The ultimate makeover: Full English breakfast

The ultimate makeover: Full English breakfast

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 2
Angela Nilsen makes a healthier version of an iconic English meal - without losing the nostalgia

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal618
  • fat37g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre5g
  • protein37g
  • salt3.05g
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Ingredients

  • 4 rashers good-quality lean unsmoked back bacon
  • 4 brown-cap portabello mushrooms
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 12-16 cherry tomatoes on the vine, room temperature
  • 6 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 slices granary or wholegrain bread, cut on the diagonal
  • 2 good-quality free-range pork sausages, minimum 86% pork
  • 2 free-range, omega-3 rich eggs, room temperature
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • few drops cider vinegar
  • 2 x 100ml / 3½ fl oz glasses freshly-squeezed orange juice, plus 1 orange cut into wedges
  • handful fresh blueberries (about 50g/2oz)
    Blueberry

    Blueberry

    bloo-bear-ee

    Blueberries are one of the few edibles native to North America and credited with being…

Method

  1. Lay the bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes on a foil-lined tray. Brush the tops of the mushrooms with 3 tsp of the oil and both sides of the bread with the remaining oil. Set aside. Heat the grill to very hot. Lay the sausages on a small foil-lined tray (best not to prick good-quality sausages or they may lose moisture). Grill for about 10 mins until cooked, turning occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, three-quarters fill a small pan, and a wide, deep sauté pan with water. Bring both to the boil. Lower an egg into the small pan and remove after 30 secs. Crack the egg into a cup. Add vinegar to the larger pan then, using a wire whisk, swirl the water around to create a whirlpool. Remove the whisk and slowly tip the egg into the centre of the whirlpool (see top picture). When the water comes back to the boil, remove the pan from the heat, cover and leave for 3 mins, then remove the egg. Place in a bowl of warm water while you cook the other egg – or cook both eggs an hour ahead, leave in a bowl of iced water, then reheat for 1½ mins in simmering water before serving.

  3. Meanwhile heat a griddle pan to very hot. Place the tomatoes, bacon and mushrooms under the grill for 3-4 mins without turning. At the same time, lay the bread on the griddle pan, cook until crisp, about 1 min each side. Drain everything on kitchen paper.

  4. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on a cloth. Arrange everything on a plate and serve with the juice and fruit.

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eathealthyNutrition
11th Jun, 2016
How can someone think that English breakfast can be healthy? It's the most unhealthy breakfast I have ever seen. Eat this an you'll be obese, and have several diet related diseases. Why not to try eating healthier and in smaller portions?
cnhedley
9th Aug, 2014
. . . this not a full english breakfast . . . call it what you will but don't hijack the perfect way to start the weekend . . . if you want to be healthy, go and eat your muesli sandwiches but leave the FEB alone!
vanessaw585@gma...
6th Jul, 2014
I thought that you should not re-heat eggs?
tish77tosh
23rd May, 2013
This recipe is loaded with fat and very high in calories. It might be slightly healthier that a fried one, but cannot possibly be considered a healthy option
andycrofts
12th Feb, 2013
Sorry, but that wouldn't even keep a rat alive! I couldn't do a mornings graft on that! Try: http://tinyurl.com/b929eom Now: My friend was a Mushroom farmer (How he herded them into the pen every night, I'll never know). Anyway, he'd visit occasionally with the biggest Portobello mushies I'd ever seen! Peeled, de-storked and grilled, with a knob of butter and a splash of milk in the middle for 10 minutes, they were basically our plates - and they were as big!. Loadsa beans, lashings of bacon, black pudding, fried kidneys, fried sliced bread, fried tomatoes, fried onions? What is this 'Sunflower Oil' wimpy folks talk about?? Nah. LARD!!!
Honeygran
13th Feb, 2012
What is an omega-3 rich egg? I need to tell my chickens!
natashakenworthy
24th Jan, 2012
Love finding alternatives to breakfast. I have just posted about the dangers of eating cereal: http://thenourishingroad.blogspot.com/2012/01/cereal-killers-and-why-i-love-porridge.html Check it out!
revjames
23rd Nov, 2011
4.05
To be even more healthy I would whizz the bread, replace the olive oil with coconut oil ( using less of it ) and the orange juice with greek yogurt.
alexa_4912
22nd May, 2011
This is how I always make a cooked breakfast anyway! Stick a few sausages, a few rashers of bacon and some tomatoes and mushrooms under the grill; plus a slice of wholemeal toast, a poached egg and maybe some beans. Much nicer than the greasy "traditional" version, and so much healthier. Great ideas for making breakfast less fatty; although you can easily skip the olive oil too.
andycrofts
8th Jan, 2011
Minor disagreement/changes: Eggs need to be fresh (catch 'em before they hit the ground, if you can!) and 'fridge-cold. Put a knob of butter and a splash of milk in each portobello mushroom*. If you don't prick the sausages, be prepared for a cleaning job on the oven later. They WILL explode. Why do you think they're called "Bangers??" * Friend of mine was a "mushroom farmer". How the hell he herded them into their pen every night defeated me, but...he used to bring Portobello Mushrooms the size of a dinner plate. So, naturally, we used them instead of a plate. No cleaning up, the dog licked the table clean...Oh, for those days ;-)

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