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The Great All American Breakfast

American Breakfasts ARE AMAZING!!!

I am English, but I love love love American Breakfasts!

You may ask yourself, what right does an English person have to write about American breakfasts? Well this is an appreciation page, showing the breakfast dishes from a foreigner's point of view.

If you are American you should be flattered at my obsessive greed for your delicious biscuits, your hash browns and your enormous pancakes!

If you are English, read on to discover why America does the first meal of the day soooo well!

American breakfast

American breakfast

Pancakes, Waffles and French Toast

Carb loading!

All these can be served with huge lumps of butter, syrup, fruit, whipped cream and/or powdered sugar.


Not like our delicate European crepes, these are made with a raising agent so they puff up. The chocolate ones are so good!

Americans love to mix sweet with savoury, so it is entirely normal to see chocolate pancakes served with bacon! I loved this! Look at this photo - blueberries with bacon and maple syrup, sounds gross but tastes scrumptious!


Waffles are fantastic when freshly made, the batter is ladeled onto a "waffle iron" which gives them their distinctive shape. Waffles are especially tasty with Nutella, which goes all melty inside the waffle pockets.

International Waffle Day is celebrated on 25th March and the US National Waffle day is 24 August!

French Toast

In England we call this "Eggy Bread", but the best I have eaten has been the more elegantly named American French toast.

I think it is best when made on thick slices of fresh chalé bread served with maple syrup and bacon. I did a bit of research and the dish originated from Roman times!

French Toast

French Toast

Eggs Cooked to Perfection!

Cooked any way you want them

Just as with the Full English Breakfast, you definitely need eggs with your All American Breakfast! The choices are fried, scrambled, poached, or an omelette. Sometimes you will see on a menu "Huevos Rancheros", which is a Mexican breakfast dish. This is comprised of fried eggs on a warm corn tortilla, smothered in hot salsa and refried beans - absolutely delicious!

Mmm...huevos rancheros

Mmm...huevos rancheros

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Sunny-side up and over-easy

Sunny-side up and over-easy

Americans have many different ways of cooking their fried eggs, this got very confusing for me so I always had scrambled!

If an egg is "over", this means fried on both sides. You can have this "over cooked" (crispy), "over hard" (hard yolk), "over well" (solid yolk"), "over medium" (yolk is only just solid) or easy (yolk is runny).

Egg can also be cooked "sunny side up", which is fried on one side with a runny yolk and the white is still a little clear on the top.

Mmmmm bacon!

Bacon, Burgers, Sausages and Ham

Meat = excellent breakfast

In the US, all bacon seems to be streaky, I never saw any back bacon anywhere. I adore the way bacon in America is cooked very crispy, English bacon tends to be cooked a little too under-done for my liking but I did miss a good rasher of back bacon. As well as bacon, you could mix it up with a few sausages, burger patty or ham. I always go for the bacon, because American sausages and ham are a bit too plastic tasting and burgers are for lunch!

Corned Beef Hash and Hash Browns

Corned beef hash- this dish is a combination of corned beef, potato, onions and seasoning. "Hash" comes from the French "hachet", meaning to cut up and traditionally meant using the leftovers from previous meals.

Corned beef hash recipes have been recorded from the 18 century, but really became popular during World War II. If you want to read more about the history of the dish, check out The Old Foodie.

Hash browns

A fried mixture of onion, shredded/julienne potatoes and seasoning. Hash browns are my favourite part of an All American Breakfast!

A great tip I saw on Simply Recipes is to use a potato ricer to squeeze as much moisture out of the potatoes as possible - this will make them extra crispy. I shall have to try this recipe out.

Mmm... hash browns for breakfast

Mmm... hash browns for breakfast

Biscuits and Gravy

For someone who is English and not seen or eaten this before, it sounds disgusting. Biscuits are what we call cookies in England, and to eat a cookie with gravy would be weird! The American biscuit is more like what the English call a scone, it is made from flour, butter, milk and a raising agent. The thick white gravy is made from sausage or bacon fat, milk or buttermilk and flour - a wonderful homage to gravy can be found on the blog of the Homesick Texan.

I Don't Understand Grits - Sloppy white stuff or nutritious loveliness?

I have tried grits once, and really didn't understand why this is such a big deal. I don't understand them! Reading this tongue in cheek blog post "The History of Grits" went some way in explaining their phenomen but I am still lost here. Are they meant to be sweet? Are they a bit like a corn version of oatmeal/porridge?

