Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste?
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Breakfast recipes with a really - really! - strong taste?

Religiously, my breakfast everyday is dark, nutty brown bread, toasted crisply [not burnt, but getting there], scrape of butter and lashings of Marmite all washed down with a black coffee.

I *love* the strong, rich flavours and they really wake me up. Depending on what's happening that day, sometimes I'll have a Red Bull too. I'm the kind of person who salivates at the thought of leftover Indian takeaway for breakfast - or lasagne, or pizza. Stuffed porksteak, mmm

Traditional breakfast foods like porridge, eggs, cereal seem really bland and unappetising.

Not that I plan on ditching Marmite any time soon, but does anyone have any other really savoury breakfast ideas?
posted by Chorus to Food & Drink (52 answers total) 69 users marked this as a favorite
One of my favorite breakfasts:
Hard black pumpernickel and cottage cheese with a LOT of really coarse ground black peppercorns.
posted by Tchad at 12:56 PM on July 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

A really spicy Bloody Mary. Truly the breakfast of champions.
posted by Decani at 12:59 PM on July 31, 2011 [7 favorites]

Some black bread with butter and caviar. I prefer red, but black works as well. Just make sure to brush your teeth when you're done.
posted by griphus at 1:00 PM on July 31, 2011

Chorizo sausage and eggs is really good, although I usually make it for dinner rather than breakfast. I leave out the onion, cilantro and tortillas, and add extra raisins.

You might be tempted to leave out the raisins but they really make the dish in my opinion, unless you absolutely can't stand raisins under any circumstances.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 1:00 PM on July 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

This actually IS a traditional breakfast. Put everything in a slowcooker at night and wake up to the greatest smell in the universe...and it ONLY gets better from there.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:02 PM on July 31, 2011 [4 favorites]

Egg (scrabbled or poached) is great with Tabasco sauce.
posted by b33j at 1:03 PM on July 31, 2011

You mention eggs seem bland...have you tried jazzing them up a little bit?

One of my favorite things to do for breakfast is scramble some eggs and mix in gouda cheese*, a bit of sea salt, plenty of ground black pepper, and top it all off with some sriracha.

Your mileage may vary if you don't like spicy things as much as I do, but if you do, oh man, it can't be beat.

*Other cheeses can work very well, too. A supermarket here sells habanero cheddar cheese. Not for the faint of heart, but absolutely delicious. Makes the king of all grilled cheeses, too.
posted by andrewcilento at 1:04 PM on July 31, 2011

My favorite tactic is to poach an egg or two in something pungent. Based on the Marmite, I assume you're British, so I don't know if you're familiar with it, but green chili is ideal. It's also great with my chunky eggplant marinara, with daal, curry, or really, almost any other stew and sauce. Sometimes, I'll fry up a little brick of polenta to serve it over.

Also, look around for different types of breakfast burritos you might like.

Rye bread with cream cheese and olives (any kind except those sad black olives in a can) is good, too.

And, of course, you can eat whatever you want for breakfast. When I was a kid, I'd eat vegetable soup for breakfast by default, and once, my dad bought a bunch of canned clams, so I made linguine and clam sauce for breakfast a couple times a week until they were gone.
posted by ernielundquist at 1:10 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Eggs with salsa is one idea.

I often mix plain yogurt with just a swirl of real maple syrup -- the rich, sweet taste is nice against the sharpness of the yogurt.
posted by Bebo at 1:12 PM on July 31, 2011

Spicy quiche. Maybe something like this one? Quiches are really easy to modify, too, if you want even more spice. Chop it up and freeze individual servings, then pull one out at breakfast and reheat.
posted by anaelith at 1:18 PM on July 31, 2011

Make your own yogurt. Let it steep for as long as you can bear it (more than 12-18 hours unless you live in a very hot climate). It will get tangy as hell. If you like intense flavors, you'll like this.
posted by Sara C. at 1:27 PM on July 31, 2011

I use Marie Sharp's habanero sauce on eggs. Carrot based, doesn't have the "spice only" or "vinegar and red pepper" boring taste. Works well on ham steaks and fried potatoes as well. Add in a few spices such as garlic to taste, and you've got yourself an easy staple dish suddenly flavorful.

