Explaining The Irish Breakfast

Whether you’re across the pond, at the counter of an American-Irish pub, or in the comfort of your own kitchen, an Irish Breakfast might be in your near-future. A Full Irish Breakfast comes loaded with a history and tradition as rich as its protein-filled plate, and thanks to an article published by Martha Steart’s cooking blog, the culture of the Irish Breakfast is brought to the light of day.

You should approach an irish breakfast with a big appetite, as tradition dictates that this meal consists of four breakfast meats, sunny side up eggs, button mushrooms, baked beans, tomato halves, plenty of toast, rich and golden irish butter, marmalade, and last (but not least) a hot, strong “cuppa,” otherwise known as irish tea with milk.

Though, the above list of ingredients has many variants depending on the specific irishman cooking or taste of those holding the forks, but no matter the specifics, it’s generally accepted that the feast that is the Full Irish Breakfast is not only a sign of enormous hospitality, but it’s also the test of an expert cook, as timing of all of the above to be served at once and remain hot is a tricky needle to thread.

In addition to the meat and eggs that pack a bulk of the plate’s protein is the button mushrooms that are cooked in butter until tender, canned baked beans, and tomato halves that may be pan-fried or broiled, depending on the chef. As for the stack of toast, this can be bread of the soft, pre-sliced variety, known to the Irish as “pan” or it can consist of brown soda bread. In addition to these cooking variations, an observer should be wary if any deep-fat fryers are present, as many prefer to cook their bread in the bacon fat. Though, if you’re in northern Ireland, you may be served a small skillet cake called a “fadge,” which holds a potato in its dough. Lastly, no matter the plating, a true irish breakfast never has hash browns nor what the English and Irish refer to as “chips.”

When cooking the Irish Breakfast, great care must be taken (from sourcing to cooking) in order to avoid an overly-greasy dish. Also, to prepare to serve all finished products at the same time, a careful host should have two skillets and a broiler ready. Begin by frying the bacon so that you can use the let-behind fat to cook the other ingredients, save the eggs which are fried seperately. The slices of bacon (also called “rashers”) are often strips of irish bacon, which is loin or back bacon, and it’s similar to what we call Canadian Bacon, as it’s not as streaked with fat as traditional American bacon. These rashers are accompanied by tender irish sausages, which are stuffed with finely ground pork, breadcrumbs, and herbs. Be careful, as these “bangers,” as they’re known in England, will pop in the hot skillet if they’re not pricked in a few places prior to cooking.

While they both hail from the same continent, the Irish Breakfast and the English Breakfast have striking differences between them despite their immediate similarities, such as the English Breakfast including fried potatoes and the Irish often using sliced black or white pudding. Note, the term “pudding” here is misleading, as these resemble fat, country-style sausages. The iron-rich, incredibly savory ingredient has a history in Ireland, as it substituted many country-diets during leaner times. The second half of the 20th century saw the industrialization of these foods with every Irish county’s butchers and artisanal producers producing sausages, puddings, breads, and preserves with local ingredients to supply chefs with what they need for a protein-rich breakfast to start the day “Irish Right.”

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14 Breakfast Recipes Worth Trying

Some days, getting yourself out of bed can feel nearly impossible. But what is something that makes almost everyone feel better? Food! Here are some delicious breakfast recipes from Delish that will make you excited to jump out of bed and fuel your body for the day!

Carrot Cake Bread

“I just made this carrot cake bread, it came out really good. I made it exactly like it said. My husband and I really liked it! I definitely will be making it again! Thank you for sharing!” 

Mini Breakfast Pizzas

“These adorable English muffin pizzas are way better than that cold, leftover slice in the back of your fridge.” 

Hash Brown Cups Breakfast Recipe

“Forget putting your eggs on toast—these crispy potato cups are tastier and will keep you full all morning.”

Muffin Tin Frittatas

“Eggs are rich in choline, which helps your central nervous system to function and keeps your energy up, plus this muffin tin trick makes plenty of mini frittatas that you can grab on your way out the door.”