So, American people, please enlighten me on the why and the how of this mystery dish!

What's On a Plate....the Hungry Man Special

Served at Mike and Rhonda's Place, Flagstaff, AZ - so tasty!

Choice of ham, bacon or sausages

Three eggs

Choice of biscuits and gravy, toast or pancakes

All for less than $10!!

(the portions are monster, I had 3 biscuits on my plate and a mound of bacon enough to feed an army!)

Breakfast Burritos - Keeps you full till lunch!

I think the breakfast burrito is the American equivalent to our breakfast sandwich in England. We have fried eggs, sausages and bacon in between two slices of bread. Americans have scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese, peppers, onion, beans and salsa wrapped up in a warm wheat tortilla. Of course there are variations on this, a fantastic looking recipe I found here on uses chorizo sausage and potatoes instead of beans.

Breakfast burritos are popular in the South-west of America, and give a good spicy Mexican flavoured kick start to your day!

Breakfast Wouldn't Be Complete Without Coffee! Americans love coffee

Americans love coffee! I love the free re-fills too, we don't have that in the UK. Only problem is....American coffee is so weak. It just doesn't taste as good as European coffee. Also, I found it hard to get no fat milk or even just regular milk in some diners! It was cream or half and half (that is half milk and half cream), and asking for something else got me many a strange look.

Do You Love an All American Breakfast?

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 24, 2014:

I love breakfast--my favorite meal of the day--sometimes I eat "breakfast foods" for dinner. Give me crispy hash browns, bacon and an over easy egg any time. (By the way, I'm a Northern girl, so have to agree with you about the grits.) Thanks for a great hub.

Spirality on March 26, 2014:

I love potatoes, whether they are home fries or hash browns it doesn't matter. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day.

ConvenientCalendar on May 13, 2013:

Pancakes with chocolate chips!

LadyDuck on April 20, 2013:

I love the All American Breakfast, my favorite meal of all the day. Scrambled Eggs and French Toasts are my favorites.

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

A British correspondent at the recent Consumer Electronics Show was asked what his favorite thing at the show was replied "I Love the American Breakfast!" He's right though.

Something you will never get in a restaurant, but is a tradition in the American South is honey and butter on hot American style biscuits. Mix equal amts together with a fork and apply liberally. So simple, but so good.

BTW, Grits are as likely to be eaten by Americans as haggis would be by Scotts I would guess. That is, not all that likely.

anonymous on March 01, 2013:

A British correspondent at the recent Consumer Electronics Show was asked what his favorite thing at the show was replied "I Love the American Breakfast!" He's right though.

Something you will never get in a restaurant, but is a tradition in the American South is honey and butter on hot American style biscuits. Mix equal amts together with a fork and apply liberally. So simple, but so good.

BTW, Grits are as likely to be eaten by Americans as haggis would be by Scotts I would guess. That is, not all that likely.

anonymous on February 28, 2013:

I love a very well made "Country Biscuits and Gravy". Very white gravy with sausage bits, and hot, flakey biscuits.

AdamzPg on January 20, 2013:

Pancakes swimming in Syrup!

anonymous on November 23, 2012:

A 6 oz ribeye, 2 scrambled eggs, and hash browns.

Jen withFlash on November 22, 2012:

Of course!! I love pancakes.

Paul from Liverpool, England on November 17, 2012:

Full; English, with put beans or mushrooms. It's not a really good bad breakfast without black pudding.

Deadicated LM on November 11, 2012:

I do. Breakfast is my favorite meal for the most part. Cool Lens.

reubenj on November 08, 2012:

I love scrambled eggs with cheese, crispy bacon, and whole wheat toast. Add some apple butter and I'm in 'breakfast heaven'. Then I have to go for a long walk to burn the calories, but it is worth it.

Thanks for sharing.

ArtzykindofGuy on November 01, 2012:

I love French Toast, Eggs, bacon, corn bread (fresh) all together.

anonymous on November 01, 2012:

Have you tried Scrapple yet? It's completely fantastic...just don't read the ingredients list or the nutrition information. Like many breakfast treats it's heart attack food. But Oh God it's Goooooood!!!!

IncomeFromHomeT on October 31, 2012:

Did I miss a mention of Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast? (Otherwise known as Sh-- on a Shingle!) Ever since moving to Pennsylvania I've acquired a liking for this very weird and tasty (and enormously fattening) concoction.

