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Experts say hash browns don’t belong on a Full English

20/03/2023

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Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman

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We all love a good old fry up, don’t we? But if your order of choice features a humble hash brown (or three) then apparently, you’ve not been making yours right.

You heard us…experts from the English Breakfast Society have controversially claimed that the little potato triangles don’t belong on a Full English at all.

Honestly, we’re as shocked as you.

full english breakfast

Hash browns are favourite on the Full English (Credit: Unsplash)

The society dubbed hash browns ‘a lazy American replacement’ for bubble and squeak – which is a traditional British meal made from cabbage and potatoes.

“Hash browns are not part of a traditional English breakfast,” the representative said in a statement.

“Frozen hash browns are a lazy American replacement for traditional bubble and squeak, served by those who lack pride in the English breakfast tradition.”

Yikes. They added that they feared the UK’s preference for a hash brown could be a trigger for further quirky breakfast toppings.

“Somebody has to draw the line somewhere and say ‘no hash browns’ because if we let the hash browns thing slide and become part of the tradition what’s next? Fish fingers? Kebab meat?,” they said.

Fish fingers on a Full English? Sorry, but we wouldn’t actually be mad at it…

The Full English Society said that a proper Full English contains the following: fried egg, grilled tomato, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding, and toast.

The experts added that it should be consumed alongside a tea or a coffee (or a glass of orange juice), with newspapers to read on the side.

Who knew there were so many rules, ey?

Responding to the debate online, people’s opinions were mixed. Some were horrified at the idea of hash browns being shunned, whilst others thought it was about time, too.

“Thank you. Finally someone who has drawn a line in the sand. I hate the things,” said one.

Whilst another wrote: “Amen to that!”

Traditional full english breakfast. Fried eggs, baked beans, bacon, sausages and toasts

Apparently hash browns are just a replacement for bubble and squeak (Credit: Alamy)

“A bit late bringing it up now. Hash browns have been a feature of a full English for years,” said someone else.

Whilst a fourth commented: “Sometimes it’s just gotta be done though, the kids love em.”

“I’m British and my favourite part of cooked Breakfast are the Hash Browns, I often eat them just on their own with some HP sauce, love them,” said somebody else.

Surely the Full English can evolve over the years, right?! Either way, we’re not going to be shunning the potatoey delights any time soon…

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