This month marks a double celebration for Branston Beans, as, along with it being their 10th birthday, the Good Housekeeping Institute has rated them best out of 11 leading brands tested. Their beans contain more tomato than the leading brand, and 4 out of 5 consumers prefer the taste, so it's no wonder they received this endorsement.
As part of the Branston Beans #LoveBranstonBeans campaign, I have been invited to create a breakfast dish in the 'Round-the-Clock challenge', to show how versatile baked beans are. Baked beans are definitely a store cupboard staple in The Crazy Kitchen, and I buy a few cans each week to use in dishes such as bolognaise and chilli, as well as to be eaten on toast and jacket potatoes.
If you think of a great British breakfast you would almost certainly picture a big fry up of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and tomatoes, and with this traditional breakfast in mind I came up with my one dish breakfast, containing all of those essential ingredients, along with a little continental addition of paprika.
The beauty of this dish is that it can mostly be prepared in advance, and then popped in the oven for 15 minutes to cook the egg, which makes it a great way to eat your full English even in the middle of the week, before rushing off to work or school. If you wanted to save even more time you could cook the complete dish in advance and then reheat in the microwave in just a few minutes.
On the weekend it would make a great brunch, served in one large pan set in the middle of the table, which everyone can help themselves to.
Baked Full English - serves 6
tsp Olive oil
6 good quality thick sausages
120g smoked streaky bacon, chopped
tsp smoked paprika
2 cans Branston Baked Beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
6 medium free range eggs
salt, pepper & parsley to taste
- heat the olive oil in a large frying pan
- add the sausages and cook until browned
- add the bacon and fry until crispy and brown and the sausages are cooked through
- remove the sausages and set aside
- add the paprika and stir
- add the baked beans and tomatoes and stir well
- bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes
- place one sausage in each of 6 small shallow ovenproof dishes
- spoon the baked beans, bacon etc into the dish, making sure not to overfill
- make a well and crack an egg into the well (you may not need to add all of the white to fill the well)
- place the dishes onto a baking tray and bake in a preheated 180C oven for approx 15 minutes, until the eggs are cooked to your liking
- season with salt, pepper & parsley before serving with thick slices of fresh bread, lightly toasted
This dish went down extremely well in our household, and is definitely one that I'll be repeating on a regular basis.
this post has been commissioned by Branston Beans