Breakfast roll

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Breakfast roll
Type Sandwich
Region or state Ireland
Main ingredients Bread roll; filling, such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes; tomato sauce or brown sauce
Cookbook: Breakfast roll  Media: Breakfast roll

The breakfast roll (Irish: rollóg bhricfeasta) is a bread roll filled with elements of a traditional fry, designed to be eaten on the way to school or work. It can be purchased at a wide variety of petrol stations, local newsagents, supermarkets, and eateries throughout Ireland and also the United Kingdom.[1][2][3]


A breakfast roll typically consists of a bread roll or baguette containing one or more fillings such as sausages, bacon, white or black pudding, butter, mushrooms, tomatoes and tomato sauce or brown sauce. In some cases a hash brown or fried egg can be added. The roll itself is usually one of three varieties: a soft "submarine"-type roll, a chunky, spherical dinner roll or a demi-baguette. The demi-baguettes are distributed to shops partially baked and frozen, allowing stores to quickly bake the bread for a "freshly baked" roll. An "all-day breakfast" sandwich featuring some or all of the above ingredients in a traditional sandwich of sliced bread may be used instead.

Popular culture[edit]

The popularity of the breakfast roll (and novelty songs) in Ireland led to the song "Jumbo Breakfast Roll" by comedian Pat Shortt, which reached number one in the Irish music charts and remained there for six weeks.[citation needed] The song was number 11 on the Irish chart list of best selling songs of the 2000s.[4]

It has been argued that the breakfast roll became a national dish in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger economic boom of the 1990s and 2000s, becoming synonymous with "Breakfast Roll Man", the archetypal sub-contractor who was busy with construction work and needed sustenance on the move, before the bursting of the Irish property bubble in the late 2000s.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McWilliams, David (22 October 2009). "David McWilliams' Follow the Money: David McWilliams Ireland 2". Gill & Macmillan Ltd – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Heather Arndt (11 July 2013). "Breakfast: A History". AltaMira Press – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ McWilliams, David (11 January 2011). "The Pope's Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland's New Elite". John Wiley & Sons – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Jan Battles (2010-01-10). "Six makes hit of the decade". The Sunday Times. News International. Retrieved 2010-01-10. It also shows the popularity of novelty comedy songs, which the Irish public always appear to have a bit of a thing for, such as Jumbo Breakfast Roll by Pat Shortt at number 11. 
  5. ^ Share, Perry (20 May 2011). "The Rise and Fall of the Jumbo Breakfast Roll: How a Sandwich Survived the Decline of the Irish Economy". Sociological Research Online. 16 (2). Retrieved 16 September 2014.