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Original Beans on Toast Recipes

Updated on December 18, 2017
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Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or under-used ingredients.

Mexican style beans on toast with guacamole and red kidney beans
Mexican style beans on toast with guacamole and red kidney beans

Beans on toast can be a big favourite with children but it is also a quick and easy to prepare, classic comfort food. For many people, beans on toast will represent simply baked beans in tomato sauce heated and poured over plain white toasted bread. While this is indeed a fabulous example of beans on toast and very enjoyable on occasion, it represents just one of the virtually endless possibilities for the form which this dish can take. Simply consider the number of different types of beans in the world, the number of different types of bread, and you start to get some idea of the extent to which beans and toast can be varied to truly delicious effect.

Beans on toast as basic as it gets
Beans on toast as basic as it gets

Beans on Toast Inspired Fried Breakfast

Beans on toast with sausage, bacon , egg and HP Sauce
Beans on toast with sausage, bacon , egg and HP Sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 20 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: One breakfast

Ingredients

  • 2 beef link sausages
  • 3 or 4 slices/rashers of bacon
  • 2 slices of Oktoberfest boule or similarly rustic bread loaf
  • 8 ounce can baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 large breakfast mushroom
  • 1 medium egg
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • HP Sauce to serve (optional)

Instructions

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Frying sausages and baconSausages and bacon removed to warmed plateStarting to fry mushroom in bacon fatFrying breakfast eggOktoberfest boule breadMushroom completes frying on cup sideOktoberfest boule toast and fried mushroomBeans are spooned on to toast and mushroomSausages and bacon are plated with beans on toastFried egg completes fried breakfast line-up
Frying sausages and bacon
Frying sausages and bacon
Sausages and bacon removed to warmed plate
Sausages and bacon removed to warmed plate
Starting to fry mushroom in bacon fat
Starting to fry mushroom in bacon fat
Frying breakfast egg
Frying breakfast egg
Oktoberfest boule bread
Oktoberfest boule bread
Mushroom completes frying on cup side
Mushroom completes frying on cup side
Oktoberfest boule toast and fried mushroom
Oktoberfest boule toast and fried mushroom
Beans are spooned on to toast and mushroom
Beans are spooned on to toast and mushroom
Sausages and bacon are plated with beans on toast
Sausages and bacon are plated with beans on toast
Fried egg completes fried breakfast line-up
Fried egg completes fried breakfast line-up
  1. Add a little vegetable oil to a large frying pan and start to fry the sausages over a very low heat. Frying them gently in this way will stop them bursting without the need to prick them and let the flavoursome juices escape. Turn them regularly over the course of about ten minutes.
  2. When the sausages are almost done, add the bacon to the pan to fry for a couple of minutes each side or until done to the desired level.
  3. Remove the sausages and bacon from the pan to a heated plate and cover with tinfoil to keep them warm.
  4. Add the mushroom to the pan used to fry the sausage and bacon and fry for two to three minutes each side on a very low heat, turning halfway through cooking.
  5. Rub a small frying pan with a little oil on some kitchen paper just to create a film coating. Bring it up to a medium to high heat. Break the egg in to a small bowl and season with salt and pepper before carefully pouring in to the pan. Reduce the heat and fry for around three minutes until you can see the albumen is set right up to the edges of the yolk.
  6. The beans should be gently heated in a small saucepan while the bread slices are toasted.
  7. Lay the toast on a plate and the mushroom (cup side up) on top of one slice. Add half the beans to the mushroom cup and simply spoon the remainder on to the second slice of toast.
  8. Plate the sausages and bacon and lay the egg on top of the beans on toast.
  9. Serve immediately with or without the HP Sauce.

Video Detailing How to Fry an Egg

Beans and Mini Sausage Recipes

Mini cocktail sausages
Mini cocktail sausages

Beans and sausages is a classic combination and the two go very well together in a great many different ways. Mini cocktail sausages like the ones pictured above are often sold canned with beans in tomato sauce but it is equally possible to combine these sausages with many different types of beans in a number of different ways. Below are just a couple of simple idea ideas, starting with the popular sausages, beans and tomato sauce. Why not experiment with some combination ideas of your own similar to these ones?

Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce on Toast with Sausages

Baked beans on toast with sausages and cheese
Baked beans on toast with sausages and cheese

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yileds: One serving

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 small cocktail sausages
  • 2 tablespoons canned baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons HP Sauce
  • 2 thick slices of crusty seeded bloomer loaf or similar
  • 2 teaspoons grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

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Pan frying mini sausagesBaked beans in tomato sauce ready to be heatedHP Sauce is an optional addition to the beans in tomato sauceBeans are slowly warmed on a low heatCrusty seeded bloomer bread loafFried sausages are drained on kitchen paperToast is laid on serving plateBeans are spooned on to hot toastMini sausages are laid on beans on toast
Pan frying mini sausages
Pan frying mini sausages
Baked beans in tomato sauce ready to be heated
Baked beans in tomato sauce ready to be heated
HP Sauce is an optional addition to the beans in tomato sauce
HP Sauce is an optional addition to the beans in tomato sauce
Beans are slowly warmed on a low heat
Beans are slowly warmed on a low heat
Crusty seeded bloomer bread loaf
Crusty seeded bloomer bread loaf
Fried sausages are drained on kitchen paper
Fried sausages are drained on kitchen paper
Toast is laid on serving plate
Toast is laid on serving plate
Beans are spooned on to hot toast
Beans are spooned on to hot toast
Mini sausages are laid on beans on toast
Mini sausages are laid on beans on toast
  1. Pour a little oil in to a small frying pan and fry the sausages gently for seven or eight minutes until done, turning frequently.
  2. Heat the beans, with the HP Sauce stirred through, on a low heat in a small saucepan while you toast the bread.
  3. Lay the toast on a plate, spoon on the beans and top with the sausages. Scatter with the cheese immediately before serving.

Broad Beans and Mini Sausages on Toast

Broad beans and mini sausages on hot buttered toast
Broad beans and mini sausages on hot buttered toast

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 mini cocktail sausages
  • 2 tablespoons broad beans in water
  • 2 slices of crusty seeded bloomer or similar
  • Butter for toast (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

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Preparing to heat broad beansHot buttered toast for beans and sausages
Preparing to heat broad beans
Preparing to heat broad beans
Hot buttered toast for beans and sausages
Hot buttered toast for beans and sausages
  1. Fry the sausages as in the above recipe in a little oil for seven or eight minutes until done.
  2. Heat the broad beans in some water in a saucepan over a low heat.
  3. Toast the bread and - if desired- spread lightly with butter.
  4. Plate the toast followed by the beans and the sausages. Season with black pepper.

Basic Tomato Sauce for Making Beans on Toast

Tomato sauce is often viewed as an inherent part of beans on toast, usually relating to canned baked beans in tomato sauce. This is a recipe for a very basic tomato sauce which can easily be adapted to suit individual beans on toast combinations.

Basic tomato sauce
Basic tomato sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: n/a

Ready in: 5 min

Yields: Two sauce portions

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can plum tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

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Basic tomato sauce ingredientsPreparing to blitz tomato sauce ingredientsBlitzing tomato sauce
Basic tomato sauce ingredients
Basic tomato sauce ingredients
Preparing to blitz tomato sauce ingredients
Preparing to blitz tomato sauce ingredients
Blitzing tomato sauce
Blitzing tomato sauce
  1. Pour the tomatoes in to a food blender. Add the garlic cloves and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Blitz until smooth.
  3. The tomato sauce is now ready to be used as required in your chosen recipe.

