It’s no secret that brunch is my favorite meal. A simple search of QGNC brings up a multitude of brunch-related posts, all of which involve me singing praise over this perfect amalgam of breakfast and lunch. While most weekends involve an outing (or two!) to one of many local brunch spots, I occasionally prefer to whip something up at home.
During my time abroad, I fell in love with the traditional breakfast fare of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Known as a “full breakfast,” the contents of this protein-rich meal vary according to region and local preference.
Today I’m sharing my take on the traditional Irish breakfast. Baked instead of fried, this version is made in one pan (which means minimal clean-up!). Some traditional ingredients are tricky to find in the United States, so I’ve substituted where necessary. Read on to find out how to make your own full Irish breakfast at home!
- 5 pork sausages
- 4 strips bacon (or bacon rashers, if you can find them)
- 2 Yukon gold potatoes
- 1 tomato
- 1 16oz can baked beans
- 3 eggs
- paprika (optional)
- chili powder (optional)
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Scrub the potatoes, then chop into bite-sized pieces.
Put the sausages and chopped potatoes in a large ovenproof pan or cast iron skillet. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
While the sausages and potatoes cook, chop your bacon up into small pieces. Add the bacon to the skillet, stir up the potatoes, and cook for another 10 minutes.
Now chop the tomatoes into big chunks. Add baked beans and optional spices to the skillet and stir them in with the bacon, potatoes, and sausages. Clear a space for the tomatoes, and add these to the skillet.
Crack the eggs on top of the beans mixture. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until egg whites are no longer clear. (If you don't like runny yolks, leave in for an extra 5 minutes once the egg whites turn white.)
Serve with a thick slice of Irish soda bread or toast, hot sauce, and an Irish coffee or Irish breakfast tea.
Feel free to adjust the ingredients based on number of people eating and hunger level. This recipe calls for two very hungry people.
You can serve this with any beverage you like, but I recommend an Irish Coffee. Start your coffee maker after you put in the bacon, then mix up your Irish coffee while you wait for the eggs to cook. I love this recipe from the Food Network.