Jared, our oldest, was 10 years old on our first trip to the United Kingdom. He enjoys discovering new lands with interesting history and cultures. The trip highlights for him were Stonehenge - of course, the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace, Warwick Castle and the big English breakfasts - specifically the cooked tomatoes that found their way onto our plates all over England. When we returned home from Europe, Jared requested cooked tomatoes many mornings for breakfast. After seeing Jamie Oliver cook his 'Midnight Pan Fried Breakfast', I knew I had found a quick answer to Jared's breakfast request. While he was in high school and woke up daily at 5:30 am for band, this English breakfast was on the menu at least 2 or 3 times a week. I always wanted him to start his day with a good breakfast, knowing lunch was 7 hours away. This truly has become a favored 'treat' in our household, whether it's dinnertime or 5:30 in the morning, it's good all of the time! Enjoy!
- salt and pepper
- First of all get the biggest pan available, preferably non-stick, and preheat it on the highest heat while you gather your ingredients. Obviously, it's a matter of using what you've got, but ideally I like to have mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, sausages and eggs.
- By the time you have got these together, the pan will be hot so add sausages and pat them out flat so they cook quickly.
- On the other side, put a tablespoon or so of oil, if you're not using a non-stick pan, and place a pile of mushrooms over it which can be sliced or whole. Shake the pan about a bit to coat the mushrooms, with either the oil or the fat from the sausages, and season with some salt and pepper.
- Push to one side and then lay some slices of bacon and halved tomatoes, cut side down in the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until the bacon is crisp and golden and tomatoes are soft and the sides start to split.
- Shake the pan a little and turn the bacon over. Now is the time to put a round of toast in the toaster.
- At this stage you should respect the rustic and authentic look and shuffle everything about so that it's all mixed together and add however many eggs you want at different spots in the pan. The whites of the eggs will dribble in and around the sausage, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms.
- You could turn the heat down a little at this point. Cook for another 1 or 2 minutes until the yolks are slightly soft or to your liking, season eggs.
- In a non-stick pan, I've always found the removal of this dish to the plate extremely easy. It will slide onto your plate with no trouble at all. Doesn't that sound appetizing? Anytime of day, honestly, it really is a gem.