Hawaii. I’ve tried it before, though. It’s fine. Not great, but not bad either.
If you are looking for an English experience, I suggest you fast for a few days, and then treat yourself to a full English breakfast. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
- 4 sausages
- 4 slices of bacon
- 4 slices of bread
- 2 rectangular hash browns
- 1 can of Heinz baked beans
- 2 eggs
- Place a large frying pan over medium heat and drizzle with a tablespoon of oil.
- Prick the skin of your sausages with a fork, then add them to your pan. Cook the sausages, turning occasionally until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove sausages from pan.
- In a medium sauce pan over low heat, add your beans and stir occasionally until heated through.
- To the frying pan, add your bacon and cook to desired level of crispiness. Remove bacon from the pan.
- While the bacon is cooking start toasting your bread.
- Add two slices of toast to the frying pan. Add the hash browns at the same time. Cook the toast about a minute on each side until evenly browned. Turn hash browns after a three to five minutes and cook until browned. You may need to add more oil at this point. Remove hash browns from the pan.
- Crack one egg at a time into your frying pan, cooking them by splashing the fat in your pan over the egg. Cook to desired level. Remove to plate.
- Each plate gets a slice of fried bread, a slice of buttered toast, two sausages, two slices of bacon, a hash brown, and an egg, and a massive pile of beans.
- Don't forget the tea.
- Okay, this is not really a recipe so much as a list of things that go on a plate and a strategy for cooking them. Obviously, this is just one way to do it. Go nuts!