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Breakfast for Dinner: Hearty Irish Breakfast

My sister and I loved it when my mom made breakfast for dinner.  Typically we'd have scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy and wow, it was so delicious.  We'd giggle about getting to stay up all night since we'd just had breakfast!

Making an Irish breakfast was a no brainer when thinking about what I wanted to share in this post. It is full o' delicious proteins, vegetables, and this delicious bread.  What's not to love?  I used sausages that I found at Aldi that were Irish bangers, just to keep the meal authentic!

Lately, my daughter has introduced me to the term "brinner" (breakfast and dinner) and pointed out the variations (like McDonald's having all-day breakfast) and pancakes at IHop all hours of the day.  For me, what I remember is the sense of novelty, it was different. It's like being naughty, but with permission.

Lately, I have been enjoying breakfast cereal as a late-night snack. Cheerios and almond milk are comforting, filling and not-so-bad for me. I don't feel a bit guilty about it being "breakfast food."  If you don't feel guilty either, pin this for future brinners! ↓

In addition to this great brinner, check out all the ideas below.  I have a feeling that brinner is going to be one of my family's new vocabulary words.

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Hearty Irish Breakfast

Hearty Irish Breakfast

Yield: 4
Prep time: 6 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 31 M
This hearty breakfast is perfect for dinner, too!


  • 4  eggs
  • 4  link sausage
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 4 slices canadian style bacon
  • 1 c button mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 T Irish butter
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 2 slices Irish soda bread
  • 2 tomato


How to cook Hearty Irish Breakfast

  1. Heat oven to boil.
  2. Cut tomato in half, set aside.
  3. Open beans, pour into a small saucepan, and heat on medium heat.
  4. In a skillet, melt butter with a little olive oil and toss in mushrooms.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes, add in garlic, reduce heat. Cook until tender.  Remove from pan.
  6. Pierce sausages with a fork in several places. 
  7. Fry bacon and sausages together, remove from pan and set aside.
  8. Add butter to skillet, fry eggs sunny side up (see notes for a perfect sunny side up egg)
  9. Cut soda bread in half, toast. Butter toast while hot.
  10. Pop tomato into oven on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  11. Broil tomato until bubbling hot.
  12. Assemble breakfast: In a large bowl, scoop 1/2 of the beans into the plate.  Add eggs to one side, the mushrooms to the other. Lay bacon and bangers on top of eggs. Garnish with broiled tomato.  


Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat until lightly shimmering, about 5 minutes. Crack an egg into a small cup and slowly add it to the skillet; repeat with the other egg. Flick some water into the skillet (just a few droplets.) Cover with a tight lid and cook, uninterrupted, until the whites are completely set but the yolks are still runny, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
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  1. Terri, this looks so amazing. A great breakfast, brunch or brinner. You may want to take a look at your pin photo. It has the wrong recipe name under the photo.

    1. Thank you, I fixed that. Sheesh, I was interrupted and forgot to change the wording. Thanks for being a friend and pointing that out!

  2. This is the most perfect breakfast for dinner idea!! I had a similar hearty breakfast during my visit to London a couple years ago - and this looks just delicious.

  3. That is no ordinary breakfast it has sausage and bacon and is fit for any family. This would be a great dinner for any hungry family.

  4. This looks like an incredible breakfast! I will be making it one morning for sure. Or for dinner!

  5. We have brinner often when Daddy has the night class and it is just me and the kid. I absolutely adore this sampler platter approach to any meal.

  6. That looks like such a solid, yummy breakfast. The type of meal to get you through a long day.

  7. we just visited Ireland in September and loved having this breakfast when they served it to us- it was so different ha.

  8. I love breakfast for dinner! This looks delicious, and I know my husband would be more on board with all the meat and beans. (He typically doesn't like having breakfast for dinner.)

  9. I think it would be a great idea as I am looking for new to eat for dinner. Thanks for sharing this really useful.

  10. I’ve actually never had an Irish breakfast before. Looking for to actually giving this a try. Love the combination of flavors.

  11. This looks so good! It would be nice to make a big, hearty breakfast like this on the weekends.

  12. Yum! I would love to have this for breakfast today or dinner too. I've had Canadian bacon before and I really liked it. -LYNNDEE

  13. I love having breakfast for dinner. My kids enjoy it a lot too. Your meal looks amazing! I may need to try that sometime.

  14. That looks like delicious breakfast I can have it any day. You made perfect one. I would love to taste test it.

  15. I've never had an Irish breakfast before. This looks yummy for me!

  16. I love breakfast for dinner. Making it Irish is just icing on the cake (or breakfast muffin!!)

  17. Anonymous4:53 PM

    Now these days that places like yes, McDonalds or even IHOP selling breakfast all day long I start to say "there are no rules to eating food" cause we are now literally eating backwards hahah.

  18. Rose Ann Sales4:11 AM

    I really had no idea what an Irish breakfast looks like. It looks really great and satisfying.

  19. The Irish breakfast looks absolutely delightful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would love to give it a try!

  20. That is one HEARTY looking breakfast!

  21. One of my favorite types of breakfasts! I love all the different things on the plate.


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