An Ulster fry breakfast is enough to keep one going right through the busiest of days. Five varieties of Northern Irish breads, lightly fried, a couple of grilled Irish sausages, a thick slice of Bramley apple, a few rashers of grilled bacon, a few button mushrooms, a couple of small vine tomatoes, a slice each of white and black pudding, a slice of ‘vegetable roll’, and a fried egg, sunny side up are all a quintessential part of a true Ulster breakfast fry up. It’s the range of fried breads that sets an Ulster Fry apart from any other fry up.
With as many as fourteen items on an Ulster Fry menu, it’s up to you how many you put on your Ulster Fry. Bramley apple pairs with pork; Irish speciality breads mop up the egg yolk; and the black and white pudding (made from pork, rusks, fat and oatmeal) and ‘vegetable roll’ (made from beef or pork sausagemeat with about 4 percent leeks thrown in!) just max out the protein to supercharge your day. The mushrooms and tomato reassure you’re heading towards your 5-a-day of fruit and veg.
Top Tips to Make a Perfect Ulster Fry:
With so many items on one dish, the perfect Ulster Fry up needs as much coordination as dinner on Christmas Day.
The day before:
Make or buy the best homemade artisan Ulster breads you plan to serve on your fry.
Gather up all other items you plan to serve with the breads, and organise the order in which you plan to cook them. You want everything to be just ready at the same time. Though it’s called an Ulster Fry, it does help to make use of your oven and grill to keep things hot. You don’t have to fry everything – the meats will taste just as good oven cooked or grilled.
The homemade Ulster breads do taste better fried on this occasion, though they too can be kept hot in the oven until everything else is ready.
Here are my favourite recipes to make an amazing Ulster fry. The breads come first, the fried egg and meats need no explanation, and I’ve included the traditional fried Bramley apple slice and Ulster dry panned mushrooms recipes.
A tip for extra special fried tomatoes for an Ulster Fry
Cut tomatoes in half and fry inside down at first.
Turn and sprinkle a little brown sugar into the cooked side. Continue to cook the outside base to your liking. Delicious!