The ultimate makeover: Full English breakfast

The ultimate makeover: Full English breakfast

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


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


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



    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



    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)



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


  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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8th Jul, 2017
Are you crazy ? What man on this planet is going to have the time or mental energy to have two pans on the go and follow this clap-trap first thing in the morning ? Not to mention that grilling is an appalling waste of energy and extremely un-green. For GODS SAKE !
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?
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!
6th Jul, 2014
I thought that you should not re-heat eggs?
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
12th Feb, 2013
Sorry, but that wouldn't even keep a rat alive! I couldn't do a mornings graft on that! Try: 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!!!
13th Feb, 2012
What is an omega-3 rich egg? I need to tell my chickens!
24th Jan, 2012
Love finding alternatives to breakfast. I have just posted about the dangers of eating cereal: Check it out!
23rd Nov, 2011
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.
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.


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Jack Poulter
3rd Feb, 2020
I found the meal to be very difficult to craft and it was very unhealthy :( Do not recommend at all! Negative review from me this time!!!
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