English breakfast 2.0! (Almost) all wonderful ingredients of a true English breakfast rolled into one easy-to-eat dish. Say hello to the English Breakfast Frittata.
I am deeply impressed by the ingenuity of the British. English inventions range from the blindingly brilliant to the ever-so slightly bonkers. Among them are useful solutions to problems that have tested mankind for generations and answers to issues that didn’t yet exist. Here’s my top 10 list:
- The TV (John Logie Baird, 1925). What would we do without it?
- The Telephone (Alexander Graham Bell, 1875)
- Photography (Thomas Wedgewood, 1802)
- World Wide Web (Tim Berners Lee, 1989)
- Electronic programmable computer (Tommy Flowers, 1943)
- Chocolate bar (JS Fry & Sons, 1847)
- Tin can (Peter Durand, 1810)
- Thermos flask (Sir James Dewar, 1892)
- Automatic kettle (Peter Hobbs, 1955)
- English Breakfast (unknown, Middle Ages)
Of course, there’s also Newton’s Laws, the Electric Motor, the smallpox vaccine, the electric motor and almost every modern sport. But what is the one invention that makes us especially happy in the morning? Exactly. The good old fry-up. Around since the Middle Ages, it became popular during the Victorian era and was first featured in print in Isabella Beeton’s The Book of Household Management (1861).
Let’s have a look at the main ingredients that make this breakfast so intensely satisfying: Eggs. Bacon. Sausage. Tomatoes. Mushrooms. Note I am not mentioning the beans here – sorry, I am not a fan. This might be a genetic thing. You possibly have to be born British to like baked beans. Anyhow, unless you make your own, neither are they a healthy choice as tinned baked beans are generally packed with added sugars. I also rarely eat toast any more as I find that a combination of protein, fibre and healthy fats fuels me much better and longer.
Apart from the bean issue, there is only one more downside ti English Breakfast I can come up with. English Breakfast leftovers. Anyone looking forward to eat those? Sad, shrivelled tomatoes, droopy mushrooms and half-eaten sausages do not make my heart jump. A fry-up has to be eaten on the spot. There’s no cooking ahead.
That’s why I have taken the liberty to improve upon the English Breakfast. Say hello to the English Breakfast Frittata!
The English Breakfast Frittata is a classic fry-up rolled into one easy-to-eat, easy-to-store dish. It can be made ahead, eaten hot or cold. It can even be enjoyed on-the-go. That’s already FIVE benefits! Plus, you can add a crunchy green side salad for extra healthy points. If you ask me, this invention is BIG.
It’s best to prepare your English Breakfast Frittata night before you want to eat it. Which would be benefit number SEVEN, as you can rest your knackered brain in the morning. Who needs the stress of having to juggle the correct cooking times of at least five ingredients simultaneously? To get everything on a plate, all piping hot and looking perfectly yummy, is not an easy feat. In the morning, life has to be EASY.
Eating an English Breakfast Frittata is as relaxing and invigorating as a mini morning meditation session. All you need to do is fire up your oven and gently heat your frittata, while you check the news, sip your first cup of tea and contentedly hum the tune of God Save The Queen. Then you simply cut it into pretty slices and serve. Ta-da.
Now, Your Majesty, that’s a truly perfect English Breakfast.
- 10 large eggs
- 3 pork sausages (choose the highest possible meat content)
- 3 slices of back bacon
- 250g portobello mushrooms
- handful of cherry tomatoes
- parsley, to serve
- Press the sausage meat out of the casings, break it up until it looks like ground meat and fry on the hob in a small ovenproof pan (24 cm diameter) for around 5 minutes. No extra oil needed!
- Add your sliced mushrooms with 1 chopped clove of garlic. Put a lid on your pan and fry for another 5 minutes or until done. Stir if necessary
- While the sausages and mushrooms are browning, grill your bacon in the oven. Once it's done, cut into small pieces
- Whisk together the 10 eggs with a dash of salt and pepper and add the egg mixture to the pan. Stir. Replace the lid and cook on a low heat for 2 minutes until the bottom begins to set.
- Now carefully place the sliced cherry tomatoes and bacon pieces on the top of the frittata.
- Cook for another 3 minutes with the lid on until the egg is almost set and the frittata is turning golden brown on the bottom.
- Turn the grill to a low eat. Place in pan (no lid) the oven and let the frittata cook for ca 10 minutes or until the egg is fully set and is golden brown on the top.
- Slice and serve with chopped parsley scattered on top and a green side salad