The ultimate fry-up consists of two sausages, two rashers of bacon, fried eggs, mushrooms, toast, beans and fried tomatoes – and red sauce, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 adults by High Street TV has unveiled the ideal plate of food for a full breakfast, with fried bread and black pudding also considered essentials.
We tuck into an English breakfast twice a month
But settling the age-old sauce argument, ketchup was the most popular condiment, with 42 per cent saying this is a key ingredient in a cooked breakfast, compared to just 34 per cent who go for brown sauce.
It also emerged the average Brit tucks into an English breakfast twice a month – and more often at home than in a café. The Full English is most often enjoyed on the weekend, with two thirds tucking in on a Saturday or Sunday morning – with Tuesday the least popular day.
Toast was twice as popular as fried bread as an accompaniment while grilled tomatoes were preferred to fried – although one in four prefer theirs without tomatoes at all. Fried eggs were the most popular choice, with a whopping 72 per cent of the vote – leaving scrambled behind on only 27 per cent.
Over a third of the nation has been subjected to a horrible fry-up, with one describing their fried eggs in a hotel as "snotty". And another recalled a piece of fried bread so saturated with grease that it squirted out when prodded with a fork.
Nine out of 10 Brits reckon that a full English is part of the nation's culture and heritage, and 54 per cent wish they had them more regularly. One of the top reasons for not eating more cooked breakfasts are that it's too stressful to get the timings of each ingredient right during preparation.
- Two sausages
- Two spoonfuls of beans
- Two rashers of bacon1 slice of black pudding
- 1 hash brown
- 1 spoonful of mushrooms
- 1 egg
- 1 tomato
- 1 slice of fried bread
- 1 slice of toast
- spoonful of sauce/ketchup
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