By French Tart on December 28, 2007
Photo by French Tart
Photo by French Tart
"A fine British tradition - and a meal to set you up for the day; there is a saying in the UK that goes like this: "breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen and have supper like a pauper"! So, what does a typical full English breakfast consist of? One recipe in an Edwardian Cookbook listed a plethora of ingredients that would have graced the table of many a stately home at the turn of the century, to include 7 courses! A modern day FEB is likely to consist of the following: two sausages, two or three rashers of bacon, fried eggs, fried bread, tomato and lashings of mushrooms with black pudding and brown HP sauce to taste. In finer establishments you can even expect additional courses such as cereal, porridge, kippers, toast and jam or marmalade, kedgeree, or devilled kidneys. Rumour has it that the term 'The Full Monty' is used to refer to these type of breakfasts because Field Marshal Montgomery was rather partial to them. Here is my basic recipe for an FEB, with optional extras! Grill or fry your FEB - and make sure you have acres of hot buttered toast and gallons of English Breakfast Tea! I am NOT suggesting this is what you should eat every morning - but it is a wonderful treat for the weekends, holidays and just when you feel like it."
Serving Size: 1 (713 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Beyond euphoric! Totally the most prolific show of love for your dearest ones that clamber around your early morning breakfast table. I felt as though I had taken a quick flight cross' the pond and landed within another world, or quite possibly; another time in history. I really wanted to do something special for Dennis, and for no reason, or because I had to. I had everything right here in my kitchen to address the whole recipe, except; tomatoes. (Don't ask why a person who has a farm doesn't have tomatoes as this is a question I often ask myself?) I didn't have the pudding either, but I did add the optional potato on as suggested. The mushrooms were succulent, and oh so tasty. I fried a piece of whole wheat toast, and added fresh raspberry jam. The rest went together quickly and had quite a punch for the amazing little amount of time this took to put together. The only addition was putting the potatoes in come cold water for 1/2 hour along with some thinly sliced onions. Drained them, making sure the water was removed...and doing a wonderful potato fry following your suggestions. Will at least make this once a month for Dennis and family. After all; I am sure they will be sitting here waiting until I make it again. Wish I had those tomatoes though. Made for *FT* just for the heck of it. April 2008"
"Thanks for posting this! Breakfast has always been my fave meal of the day. Over the years I have spent several weeks in the UK and always cherished these robust breakfast feasts. Actually, if you look, and are a bit "choosey" you can get similar breakfasts from St. Petersburg/Moscow to Rome, all over Portugal, Italy, and of course back to GB. Ingredients/items may vary quite a bit from country to country, but that's what makes such a breakfast so great. I truly enjoy such a breakfast in my own home at least once a month....even more often when I want to just indulge myself!"
"Definitely must have baked beans and chips! I do a big fry up for breakfast every now and then for my British husband. Love it! :)"
"OHHH, FT !! How you made me LONG for the many trips' Cross The Pond, where we would Bed and Breakfast for 3 weeks at a time (in the '80's)- and partake of this lovely start to the day EVERY day !! It held us nicely til we looked for a Pub Lunch around noon, then Tea with scones and strawberry jam at 4 PM, as an appetizer before dinner at 7 !! Small wonder we look as we do today ! Thanks for the memory."
"Spent 3 years in England, and years later I decided to cook this for my wife on her birthday...results were great. She felt like it was restaurant quality (and I'm not that good of a cook, so props to the recipe). Very authentic if you follow the directions."
"As an Englishman the FEB is a cherished item of my food culture though, as it must be actually a fried breakfast (as opposed to the less tasty low fat option of grilling), then it has to be taken sparingly. However when on holiday I really do make a pig of myself each morning which has the benefit of filling me up nicely so that I do not require anything else to eat until the evening meal. I spent a week on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland where a lovely bowl of porridge was the 'starter'. The fried breakfast was a mountain on the plate with a great chunk of black pudding just lightly fried. It was a good job that the holiday was a walking holiday as I think that I would have sunk the ferry back to Oban. Try black pudding uncooked: the making of the pudding is actually cooking so that you are OK to eat it like that and I enjoy it with some apple but that is just me."
"I have always wanted to make a FEB and this recipe was just perfect! I made everything except the black pudding. There is a store in the village that sells items from Britain so I went there for groceries, jams, etc. Made for my English neighbors and they were overjoyed! Thank you so much for sharing, French Tart! Made for the Think Pink Tag Game In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, October 2008."
"FEB? This is almost like the breakfast special at the "Milky Way" in Fort Loudon, PA! The potatoes are not optional, the pudding is... Panackes included along with eggs your way! It seems us folks on this side of the pond like to eat like you folks on that side of the pond ! LOL!!!! Love it FT!!!!!"