Italian Five Bean Salad on Ciabatta Toast

Italian bean combination and tomato sauce on toasted ciabatta
Italian bean combination and tomato sauce on toasted ciabatta

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 5 min

Ready in: 10 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 1 portion tomato sauce as prepared above
  • ½ 14 ounce can Italian five bean salad (red kidney beans, black eye beans, borlotti beans, navy beans and green lima beans) with sweetcorn
  • 1 sun dried tomato ciabatta bread roll
  • Freshly chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

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Canned Italian five bean saladPreparing to heat five bean saladOregano is added to tomato sauceSun dried tomato ciabatta bread rollSliced ciabattaDraining heated five bean saladToasted ciabatta Tomato sauce spread on toasted ciabattaFive bean salad spooned on to tomato sauce ciabatta
Canned Italian five bean salad
Canned Italian five bean salad
Preparing to heat five bean salad
Preparing to heat five bean salad
Oregano is added to tomato sauce
Oregano is added to tomato sauce
Sun dried tomato ciabatta bread roll
Sun dried tomato ciabatta bread roll
Sliced ciabatta
Sliced ciabatta
Draining heated five bean salad
Draining heated five bean salad
Toasted ciabatta
Toasted ciabatta
Tomato sauce spread on toasted ciabatta
Tomato sauce spread on toasted ciabatta
Five bean salad spooned on to tomato sauce ciabatta
Five bean salad spooned on to tomato sauce ciabatta
  1. Put the tomato sauce in one small saucepan and the beans with some of the water from the can in another. Gently heat both while you half and lightly toast the ciabatta roll.
  2. Place the ciabatta roll halves on plates, cut sides up and spoon on some tomato sauce.
  3. Spoon some of the drained beans on to the spread sauce and garnish with the parsley to serve.

Alternative Italian Five Bean Salad on Ciabatta Toast

Italian five bean salad in tomato sauce on toast
Italian five bean salad in tomato sauce on toast

This idea is almost exactly the same as the first version but sees the beans mixed with the tomato sauce before both are added to the toasted ciabatta and garnished with the parsley.

Instructions

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Five bean salad is added to tomato sauceFive bean salad in tomato sauce is spread on ciabatta toast
Five bean salad is added to tomato sauce
Five bean salad is added to tomato sauce
Five bean salad in tomato sauce is spread on ciabatta toast
Five bean salad in tomato sauce is spread on ciabatta toast

Beans in Spicy Tomato Sauce on Toast with Poached Eggs

Haricot beans in homemade tomato sauce on toast with poached eggs
Haricot beans in homemade tomato sauce on toast with poached eggs

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 20 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 1 portion tomato sauce as prepared on this page
  • ½ red chilli pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 14 ounce can haricot beans in water
  • 2 eggs
  • White wine vinegar
  • 2 slices bread
  • Chopped parsley to garnish

Instructions

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Halved red chilli pepperRoughly chopped half red chilliTabasco and Worcester sauceSpicy sauces added to blitzed tomato sauceWashing Haricot beansHaricot beans added to spicy tomato sauceEgg ready for poachingBeans in spicy tomato sauce are spooned on to toastPoached eggs laid on spicy beans in tomato sauce on toast
Halved red chilli pepper
Halved red chilli pepper
Roughly chopped half red chilli
Roughly chopped half red chilli
Tabasco and Worcester sauce
Tabasco and Worcester sauce
Spicy sauces added to blitzed tomato sauce
Spicy sauces added to blitzed tomato sauce
Washing Haricot beans
Washing Haricot beans
Haricot beans added to spicy tomato sauce
Haricot beans added to spicy tomato sauce
Egg ready for poaching
Egg ready for poaching
Beans in spicy tomato sauce are spooned on to toast
Beans in spicy tomato sauce are spooned on to toast
Poached eggs laid on spicy beans in tomato sauce on toast
Poached eggs laid on spicy beans in tomato sauce on toast
  1. Add the chilli to the tomato sauce in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth before adding to a saucepan with the (drained) haricot beans. Stir well and heat gently while the eggs and toast are prepared.
  2. Most home cooks have their own favourite egg poaching method and you can of course use your poaching technique of choice. In this instance, the eggs were firstly broken in to small bowls. A large pot of water with some white wine vinegar was then brought to just below a simmer before being stirred to form a whirlpool. The eggs were carefully poached one at a time by being carefully poured in to the whirlpool to cook for about three minutes. (Note that you can see this egg poaching method demonstrated in the video below)
  3. The toast was made while the second egg was poaching and laid out on a serving plate.
  4. Divide the beans between the two slices of toast, lay an egg on top of each and garnish with the parsley.

