There are only two tricks that I know to making the perfect breakfast. The first is to use the best possible ingredients. The second is not to get stressed. It’s all about timing…and that is actually very easy!
It’s healthier and easier to cook as much as possible in the oven. And with modern fan ovens that really doesn’t take too long. It’s a good idea to heat the plates up in the top oven if you have one.
Here’s my own ‘basic’ for a breakfast. I don’t like egg, so my own plate (above) is eggless…but I still cook them for my family!
1 or 2 sausages per person. I use venison because they are lower in fat and cholesterol but still really meaty.
2 rashers of bacon per person. My own preference is for smoked back bacon
1 tomato per person
1 large field mushroom per person
1 egg per person
Set the oven to 180c
Half the tomatoes and cut out the core
Wipe the mushrooms with a piece of damp kitchen towel and trim the stalks
Put the sausages in a large roasting tray in the oven and pierce them a few times to stop them splitting and let the fat drain out You shouldn’t need any extra fat or oil
Cook for 10 minutes then take out and turn.
Tilt the pan gently so all the sausage fat is spread out
Lay the mushroom and tomato out in the pan and season well with salt and pepper. Lay the bacon over the mushroom and tomato
Put back in the oven for about 10 more minutes, once you think it’s nearly ready take the bacon off the mushrooms and tomato to crisp up a bit while you cook the egg.
A minute or so before everything is cooked, heat up a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and gently fry the eggs. If you pierce the white with a fork, it will help cook it through quickly, as will spooning the oil over the white
Serve the eggs first, so they don’t overcook, then everything from the oven.
Add thick slices of black pudding at the same time as the sausages go in to be cooked.
Fry slices of bread ahead of frying the egg and keep warm in the oven.
Warm up some baked beans(!)
If you have any left over mashed potato, you can fry that up ahead of the egg and keep it warm in the oven.