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What does a typical breakfast look like in America?

Fried eggs with bacon - typical American breakfast
Fried eggs with bacon - typical American breakfast

An American breakfast is varied

A typical American breakfast is plentiful. We have that on ours Trips to Savor determined by America. Anyone who plans to visit the United States should know that the Americans eat differently than we Europeans. This starts with breakfast. This is the main meal of the day after dinner in North America. At lunchtime you only eat a little something like a sandwich or salad. Breakfast has to be plentiful to provide you with energy throughout the day. There is also what is commonly called a "continental breakfast". This consists of dishes such as toast, jam, butter, fruit, muesli or cake. A typical American breakfast is prepared in the pan. This includes a breakfast omelet, eggs with bacon, ham or pork sausages and fried potatoes, pancakes and toast with butter and jam. Eggs Benedict or waffles are also very tasty. In addition you drink coffee, juice and rare tea.

You should know these terms

You should know a few terms about egg dishes. If you want fried eggs, you order your eggs "sunny side up". If you want the cook to fry the eggs on both sides, you ask for them "overeasy". If you like the yolk a little firmer in the fried egg, you order the eggs "over medium". Scrambled eggs are scrambled eggs. A typical American breakfast also includes potatoes. These are available as fried potatoes or “hash browns”. These are grated potatoes that roughly correspond to our rösti.

You need that for a typical American breakfast

You are well equipped with these ingredients if you want to prepare a typical American breakfast at home.

  • Eggs
  • Bacon or ham
  • milk
  • water
  • Sugar and vanilla sugar
  • smoked salmon
  • potatoes
  • Toast
  • hollandaise sauce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (grated)
  • Mushrooms

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Omelette with toast and mushrooms - typical breakfast in America
Omelette with toast and mushrooms - American breakfast

Typical breakfast in America

Breakfast does not necessarily have to be served traditionally, as in the first image example. At the Sun Towers Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the same ingredients were served as a "breakfast bowl". It can also happen that sweets are served alongside savory items. There are even dishes that combine the two. Pigs in a Blanket are sausages wrapped in pancakes.

Breakfast omelet with bacon, spinach and cheese
Breakfast omelet with bacon, spinach and cheese - American breakfast

American breakfast omelet

There are many ways to prepare eggs. So it is common to serve this as a breakfast omelet with all kinds of ingredients. In this case it's bacon, spinach and cheese. There are also fried potatoes and toast with jam.

Make omelets yourself

For an American breakfast omelet you need:

  • two eggs,
  • a tomato,
  • grated cheese (e.g. Gouda or Emmentaler),
  • two tablespoons of flour,
  • two tablespoons of milk,
  • Paprika,
  • Salt and pepper,
  • Parsley or chives and
  • some olive oil.

You mix the eggs with flour and milk. Then you cut the tomato into small pieces and stir it together with the cheese under the dough. Season the whole thing with paprika, salt and pepper and fry the omelette in the pan on both sides until golden brown.

You can also add crispy fried bacon strips, fried potatoes or mushrooms to your breakfast omelet. Then your American breakfast is complete. If it should be particularly lavish, add sauce hollandaise over the omelet.

Salmon Eggs Benedict and waffles
Salmon Eggs Benedict - American breakfast

Eating in the breakfast restaurant

Guests often find Eggs Benedict on the menus of a breakfast restaurant. Poached eggs are placed on ham and a biscuit. The whole thing is served with a hollandaise sauce. There are also fried potatoes. The Eggs Benedict are offered in many variations. So you can find them with salmon or other ingredients in the offer of breakfast restaurants.

Eggs Benedict recipe for home

For us, an American breakfast with Eggs Benedict is part of a pleasure trip. You can easily make Eggs Benedict yourself. You have to poach eggs for this. It works like this:

You boil salt water and add vinegar. Once the water boils, use a wooden spoon to whirl it up. Now you open an egg in a ladle and sink it into the eye of the vertebra. At the beginning, protein threads are still formed. But if you keep pushing the vertebrae with the wooden spoon, they will wrap around the egg and form a poached egg, as you need for Eggs Benedict. If you want the egg to be hard, boil it for three to four minutes. If you want it to be softer, take it out of the water faster.