Other than that it's french toast, or pancakes, or oatmeal, or granola for me!

Mary from Chicago area on October 17, 2012:

we DO know how to do breakfast, don't we? tho English breakfasts are pretty darned good too!

FlynnTheFineFle on September 18, 2012:

Yes...I love American breakfasts. Unfortunately, after having one, I don't want to eat for the rest of the day. But I'm such a sucker for bacon and sausage! And biscuits and gravy? Heaven... I think you've made me hungry.

Elaine Chen on September 17, 2012:

I love to have hash browns as my breakfast :-)

anonymous on September 17, 2012:

I love breakfast, and most of the foods you showed here I love. I think I could eat breakfast foods every meal of the day. Good lens.

HuggsX3 LM on September 17, 2012:

I once had pumpkin pancakes. Yumm. :)

anonymous on September 17, 2012:

I love breaksfast food, especially going out to a restaurant for breakfast. With the right breakfast you can stay full almost until the dinner (evening) meal. I got a real kick out of this lens.

Normyo Yonormyo on September 17, 2012:

Great lens about breakfast, although I only like the waffles for breakfast.

floppypoppygift1 on September 14, 2012:

You bring a patriotic tear to my eye with this lovely tribute! Cheers ~cb

stevel58 on September 02, 2012:

Love an american breakfast and the gallons of coffee that go with it.

Great way to start the day.

anonymous on August 18, 2012:

I love breakfast food.

Harriet from Indiana on July 30, 2012:

To much food for breakfast, but it is worth a try for later in the day.

Sfthomas on July 30, 2012:

I've always liked pancakes with bacon and eggs, and could eat them at any time of the day.

kimbesa from USA on July 30, 2012:

I like the standard breakfast foods...pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage...

dave-sutton on July 22, 2012:

I honestly do not think I could manage any of these as a breakfast but as meal for late afternoon they would be great.

From a Brit that has one slice of toast and a boiled egg for breakfast, boring I know, but I try to watch my waistline.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on July 16, 2012:

Yes I love my grits and sometimes Fish and Grits, a southern tradition for including the Catch of the day or First Catch as some call it. But my favorite thing to cook for myself is Oatmeal with butter and sugar and a little salt. Yum. I know not so American but still my favorite.

Barbara from USA on March 24, 2012:

The pictures here a wonderful and now I want breakfast. My favorite breakfast? Eggs over medium, hash browns crispy, bacon crispy with rye toast with REAL butter (no substitutes!), and coffee. There is no better meal than this!!

anonymous on March 08, 2012:

We make a big breakfast every Saturday morning. We love biscuits and gravy, puff pancakes, and a recipe for cream cheese scrambled eggs. My kids love the tradition of the breakfast. Great lens.

Edutopia on January 26, 2012:

Variety is the spice of life and the American breakfast delivers in spades on this front. This lens is making me want to go grab some biscuits and gravy and with a side of steak and eggs. Yum yum.

pyramidsphinx on September 06, 2011:

I never had a breakfast that was not american but I will say this I do love breakfast. I think this was a really nice website and yes as an american I was flattered. Somethings that you wrote were generalizations but all in all as someone who is not from america I think you did a nice job

Bernie from Corbin, KY on September 01, 2011:

i like breakfast too, sometimes before bedtime

GypsyPirate LM on August 31, 2011:

Yep, a great big ole breakfast is a treat! My favorite is 3 eggs (scrambled soft), and hash brown potatoes. Take some sausage gravy and slather it over everything, then top with a bit of hot sauce for a kick. Some buttered toast to sop everything up with and hot fresh coffee to wash it all down. Yum!

cocktailsexaminer on August 31, 2011:

This lens makes me hungry - great job! I love American breakfasts too!

JJNW from USA on August 17, 2011:

@Pete Schultz: lol...those were overcooked!

JJNW from USA on August 17, 2011:

@anonymous: I raised my kids on grits cooked without fat in the microwave. A bit of salt and butter, and ta-da, they love them! Your German Blueberry dish sounds great!

JJNW from USA on August 17, 2011:

This lens cracks me up (is that an American term? "makes me laugh"). Restaurants do, indeed, serve some HUGE breakfasts. Hashbrowns (or chunked "country potatoes") are my favorite too! My grandfather grew up on a farm and had the huge full breakfast because they burned so many calories working (and had lots of access to eggs and meats). At home I am more likely to eat a small bowl of cereal or maybe one egg and toast.

