Why breakfast is getting a seriously savoury makeover

Step away from the sugary cereal.

Press Association
Last updated: 9 May 2018 - 11.15am

Call it the avocado-on-toast-with-sriracha effect, but breakfasts that are light on sugar and heavy on spice, tang, heat and savouriness, are on the rise.

Sure, the good old Full English has been around for decades, and eggs and soldiers has always held its own, but more and more we’re getting a taste for meals first thing in the morning that don’t subscribe to the traditional parameters of breakfast.

So, if you’re tempted to reach for something other than cereal, toast, bacon or pancakes, these breakfasts will hit that savoury spot your tastebuds are clamouring for.

1. Shakshuka

Eggs baked in a spicy mixture of tinned tomatoes, chilli, garlic and onion, topped with coriander, spinach or parsley – all you need is a hunk of fresh bread to mop it all up with.

2. Breakfast tacos

This Tex-Mex classic probably isn’t a before-work breakfast. Instead, save it for the weekend when you can prep all your toppings without having to rush. Start with warm corn tortillas and layer up with any – or all – of the following: Scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, avocado, fried potatoes, chorizo, sweet potato, cheese, black beans, salsa and pickled red onion.

3. Smoked salmon bagels

Or lox, if you’re American – coat your toasted bagel with cream cheese, add slivers of salmon, capers, red onion and a squeeze of lemon juice, and you’re good to go.

4. Latkes

Similar to hash browns, latkes are crisp-fried patties made from grated onion and potato. Sturdy and starchy, they’ll keep you feeling full until lunchtime and are best dunked in cream cheese or apple sauce. Feel free to pop a poached egg on top, too.

5. Parmesan French Toast

For when you’ve run out of maple syrup and berry compote, start grating some Parmesan instead. 

6. Kale

For those who can’t bear the idea of a green smoothie first thing, stir fried or buttered kale makes a great base for poached eggs, or as a topping for toast with a sprinkling of nuts.

7. Savoury porridge

It does sound a bit odd, but porridge doesn’t have to come with honey alone. In fact, you can chuck almost whatever you like into your bowl of oats – try spring onions, spinach, nuts, bacon, seeds, eggs, mushroom, feta, kale, and all the herbs you can think of.

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