Fair warning, hot means hot. I drown stuff in it, but I'm big on peppers myself. Given that I'm too lazy in the morning to be cooking anything interesting, I rely pretty heavy on it.
posted by Saydur at 1:33 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

I like my scrambled eggs with a tiny bit of Sriracha garlic sauce.
posted by cazoo at 1:36 PM on July 31, 2011

You say "strong tastes" at the start of your question, so I would highly recommend pink grapefruit but then you say "savoury" at the end of the question, so I'm not sure it's right for you.
posted by alby at 1:36 PM on July 31, 2011

Lifted from the Beaver in Toronto:

- Toasted pumpernickel with cream cheese, capers and smoked salmon, with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of black pepper. The capers are essential for zing.

Straight from my own sick, demented culinary imagination:

- Toasted bagel with butter and cream cheese topped with a generous layer of Patak's curry paste or (even better) lime pickle.

- Leftover super-hot Thai green curry with strong, scalding Assam tea. Leftover super-hot Indian curry ditto. Tea is way more satisfying than coffee with spicy food, I find.

- Toasted bagel with cream cheese mixed with chopped-up pickled jalapenos and bacon.

- Soft-boiled egg with a pat of butter and a dash of Red Hot.
posted by stuck on an island at 1:39 PM on July 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

nova lox, cream cheese, raw onions and capers on pumpernickel bagel
posted by ian1977 at 1:40 PM on July 31, 2011

What Heaven Serves for Breakfast:

In a small skillet,

Melt 2 tablespoons butters, and add
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil flakes
1/4 tsp marjoram flackes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 finely chopped sweet Vidalia onion
1/2 cup sliced portobello mushrooms

Stir with fork, and simmer until onions are clear, and mushrooms are cooked. Set aside from heat.

In an omelet pan,

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter, and add
3 eggs, throughly whipped. Cook on one side till edges rise, and flip to other side.
Lay on 3 to 4 tablespoons of Philadelphia cream cheese.
Spoon on warm onion/mushroom filling from other small skillet.
Turn finished, filled hot omelet on to plate, with a simple fold over motion, to classic 1/2 round omelet shape.

Serve with favorite sides, like fried potatoes, stout toast with jam, or cream biscuits, and fresh squeezed orange juice and hot coffee.
posted by paulsc at 1:41 PM on July 31, 2011 [5 favorites]

PS If you are in the UK and Frank's Red Hot sauce is not yet part of your life, you should change that ASAP. Available at Tesco, and through Amazon for some reason. Whisked 50:50 with melted butter, it is known in my household as "crack sauce".
posted by stuck on an island at 1:43 PM on July 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

Anything with strong flavours that you like to eat any time of the day is just fine for breakfast, whether it's leftovers or something you want to make fresh.

Me, I re-heat last night's curry. LOVE. (As do you, I see upon re-reading your question. Don't just salivate: eat the stuff!)

If it must be breakfast: steak and scrambled eggs with salsa, plus roast potatoes / home fries with lots of garlic, black pepper, olive oil and rosemary. (You can make the latter in advance and reheat in a pan.) Tomatoes are fresh and awesome now, and loaded with umami, so cut some thick slices from a beefsteak or two and grill with a little Parmesan on top.
posted by maudlin at 1:45 PM on July 31, 2011

huevos rancheros!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:46 PM on July 31, 2011 [3 favorites]

posted by Iris Gambol at 1:47 PM on July 31, 2011 [7 favorites]

Chorizo and egg hash. Yum.
posted by MuffinMan at 1:48 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Liver hash and an extra spicy bloody beer.
posted by Matt Oneiros at 1:48 PM on July 31, 2011

In a take-off on Mark Bittman's savory breakfast, I got on a kick for a while of: rice, lots of soy sauce, eggs, sriracha, garlic if available, scallions or onions, and some cheese to moosh it all together.
posted by knile at 1:49 PM on July 31, 2011

Kippers! Om Nom Nom.
posted by The otter lady at 1:55 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Feta adds intensity to lots of dishes that call for cheese. Scrambled eggs with tomato and feta is a pretty good example of this.
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 1:57 PM on July 31, 2011

When you're ready to get serious, try Natto with rice. I wouldn't call it "strong" exactly, more like "challenging". But I think you might enjoy it, given your liking of marmite.
posted by danny the boy at 2:04 PM on July 31, 2011

Kedgeree! Yum.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 2:08 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Bagel or other bread product + cream cheese + thinly sliced raw garlic
posted by dersins at 2:17 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

Toasted multigrain bread with lots of butter and a mild seeded mustard.
White bread toast with horseradish cream and butter.
Scrambled eggs with lots of chives and a big dollop of cream.
Toasted multigrain bread, and mush up an avocado on top, sprinkle on some balsamic vinegar.
Left over steamed rice from the night before with soy, sweet chilli & ginger sauce and a dollop of butter reheated in the microwave.
Miso soup or my fav left over hot and sour soup.
Blue cheese on hot toast, it sort of softens in and goes all yummy.
Portabello mushrooms and garlic fried on toast.

