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How To Make an Authentic Full Irish Breakfast

Updated on March 16, 2017
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Full Irish Breakfast
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Start Your Day the Hearty Way With A Traditional Irish Breakfast

The Irish are known for their generous meals and a hearty traditional Irish breakfast is the perfect start to any day...especially St. Patrick's Day!

How will you be starting your St. Patrick's Day this year? On this page, discover Irish soda bread, black pudding, white pudding, Irish breakfast tea and the many other items that make up a traditional Full Irish Breakfast.

Start planning now for your St. Patrick's Day breakfast on March 17th!

Irish Farmhouse Cookbook

An Irish Farmhouse Cookbook
An Irish Farmhouse Cookbook
This cookbook is truly a treat all year round, but I love to flip through is pages in early spring around St. Patrick's Day. There is something about the green, rolling hills of Ireland that inspires me. And the recipes are authentic Irish favorites that make me long for traditional full breakfast with my family. I look forward to it every year!

Full Irish Breakfast

A Full Irish Breakfast takes the morning meal to a whole new level! It starts with traditional breakfast foods, like eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes and hot tea with milk...but it gets crazy good when you add in some grilled tomatoes, baked beans, black and white puddings and Irish soda bread with sweet butter and preserves! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Full Irish Breakfast

Full Irish Breakfast
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What Makes Up a Traditional Irish Breafast?

This is a list of items that make up a hearty traditional Irish breakfast. Of course, not every Irish breakfast will include every one of these items, but choose the ones you like the best to make up a delicious fare for St. Patrick's Day...or any day!

  • Farm Fresh Eggs with bright, sunny yolks
  • Irish Sausage
  • Irish Bacon (thicker than American bacon)
  • Grilled Tomatoes
  • White Pudding
  • Black Pudding (blood pudding)
  • Baked Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Potato Bread
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Sweet Irish Butter
  • Traditional Irish Preserves
  • Irish Breakfast Tea with lots of milk

What is an Irish Breakfast?

May the Irish hills caress you.

May her lakes and rivers bless you.

May the luck of the Irish enfold you.

May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

~Irish Blessing

What is black pudding? White pudding?

Wondering what black pudding and white pudding is? No, it's not chocolate and vanilla desserts! Actually, these puddings are breakfast sausages! Black pudding is made with the blood and fat of the pig, mixed with bread crumbs and seasonings. White pudding is basically the same thing, but without the blood!

It used to be that every Irish family had a backyard pig...when they butchered it, they rightly used EVERY part of the animal...Waste Not, Want Not! The tradition of blood sausage has been passed on through the generations and is still enjoyed today in a traditional Irish breakfast!

Black Pudding

Full Irish Breakfast...Get Everything Here!

Traditional Irish Breakfast
Traditional Irish Breakfast
I love that Amazon makes it easy to prepare your Full Irish Breakfast! I ordered this package last year, complete with pure grass-fed Kerrygold Irish butter. I added homemade sourdough bread, local pastured eggs and some whole cream for the tea and we had an amazing feast! I wish I could eat this way every day of the year...and still stay in my size 8's!

Traditional Irish Breakfast

Traditional Irish Breakfast
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May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

~Irish Blessing

Adagio Irish Breakfast
Adagio Irish Breakfast | Source

Finish with an Irish Tea

The Irish will tell you that the only teas worth drinking are either Lyon's or Barry's...and usually they have a preference between the two! The best Irish teas blend perfectly with the water in Ireland, so you may not get quite the same effect when you have Irish breakfast tea in other places!

Irish Tea ~ Hot with lots of milk!

Irish Tea
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Irish Breakfast Tea - Finish Your Traditional Irish Breakfast with Tea

Don't forget to add lots of milk!

Twinings 50 Count (Pack of 1)
Twinings 50 Count (Pack of 1)
Twining Irish Breakfast Tea is my absolute favorite! I keep it in my kitchen year round and enjoy several times a week with lots of milk or cream. It is so smooth and a really nice treat! This tea pairs perfectly with your Full Irish Breakfast spread.
Irish Blessing
Irish Blessing | Source

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