Irish Breakfast
"There is an old motto that says “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”, meaning it is smart to start the day with a full breakfast in your belly to give you sustenance throughout the day. This motto undoubtedly can be applied to the traditional full Irish Breakfast. It is a meal that was traditionally assembled to prepare one for a full day of work on the farm on a cold winter morning. And while opinion may be divided on what is in an Irish breakfast, basically, main ingredients remain the same; bacon, sausages, beans, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and potato. They are fried in a little knob of Irish butter and served with a side of soda or brown bread. And the only rule regarding the full breakfast, besides it’s traditional components, is that it must be finished. A Full Irish is like a good book - if you don't see it through to the end, what was the point in starting in the first place?"
-- @dianemorrisey


Prep time 15mins
Cook time 1hr 30mins
Serves or Makes: 1


For the Baked Beans

  • 2 15 ounce cans baked beans
  • 1/ 4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/ 4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices crispy bacon, chopped

For the Potatoes

  • 1 potato, of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Tomatoes

  • 1 beefsteak tomato
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Plate

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 sausage
  • 1/ 2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 slice brown bread or soda bread

To Make the Baked Beans


  • Step 1

    Make the baked beans: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Combine all ingredients in a 9-inch baking dish. Bake for 1 hour.

  • Step 2

    Make the tomatoes: Raise the oven to 425ºF. Slice the tomato into 1/4-inch thick slices. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast until softened and browned in spots, about 25 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Make the potatoes: Cut the potato into medium cubes. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then spread in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

  • Step 4

    Heat 1 tablespoon of butter int a cast-iron skillet on medium heat. Fry the bacon and sausage until crispy, about 3 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer to the plate, then fry the eggs in the skillet, cooking for about 3-4 minutes until the whites are set and the yolks still runny. Add more butter to the skillet as needed.

  • Step 5

    Once everything is cooked, arrange it all on the plate with the bacon and mushrooms. Serve with a slice of bread.