A traditional, full Irish Breakfast is a truly hearty affair. It typically includes bangers; thick-sliced smoked bacon or loin bacon; black pudding (also known as blood sausage) and/or white pudding (blood pudding without the blood); grilled tomatoes topped with grated cheese and herbs; fried, poached, or scrambled eggs; Irish beans; soda bread; and good, strong coffee or Irish Breakfast tea. Boxty—an Irish potato pancake—is a commonly seen breakfast side-dish.
Breakfast with a Bang
Bangers are a favorite in pubs and homes all across the British Isles. Their name dates back to World War II when small rations of pork were extended in sausage-making with additions of breadcrumbs.
War-time bangers also contained a fair amount of water and tended to explode with a “Bang!” when they were cooked. Hence, the name.
Lobel’s Bangers—a very hearty version indeed—are a mild and simple blend of pork, breadcrumbs, and spices with the mellowed essence of rubbed sage. These moderately textured sausages are plump, tender, juicy, and so flavorful.
Bangers are a cornerstone of the traditional, full Irish breakfast.
All About Bacon
Irish loin bacon is very similar to Canadian bacon in that both are cut from the pork loin, are relatively lean meats, and are cured but generally not smoked. Irish bacon also has a small bit of tail meat connected to the eye of the loin.
The smoked bacon served in an Irish breakfast is very similar to American bacon, or what is called streaky bacon in the British Isles. This type of bacon comes from the pork belly and is easily distinguished by the stripes of lean and fat that run through it. Our Double Hickory Smoked Bacon is a tasty substitute. Slices of ham are another common substitute. Dense and intensely flavor Black Forest ham is a delicious way to go.
Make it Your Own
Irish breakfasts can vary from cook to cook and locale to locale, incorporating local specialties and such regional favorites, such as an Ulster Fry which substitutes sautéed mushrooms and potato bread for pudding.
Try your hand at your own Irish Breakfast this St. Patrick’s Day! For some delicious-looking inspiration, check out this slideshow from Chow.
Have you ever enjoyed a Full Irish Breakfast on the Emerald Isle? Or maybe you’ve enjoyed one here stateside? What’s your favorite part of an Irish Breakfast? What would you add to customize your Irish Breakfast experience?