Fried Eggs: Fried eggs are typically a breakfast food in English-speaking countries, but may be eaten at other times of the day or not at all in other cultures. In the UK and Ireland fried eggs are sometimes served on toast, or in a sandwich. In America eggs in a basket are popular. It is also an essential part of the Full English/Irish Breakfast commonly eaten in Britain and Ireland. Scrambled Eggs, though fried, are not considered "fried eggs". Oatmeal: one in five Americans eats oatmeal." Oatmeal porridge also contains more B vitamins and calories than other kinds of porridges. A common alternative method of cooking oatmeal in Scotland is to soak it overnight in salted water and cook on a low heat in the morning for a few minutes until the mixture thickens. ( see Oatmeal Month for Gruel information) French Toast: French toast originated as a way to use day-old or stale bread -French toast (often known as Eggy Bread, is a popular breakfast food in North America, Europe and Brazil. French toast is made with bread and eggs. Milk is commonly added. This dish is often topped with powdered sugar, butter, fruit, syrup, or other items. (French Toast Day) French Toast Variations include stuffed french toast -
Grits: Grits is a Native American corn-based food common in the Southern US, consisting of coarsely ground corn. Grits can be served hot or cold and as a base for a multitude of dishes from breakfast to dessert. Additives can range from salt and butter, meats, vegetables, and sugar. In the south, fried eggs mixed with grits are a specialty!
Full English Breakfast: Traditional breakfasts in the United States and Canada derive from the full English breakfast and other European breakfast traditions and feature predominantly sweet or mild-flavored foods, mostly hot. The Full Breakfast traditionally comprises several fried foods, usually including bacon and eggs, and is popular throughout the British Isles and other parts of the English-speaking world.
Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy: Biscuits and gravy is a popular breakfast dish amongst people of the Southern United States. It consists of buttermilk American biscuits covered in thick "country" or "white" gravy made from the drippings of cooked pork sausage, white flour, milk, and often bits of real sausage, bacon, ground beef, or other meat. The gravy is often flavored with black pepper. In some parts of the South this is also called (country style gravy /sawmill gravy. Also country ham and red eye gravy and grits- While biscuits and gravy generally refers to sausage gravy (as described above) there are regional variations on this gravy. Egg gravy is one variant popular in southern Indiana. It is made by scrambling eggs in bacon grease, then adding flour and milk to make gravy, and adding crumbled bacon back to the mixture. Tomato gravy is white gravy mixed with crushed or diced tomatoes, also a southern delight!
Frittata: A frittata is a type of Italian omelette that frequently features fillings such as meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Like a traditional French omelette, a frittata is prepared in a skillet. However, whereas an omelette is cooked on a stovetop and served folded, a frittata is first partially cooked on a stovetop but then broiled (grilled) to finish and served open-faced.
Waffles: A waffle is a batter-based cake or dough-based bread cooked in a waffle iron patterned to give a distinctive shape. There are dozens of European regional variations based on the type and shape of the iron and the recipe used. Many Soul food breakfast menus across the country include fried chicken wings, catfish, pork chops and salmon croquettes. (see Chicken and waffles) (National Waffle Week) Breakfast Sandwiches: Breakfast sandwiches typically are made using breakfast meats, breads, eggs and cheese. These sandwiches were typically regional specialties until fast food restaurants began serving breakfast. Fried eggs with bacon or sausage and American cheese on a seeded kaiser roll is a popular breakfast sandwich in parts of New York. Grill Cheese is a popular breakfast sandwich too! Corned Beef Hash: hash is often a mixture of beef (often leftovers of corned beef or roast beef), onions, potatoes, and spices that are mashed together into a coarse, chunky paste, and then cooked, either alone, or with other ingredients. A favorite combination is corned beef, fried eggs or poached, home fries and biscuits! (see National Corned Beef Hash Day) Country Fried Steak: Country fried steak is common for a dinner or supper meal along with veggies and mashed potatoes- but in the southern United States, country fried steak is very popular for breakfast, eaten with biscuits and gravy! (see country fried steak)
Maple Syrup: Some regions of Canada especially Quebec, New Brunswick and Parts of Eastern Ontario will commonly include maple syrup with crêpes, French toast, pancakes, or waffles.
Pancakes: Pancakes and waffles are also popular.
Coffee is the most common breakfast beverage: In the United States, 65% of coffee drunk during the day is with breakfast. Also common are tea, (see TeaTime-How do you take your tea?) milk, hot chocolate, orange juice, and other fruit juices (grapefruit, tomato, etc). Occasionally, caffeinated carbonated beverages may be substituted for the more traditional coffee or tea. Espresso drinks such as cappuccino and latte have become increasingly popular since the 1990s. (see National Coffee Month)