Full English Breakfast
When served my first “Full English” I stared in disbelief at the baked beans. After downing the entire lot that was on my plate I understood the concept—it’s the perfect cure for too many pints from the night before. The Full English Breakfast (and no, I didn’t see any “half” English breakfasts), is served all over Britain and usually very reasonably priced. Except for the bacon (which is actually more like American ham) & sausage, the other ingredients are no big deal on their own and a couple of them are fairly miserable-the bland broiled tomatoes and the sautéed mushrooms, but served as a whole, it works! I will never ever understand the obligatory baked beans or the fact that they must be Heinz Baked Beans. This is one of the meals I miss the most when I remember trips to England.
There’s no way to elegantly plate one of these. A Full English always has the following items all on the same plate:
Baked beans (Heinz)
Toast (or fried bread)
Optional items but worthy mention:
Fried grated potato patty
HP Sauce (steak sauce)