What makes me laugh is that when I was in London, the bed and breakfast served us eggs and toast every morning --- so I never tasted a proper English breakfast!! In Ireland our tour group served us Cornflakes. ha.

It is a LOT easier to get nonfat milk now. All those big meals have put a lot of weight on some Americans!

Nice page! Well done.

anonymous on July 17, 2011:

Gotta say that I've never known grits as part of an all American breakfast but know it is popular in the south and among those who have transplanted around the country. My Mom used to make and amazing breakfast dish called Blueberry Deutsch that had eggs and flour with bluberries and was baked and just before serving chopped crisp bacon was added along with the frying grease. It is out of this world good.

Pete Schultz on July 12, 2011:

You have some fun lenses focused on breakfast. All of them have made me hungry. In this one, you look at the uniquely southern breakfast specialty "Grits" which I've had, and don't go too far out of my way to order. I've had them served as a soupy corn mush, and lightly browned in a frying pan and topped with butter. They taste like library paste either way, but at least freid they tast like library paste with butter.

BISHTS on July 12, 2011:

its looks yummy

Vicki from USA on July 11, 2011:

Being on a low-carb diet and being an American who loves breakfast is torture. American breakfasts are delicious, indeed, but loaded with fat and carbs. My favorite breakfast is French toast. I make it with double fiber bread (sounds, gross, I know, but I found a good brand that tastes good), low-fat margarine, lactose-free-fat-free milk, cinnamon, vanilla and a reduced sugar syrup. I'm sure people are laughing at me now, but I can't help that I have all these stupid dietary restrictions! I'm not giving up my French toast -- I will continue to alter and tweak it, but I'm not giving it up!!! This lens is fantastic and making me very hungry.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on June 28, 2011:

I love reading the English perspective on the American Breakfast. Hashbrowns in Vermont are left over potatoes cut into chunks and fried. They are not shreaded and never have onions in them. Ranchos Huevos are scrambled eggs with onions and peppers with salsa on top. Tortillas are optional.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on June 28, 2011:

Very interesting lens. I grew up in the north eastern part of the US. The breakfasts mentioned here are found in restaurants but in my experience, not very often in homes. We would eat eggs with bacon a few times a year. Mostly it was oatmeal or dried cereal with milk. We top these cereals with fruit.

Blessed by a SquidAngel and featured on my waffle lens.

littlelotus on April 20, 2011:

OMG! I think I just gained 3kgs just looking at the pictures.....!!! Good thing I don't live in America, I would be the size of a house by now. Great lens by the way, If I ever visit the US I sure wouldn't miss breakfast :) (and hopefully will have enough left overs for the day)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on April 16, 2011:

I love American Breakfasts and 'breakfast' is my favorite meal to eat in a restaurant. Some of our restaurants serve breakfast 24-hours a day, so having 'breakfast' for lunch or dinner or a late-night 'after-a-movie' snack is a favorite! Enjoyed your 'English' review of our American breakfasts!

BTW, I visited England and while your 'Tea' is the best I've ever had, your 'coffee' is undrinkable -- I'm just the opposite of you -- I can't drink 'strong' coffee! Each to their own pleasures -- food and drink-wise! :-)

Paula Morgan from Sydney Australia on April 15, 2011:

I love eggs but I can not imagine eating these meals for breakfast very often

justholidays on April 15, 2011:

Although I won't comment about the "foods" featured here, I will say that I enjoyed the tour - who knows, maybe one day the ocean solidifies and allows me to take an eye on this amazing America of which everyone seems to dream and, therefore, know if I have to take my own food in my luggage :D

Excellent page, very entertaining.

ravi551854 on April 14, 2011:

i am an Indian and it is unfortunate that i cannot try american breakfast but i will definitely try to make these dishes in my home

NYThroughTheLens on April 14, 2011:

Oh boy. I had to like this lens. Breakfast is my favorite meal and pancakes are divine. Mouth-watering lens!

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on April 14, 2011:

Some of it is OK, but as an Englishman I've never understood the pancake, sausage, bacon, syrup combination. Blessed! :)

Malu Couttolenc on April 14, 2011:

I do and pancakes are my favourite. Great breakfast suggestions, you made my hungry!

As foreigners to the US, it is great that we appreciate their food :)

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