It’s not a heart attack on a plate; it’s a heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and a stroke on a plate.
When I lived in Colorado Springs I used to go to Jack Quinn’s, a terrific Irish pub. Jack Quinn’s has an excellent assortment of beers on tap, along with a top-notch selection of Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky. And the menu features all the good stuff: corned beef and cabbage; shepherd’s pie; fish and chips; lamb and barley soup; bangers and mash.
But my favorite item on their menu is a traditional Irish breakfast. Here’s what their menu has to say about it:
Full Irish Breakfast: Two eggs, bangers, rashers, black & white pudding, baked beans, sautéed mushrooms, Celtic potatoes, grilled tomatoes, soda bread toast & honey butter.
Oh, is that all?
Lemme translate that and also list other options for an Irish breakfast. To start with, it’s important to note that this should all be prepared together in a large skillet, because almost all the ingredients are fried in butter.
- Fried egg (or eggs), sunny side up
- Bashers: a “rasher” is British slang for a slice of bacon. Irish bacon if you can find it—Irish bacon has more meat and less fat (don’t worry; you’ll get plenty of other fats in an Irish breakfast!)
- Pork Sausages. A non-negotiable. Irish pork sausages are the best!
- Hash browns or some form of potatoes. Leftover baked (or pan-fried) potatoes are my go-to, however, the Irishman would happily have oven-baked chips with his!
- Soda bread. Irish brown bread is the most common when you are served up a typical Irish breakfast, however, in our house, we alternate between traditional brown soda bread and my bacon & cheddar soda bread.
- Black or white pudding.
- Grilled Tomatoes. We always have cherry tomatoes in the fridge, however you can substitute for any other tomato. You’ll just have to adjust the cooking time for larger fruit it cut it up before cooking.
- Beans. Good old Baked beans either homemade or store-bought.
- Button mushrooms sauteed in a little knob of Irish butter and seasoned with salt and pepper
- A little oil or Irish butter for cooking in the pan and to butter the soda bread- Kerrygold is my go-to