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Traditional Irish Breakfast [RECIPE]

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I love St. Patrick’s Day because I get to enjoy one of my favorite meals: Irish breakfast. If you’re looking for a fun breakfast inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day, this would be it!

The traditional cooked breakfast of Ireland is actually more of a modern invention. Before the potato arrived in Ireland in the middle of the 17th Century, most people ate a diet which reflected the then cattle based economy. This pretty much means that the wealthy were lucky enough to enjoy a breakfast of meat while the poor were stuck with oats, barley, milk, milk products and offal (which is the not so tasty organs meat).

Traditionally, the most common ingredients in an Irish breakfast are bacon, sausage, fried eggs, white pudding, black pudding, toast and fried tomato and a full Irish breakfast is almost always also accompanied by a strong Irish breakfast tea which is often served with milk.

Here’s an Irish breakfast you might like to try- it’s one that we make in our house every year. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on  a Thursday this year, you might want to make this Saturday morning instead- unless of course, you’ve got a lot of extra time to cook breakfast in the morning.


  1. 6 slices of Canadian bacon
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 2 small tomato slices
  5. 4 slices of soda bread


  1. Lay six thick slices of Canadian bacon in a single layer in a large frying pan.Fry on both sides until medium brown then remove from the pan, but leave the grease.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and crack 4 eggs into the pan, but try to avoid breaking the yolk.
  3. Add 2 small tomato slices and 4 slices of soda bread to the pan. Fry gently, occasionally stirring the tomatoes.
  4. Keep everything separate and brown the bread on both sides.
  5. When the egg whites are set and the yolks are still a bit runny, place everything on two plates.

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