An English breakfast is called everything from 'comfort food' to 'heart attack on a plate'- owed to the fact that almost every element is fried. However, it remains a classic and is a favorite English meal (either as breakfast or sometimes as dinner). There are many variations of it all over Britain.
Here is how you can make your own version:
Fry up some streaky fat less or a 'happy middle' kind of batch of bacon strips or rashers until they are brown on both sides. They should not be totally crispy like their American counterparts, but still be soft and ooze their natural juices. Next, fry some pork sausages till they are golden brown.
Then, take some mushrooms and season them with salt and pepper. Fry them on both sides till they are tender, making sure that you fry the flat side first. Add butter into the pan to lend a nutty flavor. Tomatoes are a defining element of this hearty meal. Pick large, firm tomatoes. Cut them in half, and season with salt and pepper. First fry them face down, turn and add butter. They should have a nice sear on them. Do not shake the pan while you are frying them or the tomatoes will release their juices and you will get tomato stew.
Breakfast is complete without bread. Many people enjoy a simple toast, but there are fans of 'fried bread' too. For making fried bread, you need to choose a couple days old medium / large sized bread slice and fry it in olive oil on both sides till it gets golden brown. Fresh bread absorbs too much oil.
Eggs are super important. There are many ways of cooking it, but again, the fried kind is quite popular. Put around a tablespoon of butter in a pan on medium heat, crack open an egg in it and fry till it is cooked the way you like it. Another much-enjoyed feature is the fried potato. Some like fried potato patties, while some like good old finger chips. American style hash browns are becoming quite popular too.
Black Pudding is a very English part of the English breakfast, and is sometimes described as an acquired taste. It is usually disc-shaped and is made from pork blood, fat and oatmeal. It is also fried well in a pan. Baked beans are another component of the meal- they are usually served out of the can. Finally, a nice mug of black tea to wash all of the greasy food down completes a full English breakfast.