Big Fry-Up Breakfast

by | Feb 25, 2012 | 23 comments

Big Fryup Breakfast

Breakfast with the family on the weekends is a relaxed, muted but lavish affair. For once, I am not the one doing the cooking. That alone makes it a special treat for me. We have fresh eggs from the chooks, my favourite Kransky sausages from the deli, fresh herbs from the garden, orange juice squeezed by the boys, a pot of strong tea and a lot of giggles and kookiness around the table as we recount moments from the week that has passed. Weekends are also for leisurely breakfasts in one pan that are shared over a pot of tea and plenty of laughter and chatter. Definitely, my most favourite time of the weekend.

Big Fry-Up Breakfast in a pan

On those few occasions during the weekend breakfast when I feel like cooking, I love whipping up the Big Fry-Up. With a meat and vegetable base, set with sunny yolks and milky whites of the eggs that were collected that very morning, the big fry-up breakfast is enjoyed straight from the pan with plenty of bread on hand. Seasoned only with salt and pepper, the flavours of the sausage and vegetables are heightened by whatever fresh herbs I can harvest from the garden as the breakfast cooks on the cooktop. There is no method here and no rules. I go with whatever is handy in the fridge and the garden. That is what makes it interesting. The breakfast is a new adventure every time I make it, because all the ingredients might be different from the last time around. I love letting the eggs have soft centres and not cooking them through. Since we are all soft-centered egg fanatics, the oohs and aahs at the table as each of us explores the oozing centre is an experience I can never tire of. The one I am sharing today is my favourite combination.

Perfectly cooked soft centered egg

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Big Fry-UP Breakfast

Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Cooking Time - 10 minutes
Serves - 4


4 Kransky Sausages, each cut in 4 slices
a handful of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of button mushrooms, thickly sliced
a handful of fresh herbs (thyme and oregano)
4 to 6 large organic eggs
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil


Heat oil in a frying pan on medium. Sauté the sausages, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and half of the herbs for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Crack eggs one at a time in the pan, over the sausage and vegetable mix. Make sure the eggs run and cover every inch of the pan. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove lid, increase heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining herbs. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.



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  1. June Gerlich

    I'm on a low carb diet. This was fantastic, very tasty! Thank you...

  2. Prachi

    Its such an amazing b'fast idea.. made it last weekend, totally loved it.

  3. Kayleigh

    This looks so good. Fresh out of the garden... yum.

  4. Bloggy Writer

    Easy and quick recipe, a twist for breakfast. Love it.

  5. Baker Street

    Now this is a treat I'd like every weekend. Looks so inviting.

  6. sara

    Yum, this looks absolutely amazing! Love those soft yolks. 🙂

  7. Jacqueline (CakeBoule)

    Oh you made me so hungry and it is bed time and now I want breakfast - how you manage to photograph it without eating it I will never know! I fath about too long and it would all be cold!

  8. Magic of Spice

    Wow, this is some way to start of the morning! Gorgeous weekend treat 🙂

  9. chinmayie @ love food eat

    My daughter and husband love eggs so I usually make egg frittata like things with whatever veggies I have on hand. It alway turns out great! Love who you have photographed such simple recipe.

  10. Laura

    You take such lovely pictures and the food is mouthwatering!

    Addicted to your blog, just found it and spent he last hour browsing through!

    Laura x

  11. Gaby

    This is definitely my kind of breakfast 🙂

  12. Angie

    I should know early in the morning on an empty stomach is a bad time to browse food blogs... my stomach is grumbling at the sight of this delicious looking breakfast! One pot wonders are awesome and so easy 🙂

  13. Jennifer (Delicieux)

    Mmm I love a fry up. We don't often have it, but it's always the perfect start to a weekend day.

  14. Kiran @

    Lovely big fry up for breakfast. Can't wait for the sun to rise and enjoy good breakfast with the best of company 🙂

  15. MikeVFMK

    You were right! Egg companions! Yours looks beautiful and the kind of breakfast I could wake up to every weekend morning. So pretty!

  16. Swati Sapna

    You know, you had me at "Fry up"! It just sounds so decadent and delicious and comforting... Fry up.
    Fry-ups are not a very Indian thing and I have always wondered what a big fry up would actually entail. you make it sound so easy... not to mention yummy 😀 love it!

  17. Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    I love a one pan breakfast that you can serve to the table and all dig in. Yours just sounds even more delicious with fresh eggs and herbs from your garden, envious!

  18. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a great way to start the day, I want to make a big fry up too!

  19. thelittleloaf

    I love cooking a fried breakfast like this - all in one pan with the flavours melding together and much less washing up! Jamie Oliver does something similar in one of his first recipe books and we've been doing it on special occasions and weekends ever since 🙂

  20. Farwin

    This is one of my family favorites too during weekends.Love your photos,specially the last one with steps.

  21. Sanjeeta KK

    Love this cherry tomatoes and herbs soaked hearty breakfast treat!

  22. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    HA! I love your recipe... serve with lots of bread and share with your friends. Beautiful!

  23. Heidi @foodiecrush

    I am such a SUCKER for a gooey egg, just ripe for the dipping. Love that your recipe is easy on the pantry, throw in what you have. Gorgeous, stunning, starving.


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