I like a really savory breakfast and cannot stomach sweet things before lunch, comes from too much vegimite growing up. So a lot of time I'll just reheat some of what I had for dinner the night before for breakfast.
posted by wwax at 2:19 PM on July 31, 2011

I don't know if it's traditionally a breakfast food, but a Filipino friend introduced us to spam fried rice as the ultimate hangover breakfast. Make it as spicy as you like.
posted by thinkingwoman at 2:35 PM on July 31, 2011

I just had scrambled eggs with feta and ham on naan bread for breakfast. The naan really makes it - I used the Hairy Biker's recipe but added caraway and fenugreek seeds. Totally worth it to make your own! And it's a fairly easy beginning bread recipe.

It would have worked well with some kind of hot sauce as well, or hell, maybe even with garlic and a few chilies thrown in. :-)
posted by guster4lovers at 3:06 PM on July 31, 2011

goat cheese on toast with herbs and black pepper (I think the pineapple Filipino kind is the BEST)

miso soup

fried egg with rice and soy sauce and kimchee

eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce with tortillas and black beans
posted by 200burritos at 3:15 PM on July 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

I second kippers. Try with a splash of vinegar.
posted by pompomtom at 3:31 PM on July 31, 2011

I ADORE kimchee fried rice for breakfast. Or lunch. Or any time, really.
posted by mollymayhem at 3:38 PM on July 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

Huevos rancheros doesn't need to be all complicated - they're my fast breakfast! Just make yourself some pinto beans (either in the slow cooker or heated from a can), do your egg how you like it and serve salsa over both. (Do make sure to heat the salsa - don't serve it straight from the fridge.) If you have corn tortillas, just sit one over the beans while they heat. The steam will soften it up and make it super delicious when you pile beans, eggs and salsa over it. I'm partial to throwing some cheese on top, but you don't have to. Huevos rancheros are perfect because a well coordinated person can put them together in less than five minutes. Beans in a bowel in the microwave with a tortilla on top for three minutes, cook up the egg while that's going. When the beans come out, pop the salsa in for 30 seconds while you put the tortilla, beans and eggs on a plate with some grated cheese, pour salsa on. Eat.

Traditional huevos are done over easy, but I take mine scrambled. If you want to give the whole thing some extra YUM add cumin to the beans while they cook.
posted by stoneweaver at 3:54 PM on July 31, 2011

I love smoked salmon on your choice of bread + cream cheese.
My mom eats herring with mashed potatoes for breakfast.

Salty fish definitely has a strong taste.
posted by at 4:49 PM on July 31, 2011

One of my favorite breakfasts is what I've always just called a breakfast sandwich.

Toast your favorite bread, fry some nice bacon (I have this awesome butchery in my town that has the BEST maple bacon), fry an egg in the bacon grease, and throw it all together with some cheese (pepperjacks my favorite choice). Top it all off with some spicy mustard, (this recipe is beyond easy, and you can omit anything that seems to difficult or unappetizing) and you are good to go.
posted by this one is danny at 5:59 PM on July 31, 2011

I had a friend who used to make garam masala oatmeal - seasoned with all those savory Indian spices, but typical oatmeal otherwise. Not to my liking because I prefer my breakfast sweet, but good. In India, iddlis (steamed rice patties) are served with coconut chutney, a delightfully strong and delicious combo. Also, miso soup.
posted by ajarbaday at 8:09 PM on July 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

Speaking of garam masala: Two slices wheat toast, spread with garlic hummus. Get a nice amount of butter going in a pan, add garam masala and chile powder, fry up a pair of eggs in it, and serve them over the toast with the yolks still runny and the seasoned butter poured over top. It's called a Dirty Hippie. You're welcome.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:58 PM on July 31, 2011 [6 favorites]

Also, reading back through the thread, if you're gonna do anything with smoked salmon, for fuck's sake go all the way and throw on some thin-sliced white onion and some capers.
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:01 PM on July 31, 2011

ernielundquist: "My favorite tactic is to poach an egg or two in something pungent."