Breakfast Recipe – Crescent Casserole

“This is the best breakfast casserole I’ve made! I added dry mustard, onion powder & chili powder for a little heat. Also, the second time I made this I used Pillsbury Grands Hawaiian biscuits, turned out awesome. Will be making this regularly.”

Granola Cups

“This spoon-free breakfast is a great way to fill up on healthy fare in the AM. It’s a low-fat, low-sugar option that won’t leave you feeling sluggish and sleepy, and one batch will last the whole week!”

Baked Avocado Egg Boats

“If you love avocado and bacon and enjoy eggs then give these a try. Keep an eye on them as they start getting close to the 20 minutes.  Take them out when they look good to you.  They are excellent.”

Spaghetti Frittata Breakfast Recipe

“Carbs = energy, which means slow-moving mornings call for pasta. Throw leftover cooked spaghetti in a skillet with eggs, bacon and cheese for a breakfast that will seriously help you use your noodle.” 

Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole

“Family favorite recipe. I use it for all holiday breakfasts and all my friends and relatives ask for the recipe each and every year.” 

Cauliflower Benedict Breakfast Recipe

“Cook up a twist on your favorite brunch item that will keep you light on your feet, with the added bonus of Vitamin C from the genius cauliflower base.”

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

“The natural sugars in fruit can help boost your thinking ability, so blend up your favorite smoothie (and top with fresh blueberries for antioxidants) for a sharp start to the day.”

Birthday Cake Granola

“There’s no denying that the colorful pop of sprinkles makes EVERYTHING better.”

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

“What could be better than waking up to a breakfast that’s already made? Throw together these mason jar meals before bed and you’ll have creamy oats that taste like your favorite pastry first thing in the AM.”

Breakfast Recipe-Fried Rice

“If you wake up ravenous, you’re going to need more than cereal to prepare for the daily grind. This recipe channels your favorite takeout, but with enough bacon and eggs to keep you in the morning mindset.”

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Skillet Breakfast Recipe To Please Everyone

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however, many of us skip it. Taste of Home delivers with the perfect one skillet breakfast. This recipe is so good you will want to eat it for every meal. The best part? This recipe is so versatile that all the vegetables can be switched out to match the ones that are in season.  Picky eater?  If one ingredient doesn’t fit your taste buds, this recipe is just a base. Feel free to put your own spin on it.

 INGREDIENTS

  • ½ pound of fresh chorizo, or you can use bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped up
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped up
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped up
  • 1 medium onion, chopped up
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped up
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Make sure they are minced
  • ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

UTENSILS

INSTRUCTIONS

The first step to this great breakfast skillet is to place the large skillet on the stove and turn the heat up to medium. Add the chorizo, the red and yellow peppers, and onion. Cook these ingredients for 4 to 6 minutes, making sure the chorizo is fully cooked. You want to make sure that it is broken into pieces/crumbles once it is fully cooked. This will make the chorizo easier to distribute throughout the mixture. The next step is to actually strain the ingredients in the skillet. There will be excess grease, so make sure to get rid of it before adding the next set of ingredients.

The third step is to add the tomatoes, zucchini, and garlic or your choice of veggies. Mix all of the ingredients together in the skillet. Add the 1 teaspoon of paprika, stirring once again to make sure everything is distributed evenly. You should then cover the skillet and cook everything for 5 to 7 minutes, it could take longer. Make sure to check and see if the vegetables are tender to know if they are cooked enough.

The last cooking step is to take the spoon and make wells in the mixture. Four wells to be exact. Once the wells are made, take an egg and break it into each well. This is where the salt and pepper should be added. Feel free to add any other seasoning you desire. Cover the skillet again and cook the eggs for 4 to 6 minutes. You want the eggs whites to set completely, but the yolks should just be thick. They should not be hard.

Remove the breakfast skillet from the heat. Take the ½ cup of cheddar cheese and sprinkle it on top of the skillet. Cover the skillet again so the cheese will melt.

Cooking tips:

Buy tortillas to use to make breakfast wraps. It makes it an easy to-go breakfast and you can prepare them in advance.

You can substitute the chorizo for regular breakfast sausage if spicy food isn’t your favorite in a breakfast skillet.

Make for dinner and serve with biscuits. Use the biscuits to get every last bite.

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