Hash Browns (homemade is best, recipe follows)
Tomato (good quality, ripe only)
Free-Range Organic eggs (we prefer Sirin Farm eggs)
Baked Beans (homemade or Heinz)
A good English come down to good ingredients, as well as using Sloane’s meats, ensure all the ingredients are of a high quality. Eggs should always be free-range, the difference is huge! Not everyone agrees on having baked beans on an English breakfast, but if you do, again, make sure they are either homemade (beans baked with a slab of bacon is ideal) or buy a good quality brand like Heinz.
Before making a full English I usually set the oven to about 160 C and have a tray in there and get a few pans out ready. One medium frying pan for sausages, black pudding and tomatoes. One griddle pan for the bacon and mushrooms. One non stick pan for the eggs and a small sauce pan for the beans.
Step One. Medium Pan
Add a splash of oil to the pan and have it on a medium heat. First add the sausages. Slowly roll these in the pan so they get a good even colour and crisp up the skin, this will take about 10 minutes. During this time, in the same pan sear the sides of the black pudding and add the tomato too. Once you have a nice colour to all of them add to the tray in the oven to slowly cook through while you get the rest of the items on.
Add your hash browns to the oven to reheat now too.
Step 2. Griddle Pan
Now it’s time for your bacon. Having a mix of two styles of bacon is perfect for an English breakfast, so we use both Back and the smoked belly bacons on ours. Bacon is a personal choice, so if you like it extra crispy turn the heat up a little and crispy it up. I like to use a griddle pan as it cooks the bacon in a way you get some extra caramelized areas, but without it drying up completely.
But for here, no need for oil, plenty of fat will come out of the bacon, just heat up the pan and cook the bacon until it’s add your prefered crispness. Remove the bacon and put aside to drain, but keep the fat in the pan. Now seaon your mushrooms and add to the bacon pan to take in all that flavour. Sear on both sides until cooked through and then add both the mushrooms and bacon to the oven tray.
Put your beans on to reheat
Step 3. Non- stick pan.
Now everything is about ready and being kept warm in the oven and it’s time to cook your eggs. Eggs are another personal preference, but no one likes an old dried up egg, so what ever style you do, do them last.
I like fried eggs and for me they should be gently good in very little oil. An egg fried fast in lots of oil goes well on top of a Pad Krapao, but it’s too greasy to go on plate that already has fatty foods like bacon and sausages. Although many may disagree!
For me they are best cooked slowly in a non-stick pan with just a tiny amount of oil. Just enough to be able to splash a little over the tops to set the white, but keep the yolk soft.
By now everything should be cooked through and warm, but without drying up. Add to your plates and serve with a good HP sauce or Ketchup
Hash Brown Recipe
Most places buy them, but they are easy to make.
Salt & Pepper
- Shred your potato. This can be done by either a Japanese mandoline or simply on a large grater.
- Once shredded, season with salt and leave for 1-2 minutes. Then squeeze as much water as you can out by wrapping in a cloth and twisting.
- After this add a little melted butter, a few twists from a pepper mill and give it a good mix.
- Take a small ball of the mix, flatten slightly and fry in a little oil until crispy and golden. Gently turn and briefly fry the other side and then place in the oven for about 15 minutes to cook through. A metal mould is good if you want a neater hash brown, but a more rustic shape produces some great crispy edges.