Seconded. And do you know all of the things that are fucking delicious with the unctuous yolk of an egg? Sriracha, green chile hot sauce, and oh my god, harissa.
posted by desuetude at 11:33 PM on July 31, 2011

I've started to make savory oatmeal.
1) Oatmeal, scrambled egg swirled in, soy sauce, a bit of hot sauce, cilantro, green onions, avocado ("Asian" Oatmeal)
2) Oatmeal, peanut butter, hot sauce, tiny bit of soy, maybe some shredded carrots, chopped peanuts. ("Thai" Oatmeal)
3) Oatmeal, garam masala, onion, ginger, butter, a bit of shredded coconut ("Indian" Oatmeal)
4) Bulgur with cubed and fried tofu, coconut, soy, fish sauce (tiny bit), scallions. You can also do this with quinoa.
5) Oatmeal, olive oil, leeks, ginger, soy, scallions. Fried egg on top.
6) Farro or quinoa, soft beans, other veggies. Harissa is good here.
7) Grits, Farro, Quinoa or Oatmeal with egg, parmesan, tomato, avocado
8) Fried round of poleta with cottage cheese and tomato, or any number of the above or other veggies
posted by barnone at 1:49 AM on August 1, 2011 [10 favorites]

Another variant on savory grains: Upma
posted by bricoleur at 2:40 AM on August 1, 2011

Heh, you have my breakfast. Except that I have a dash of warm milk in the coffee, and often add sliced (raw) mushrooms to the marmite on toast. At weekends it's more often scrambled eggs (done as slowly as possible) that goes on the marmite on toast.

You could try poached eggs with a really pungent hollandaise sauce, too. This is something I usually let people make for me, partly because I fear that if I start making it myself I'll eat it every day.

I like smoked salmon, too. Lemon juice and capers are good with that, especially if there's cream cheese involved. (If there is, obviously it should be in limited quantities--otherwise it can bland out your breakfast. You know this already, sorry.)
posted by lapsangsouchong at 2:58 AM on August 1, 2011

Breakfast this morning was a chorizo/egg hash washed down with a Bloody Mary. Boo-yah. Getting the necessary ingredients for kedgeree today, along with a LOT more eggs.

Cheers guys!
posted by Chorus at 3:06 AM on August 1, 2011

Eat whatever you like, but wash it down with straight fish sauce.

If that doesn't wake you up...
posted by halfguard at 12:12 PM on August 1, 2011

Late to the party here, but maybe also check out "xian dou jiang." I've only had it a couple of times, but I remember it being delicious and flavorful. It's (unsweetened) soy milk combined with, among other things, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame and chili oils, and dried shrimp. The vinegar curdles the soy milk, so it becomes sort of like a tofu soup. I found a recipe (which I have yet to try) here.

(It's traditional to eat it with fried dough but I imagine toast would be just fine.)
posted by en forme de poire at 2:51 PM on August 1, 2011

What I actually meant to say when I contributed to this thread, but forgot, was this:

A few weeks ago I ended up crashing at a colleague's house after a work thing that went on quite late. When we got in, the colleague made a suggestion for breakfast: spiced octopus. I wholeheartedly agreed that this was a good idea. So colleague got an octopus out of the freezer, blanched it in boiling water for a few minutes, then stuck it in a cast iron pot with some tinned tomatoes and a liberal handful of spices (don't ask me which ones). He then brought this all to the boil before sticking it into a low oven and leaving it overnight.

In the morning, before work, we had spiced octopus on toast for breakfast, with a lively little salad and a bit of tabasco for garnish. This was accompanied by armagnac. It was a weekday morning, so colleague only poured enough to cover the bottom of the glass--enough to give the idea of it. On a weekend morning, getting the reality of it would be even better.

This colleague, already high in my estimation, rose even higher with that breakfast. A man who knows how to live. As a bonus, there was plenty of the tomato sauce left over, now quite reduced: I'm not sure what he did with it in the end, but it would have made a fabulously savoury pasta sauce later in the day.
posted by lapsangsouchong at 3:45 PM on August 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Malaysian breakfasts are traditionally quite savoury.
posted by divabat at 1:39 AM on January 30, 2012

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