Now you cut your rolls. Spread a tablespoon of hollandaise sauce on top. They are ready to buy. Put ham or smoked salmon on it. On top is the poached egg, and finally another spoonful of hollandaise sauce. You can garnish the whole thing with fresh herbs.

Waffles with chocolate sauce - perfect for an American breakfast with Eggs Benedict and waffles
Waffles with Chocolate Sauce - American Breakfast

Sweet breakfast

Then there are the Americans who like to eat sweet. For them there are waffles with maple syrup or chocolate sauce. Waffles are also served with fruit or with sausages. Alternatively, French toast - something like "poor knights" - or Pfannkuchen with syrup or fruit available.

French Toast

We prepare it when we have old white bread left over. With this recipe you can make a breakfast that tastes delicious. You need this for four servings:

  • three eggs
  • 200 milliliters of milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • eight slices of stale white bread or toast
  • Butter for frying

Mix milk, salt and eggs in a flat (preferably rectangular) jar. Leave the slices of toast in there until they are soaked with the liquid.

In the meantime, heat the butter in a pan. Fry the toast slices golden brown on both sides.

Traditionally, French toast is served dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup. You can also sprinkle nuts on it.

But you can also be more inventive. Compote with blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Later in the year you can vary the fruit and serve the toast with apples, pears or figs.

You can refine the egg milk with sugar, vanilla sugar or cinnamon.

waffels basic recipe

If you want to make your American breakfast with waffles at home, you need these ingredients.

  • Three eggs,
  • 125 grams of sugar,
  • a packet of vanilla sugar,
  • 125 grams of margarine,
  • a teaspoon of baking soda,
  • a quarter pound more,
  • a quarter liter of milk and
  • a pinch of salt.

Mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar together. Then stir in the margarine underneath. Finally, add flour, baking powder, milk and salt and mix everything together. You bake this dough into waffles in waffle irons.

Chocolate sauce, cherries, maple syrup, Nutella, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar go well with this.

Breakfast in which restaurants?

If you want to enjoy breakfast, you can either find it in a hotel restaurant or in a restaurant like Denny's or IHOP in Florida, which specialize in breakfast. Hotels that offer bed and breakfast rarely offer these dishes to their guests. Their breakfasts often consist of toast, muffins and coffee in plastic cups. Therefore, we advise in individual cases to prefer not to have breakfast in the hotel and to go to the trouble of going to a breakfast restaurant. You will enjoy it! Choosing "bed and breakfast" as the selection criterion when booking a hotel only makes sense for those who do not value breakfast. Culinary travel is also fun in America if you know where, what and how you can enjoy it.

With these tips you can enjoy a typical American breakfast on your trips to Canada or the USA. We don't just do this on our travels. Instead, we always prepare an American breakfast at home. Of course, not all of these dishes are always available. But they are always there, and variety is fun and appetite. We hope that the recipes and tips will also help you plan your trip. And maybe they will bring beautiful memories of your trips to America to your own kitchen.

American breakfast with Eggs Benedict and waffles
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Responses

  1. Catherine
    | Reply

    Hi monika,
    of course, the article has addressed me as a small treat :-) The American breakfast I really learned to love - especially pancakes. A bottle of maple syrup has been left in the fridge since our first trip to the US ... The craziest breakfast I had in New York: a French toast stuffed. Toast drizzled in maple syrup with bananas, blueberries and cream (ie calories for about 3 days).
    Regards
    Catherine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Katharina,

      we feel the same way. We always look forward to the American breakfast. My favorite breakfast is Eggs Benedict - not exactly low in calories either. But soooo delicious! There is usually no lunch for that. Breakfast usually lasts all day. And as far as crazy breakfast dishes are concerned, do you already know the “pigs in a blanket”? These are pork sausages wrapped in thick pancakes with a lot of maple syrup over them: D Not bad either ...

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Peggy
    | Reply

    Hi monika,

    yes the American breakfast is really generous but I love french toast. Best garnished with fruit. :) As the portions are also often abundant, I need then until the evening really nothing more food. A really nice compilation of the individual breakfast dishes. In the pictures, the water runs in my mouth. :) Although I am looking forward to 3-4 weeks USA, I am always on delicious rolls and strong bread in Germany. :)

    Regards
    Peggy

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Peggy,

      For me it is less the breakfast or the German bread that I miss. I usually miss very simple dishes such as potatoes with quark or something similar :). It usually comes on the first day after the return.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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