This Is What A Full Irish Breakfast Really Means

In the spirit of St. Patrick's day, there is often a very important and oftentimes overlooked element of the celebration across the country, and possibly the world — breakfast. While many might fail to make the connection or even consider associating breakfast to this joyous occasion, the truth is they're missing out on the opportunity to experience a small taste of true Irish gold and the chance to take part in the full St. Patty's Day experience. And the meal is delicious, of course.

Known as a hearty way to kick-start your day, a full Irish breakfast is simply more than a plate of food — it's where history and culture intertwine in a delightfully tasty way. As a top contender as one of the best morning meals around the world (via Traveller), a full Irish breakfast, when done correctly, is all you'll need to tip your hat to the Irish and further convince you to take a trip to this beautiful country. However, for those of you who are unable to just yet, here's all you need to know about this legendary breakfast.

Experience a taste of Ireland

"Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper," goes the old Irish saying meaning the best way to start the day is with a full Irish breakfast (via Discovering Ireland). Not to be confused with a full English breakfast, although similar, they have key differences. For instance, a full Irish breakfast is an iron rich and protein packed meal that is known to feature over-easy eggs served alongside baked beans, black pudding, black and white blood sausages, Irish bacon and sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes (via The Food Network). Toast, butter, and lots of tea to wash it all down with, are also part of this feast. 

If you're feeling particularly hungry, try swapping out the toast for Irish soda bread instead. Traditionally prepared to be consumed on cold winter mornings for farm workers back in the day, today, it's typically left for lazy Sunday mornings. But for those of you looking to experience an authentic St. Patrick's Day, look no further than ordering a full Irish breakfast.