How to Poach an Egg

Red Kidney Beans and Guacamole on Toast

Homemade guacamole and red kidney beans are served on Oktoberfest boule toast
Homemade guacamole and red kidney beans are served on Oktoberfest boule toast

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 2 min

Ready in: 12 min

Yields: Two servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • ½ red chilli pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped coriander (cilantro), plus a little extra to garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 thick slices of Oktoberfest boule loaf (or similar)
  • 2 tablespoons canned red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

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Guacamole ingredientsRemoving the stone from an avocadoMashing avocadoCombining guacamole ingredientsHomemade guacamoleOktoberfest bouleWashing red kidney beansOktoberfest boule toastGuacamole on toastRed kidney beans are spread on guacamole on toast
Guacamole ingredients
Guacamole ingredients
Removing the stone from an avocado
Removing the stone from an avocado
Mashing avocado
Mashing avocado
Combining guacamole ingredients
Combining guacamole ingredients
Homemade guacamole
Homemade guacamole
Oktoberfest boule
Oktoberfest boule
Washing red kidney beans
Washing red kidney beans
Oktoberfest boule toast
Oktoberfest boule toast
Guacamole on toast
Guacamole on toast
Red kidney beans are spread on guacamole on toast
Red kidney beans are spread on guacamole on toast
  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl with the back of a fork. Add the garlic, chilli pepper, coriander/cilantro, lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine to a smooth paste.
  2. Lightly toast the bread and spread with the guacamole.
  3. Spoon the red kidney beans on to the guacamole. Garnish with the remaining coriander.

© 2013 Gordon Hamilton

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    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hope you enjoyed your interpretation of the idea, glmorrisbda. Thanks for sharing the idea and visiting.

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      Gary L. Morris 

      3 years ago from Frankfurt, Germany

      I used to love beans on toast as a kid, you've definitely opened up my eyes to the possibilities of this simple but satisfying meal. I'm definitely going to try the 5 Bean Salad and the Avocado (which I think I'll add some bacon strips laid on the Boule first)!

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I'm good tirelesstraveler, thank you. I have similar memory lapses - you can let me know if it comes back to you :) Enjoy your beans on toast!

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      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Gordon, you doing well? I had a question for you , but I can't remember what it was.

      Beans on toast, splendid idea.

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      Dale Anderson 

      4 years ago from The High Seas

      Everyone should try these recipes. 5 stars, voted up and useful.

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I hope you both get an opportunity to try out some of these ideas Rochelle and KDeus and do enjoy them. I think beans on toast is probably more popular in the UK than anywhere else but it really is a very enjoyable if simple combination. Thanks you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Keely Deuschle 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I can't say I've never heard of or thought of putting beans on toast! You have given a lot of great-looking options to try so I may just have to try it! I love avocado, so the one with the guac looks pretty tasty! Thanks for introducing me to something new! Voted up, useful, and shared!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      4 years ago from California Gold Country

      I have never heard of this combination-- but , certainly, what a good go-together, both economical and nutritious. I'm going to be trying out these ideas.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I love that beans and cheese toast dish as well Colleen! :) Thanks very much for visiting and commenting and I hope you enjoyed your breakfast.

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      Colleen Swan 

      4 years ago from County Durham

      Some great ideas for a quick and easy to make tasty meal. My favorite has always been the baked beans on toast covered in cheese and flashed under the grill. voted up and 5 stars. I am going to make this right now for breakfast (UK)

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      The quick and easy nature of beans on toast is definitely one of its most appealing factors Sharkye11. Glad you like the ideas and hope you get a chance to try some of them out. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Jayme Kinsey 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow! These recipes sound delicious. Definitely a quick, easy and yet filling meal idea. Am pinning and sharing!

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