Full English Breakfast




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One of the quintessential English dishes, still very popular in many of the top restaurants across the land, the 'Full English Breakfast' is quite possibly one of the highest forms of culinary art and without doubt one of the most famous breakfast offerings in the world, only second to the French omelette.

Being a self confessed connoisseur of this creation, I did drive many miles over many years, between the furthest reaches of the British Isles, to comprehensively research the 'Full English' phenomenon.

In doing so, I encountered many imitations and imposters, namely the 'Full Irish', 'Full Scottish' and the 'Full Monty' and many deviations from the true recipe but now, at last, here are the results of many decades of tireless work by myself, now considered to be one of the foremost experts on the subject.

Although, by definition a breakfast, this dish can be eaten at any time of the day and is often consumed by hung over party goers on a Sunday afternoon as a very effective cure for over enthusiastic alcohol consumption during the previous night.

Step 1: Ingredients

Not surprisingly, ingredients play a crucial role in this recipe and there are very strict rules to follow when preparing the meal and maintaining it's absolute authenticity:

1. Sausages (best local produce)


1. Muesli / Cereal

2. Bacon (best local produce)

2. Fries / Chips

3. Eggs (free range organic)

3. Pancakes

4. Baked Beans (Heinz)

4. Bagels

5. Tomatoes (fresh)

5. Mustard

6. Mushrooms (fresh)

6. White Pudding

7. Black Pudding

7. Muffins

8. Hash Browns

8. Burgers

9. Fried Bread

9. Crumpets

10. Tomato Sauce (Heinz)

10. Smoothie

11. Brown Sauce (Hp)

11. Green Vegetables

12. Butter (best local produce)

12. Margarine

13. Sunflower oil

13. Coffee

14. Yorkshire Tea

14. Hot Chocolate

Step 2: Vegetarian Option

Although the Full English is a meat dish with 14 ingredients, there is the possibility of the 'Half English' which might contain 7 ingredients such as the hash browns, mushrooms, tomato, egg and sauces.

Step 3: Prepare the Workspace

It's often a good idea to tidy up the kitchen area before engaging on such an ambitious project as the 'Full English'.

Step 4: Prick the Sausages

Get the sausages and black pudding cooking under a hot grill.

Step 5: Grill the Bacon and Hash Browns

Turn the sausages and black pudding over after 10 minutes and add the bacon and hash browns to the grill and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes being careful not to burn the sausages.

Step 6: Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Chop the veg, open the can of beans and cook in separate pans on the hob. The mushrooms are fried in butter with the tomatoes.

Step 7: Toast

Toast some bread ready to be flash fried after the eggs have finished.

Step 8: Egg

The egg must be cooked in a clean frying pan with fresh vegetable oil. The oil should be no hotter than the boiling point of water (100 degrees C). The egg should be kept in one piece and the white part free of bubbles or other defects.

Step 9: Flash Fry the Toast

By now the meat and hash browns should be cooked at it's time to serve up. When serving, traditionally the egg is served last but here we're going to serve it second to last just before the fried bread. The toast is flash fried at high temperature whilst everything else is kept warm under the grill.

Step 10: Arrangement on the Plate

The egg is normally placed on top of some of the other ingredients, but none of the other ingredients should be on top of one another and side plates/pots etc are not allowed. Basically, it's all about getting as much on one plate as possible and if your plate is not big enough - get a bigger one!

Once served, your breakfast may attract the attention of dogs and other humans so it's best to eat it straight away.

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    10 months ago

    smell like british from revolutionary time....


    12 months ago

    Having grown up in Cape Breton they must be beans in molasses not tomato sauce.


    1 year ago

    I substitute fishcakes f[or hash browns :)


    1 year ago

    Uhhh this is definitely not "without doubt the single most famous breakfast offering in the world". I think you are confusing "the world" with "Britain" or maybe even "The EU".

    3 replies

    So what could possibly be more famous? The French breakfast? The Italian breakfast? The African Breakfast The Australian Breakfast? ........ There is no breakfast more famous than this one Period.


