Brits pride themselves on cooking the greasiest breakfast possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make use of local produce and vegetarian ingredients. With that in mind, this recipe demonstrates how to create a perfect English breakfast while still supporting local communities and avoiding meat (if that’s your thing.) Feel free to alter or tailor any of the steps to suit your taste, and share this recipe with all your friends. Here’s my guide to the ultimate vegetarian breakfast:
- Vegetarian sausages (I like local ones from Tofurei)
- Veggie bacon
- Homemade baked beans
- Chopped tomatoes
- A tin of haricot beans
- 2 bay leaves
- One finely chopped onion
- 170ml vegetable stock
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- A pinch of ground cloves
- 1 tbs muscovado sugar
- Half a teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Roasted vine tomatoes, preferably locally gown
- Sweet potato hash browns
- Local sweet potato, grated
- 1 egg
- 1 finely sliced onion
- Sourdough bread
- Rapeseed oil (I like the one from Crush Foods)
- Two frying pans
English breakfasts are as famous as fish and chips in the UK, and so it’s essential that you follow this method to the letter if you want to cook an authentic breakfast with a vegetarian twist.
First, for your baked beans. In a saucepan, place all the ingredients and leave to simmer on a low heat for 40 minutes. Stir them every few minutes to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. (Once cooked, remove the bay leaves.)
Secondly, while your beans are cooking, take a sweet potato (one per person) and grate it with a cheese grater. Combine with one finely sliced onion, one whisked egg and some salt and pepper. Form into small patties. Along with a drizzle of rapeseed oil, pop them in hot frying pan and cook until brown on each side. Sweet potatoes don’t need much cooking so keep an eye on them, so you don’t overcook them but equally make sure the potato is cooked.
For the third step, it’s time to really get frying! You’ll need to make sure you invest in quality frying pans for your veggie sausage and bacon because you want them to cook as evenly as possible. So while your sweet potato hash browns are cooking, take a second frying pan. Place your vegetarian sausages in the pan with a small amount of rapeseed cooking. Leave them on a medium heat, and get hold of your knife.
Grab your tomato and slice it thinly, then place it to one side. During the last ten minutes of cooking time, place your sliced tomatoes under the grill.
Once the sausages begin to brown on one side, you can add the vegetarian bacon to your frying pan and turn it every five minutes for the best results. You should then take your sourdough bread and place it in a toaster or under the grill. Be sure to check it regularly, so it doesn’t burn.
It should take no longer than around forty mins to cook everything, and so then you just need to empty the content of your frying pans and saucepan onto a plate. Your tomatoes should be ready by this point, but just check to make sure before placing them on your plate. Butter your toast, and you’re good to go!
As a veggie, you might like to add some other items to your breakfast. You might also add:
- Grilled halloumi
- Poached eggs
- Roasted Portobello mushrooms
Just make sure you use some common sense when it comes to creating your vegetarian breakfast. Wear appropriate clothing if you plan to spend time close to a frying pan. Those vegetarian sausages may still spit, and you don’t want to burn your skin. Also, ensure all handles face away from the edge of the hob, so you don’t risk knocking anything onto the floor. That is especially important if you have small children in the house.
So, there you have it! That is how you cook the ultimate vegetarian breakfast. It’s also a healthier version of its traditional meat counterpart and also offers you something a bit more substantial in the mornings. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your vegetarian breakfast!
The Norfolk Lazy Veggie Breakfast
Of course, you could always cheat and head to one of my favourite local gems for a locally produced, vegetarian breakfast at Franks Bar in Norwich.