    ...uh ... you are aware there are about a billion other breakfast dishes than ones that conform to "Xcountry Breakfast" right? For one, omelettes are massively more unanimously known than the English Breakfast. The vast majority of Americans for example have never even heard of it, a small percentage know that it has beans and tomato and that's the extent of their familiarity, and an extreme minority know all the components. And just about every other country in the world (at least ones that weren't former colonies) is the same. I'd bet a month's salary that the extreme majority on the African continent have never heard of it (despite numerous former colonies), whereas just about every restaurant I went to in three African countries all served omelettes.


    I did not realise that an omelette was a breakfast dish, even though I am 1/4 French. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it has quite an interesting history. I will rephrase the opening statement of this instructable to

    "without doubt the one of the most famous breakfast offerings in the world, only second to the omelette"

    Thank you for correcting me!

    Cheese Queen

    1 year ago

    Americans certainly do eat canned baked beans, but generally not for breakfast and not in sandwiches.

    But can someone explain "HP sauce"? And I thought breakfast tomatoes were fried right along with that slice.

    5 replies
    MagnusT5Cheese Queen

    Reply 1 year ago

    just because we do not does not mean it wrong or not good you might be surprised as I know I been

    JimTheSoundmanCheese Queen

    Reply 1 year ago

    HP Sauce is a unique product unto itself, but the closest equivalent American product would be A-1 Steak Sauce.


    Reply 1 year ago

    HP has been a Heinz brand for several years, and made in Holland, not England since the takeover. Afficianados think the newer product is too vinegary, YMMV.

    Anyway, I've found it in our local (central PA) supermarket in the US condiments section. .


    1 year ago

    The Full English. Simply serve your enemy a large breakfast
    consisting of pudding, beans, chips, tea, bread, fried bread, lard,
    fried lard, fried tea, fried beans, bacon, lard, fried lard, beans,
    pudding, mushrooms, eggs (fried), butter and marzipan. This will
    incapacitate them, allowing you to whack them over the head with a
    shovel and steal their whippet.

    3 replies
    Tecwyn Twmffatslackpat

    Reply 1 year ago

    The Eye of the Hovis. Distract your enemy with a small to medium sized brass band. They will be mesmerised by the music, and their feet will not stop tapping. Not until you stuff a pudding down their shirt front, anyway. If they get annoyed, have a ukelele handy for a cheeky song or two.


    1 year ago

    i dream of this breakfast.
    since learning about it -, i've eaten at ihop, and i've eaten at denny's; my wife makes breakfast on sundays occasionally...

    but nothing fills the hole in my heart that only eating this breakfast will fill. i have to have it. i dont want to make it because i'd be the only one eating it in my household. i cant find it anywhere to eat in florida and it makes me sad.


    1 year ago

    That is not fried bread. It is fried toast. I have never seen that on any real breakfast.


    1 year ago

    Fantastic that there is an intructable for the great "full english" on here! massive kudos. I only have one big problem. Sausages. they should never be pricked and should always be cooked under/on a low light/temp. Do you remember the BBC Gary Rhodes mini ad where he climed a coastal cliff to tell a camper not to prick his sausages? any way, the whys and wherefores are explained below courtesy of "http://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/the-sausage-dil...

    Should I prick my sausages before cooking them? L. Ho

    "Never, ever prick a sausage. There is a theory that pricking a sausage lets the fat out, making them healthier. That's like wanting to visit the Berlin Wall but being afraid of Germans. Sausages are, by definition, fatty. By Australian law they can be up to 50 per cent fat. But fat is the flavour, and if you want to avoid fat you should avoid sausages. Low-fat sausages are about as pointless as dehydrated water. Cook sausages slowly over low heat on a greased grill, turning several times. High heat will simply cause them to split their skins and expunge their precious bodily fluids. Sausages also like a little rest after cooking."

    But still, well done on a great Intructable!!!