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Country Breakfast With Tea


Some people think of country breakfast foods, such as fried eggs and bacon, as "coffee foods," but they can pair with tea just as well.
An image of baked eggs with smoked sausage and tomatoes.

Baked eggs, smoked sausage and tomatoes give this dish a bold flavor that pairs well with the Chinese smoked black tea Lapsang Souchong.

Diana Rattray, About.com Guide to Southern Food
So-called "country breakfasts" or "farmers' breakfasts" (meals with foods like scrambled or fried eggs, bacon or sausage, oven or home fries, biscuits or toast, hash brown or grits, and the like) are often washed down with coffee, but they're also delicious with tea. Generally speaking, strong black teas are your best bet, but there are a range of teas that can be eaten with hearty breakfast foods like these.

Strong black teas, such as Assams, Ceylons and Kenyans, are an easy pairing for greasy, diner-style breakfasts. Add milk or sugar if desired.

Full-flavored country breakfasts that include foods like smoked bacon or ham, fruit preserves or spicy grits are great with flavored teas, like Lapsang Souchong or Earl Grey. They can also work with black teas that have been blended with fruit, or with some full-flavored Rooibos blends. An example of this is the Baked Eggs With Smoked Sausage and Tomatoes (pictured above) with Lapsang Souchong.

Milder meals go well with Darjeeling, Qimen (Keemun) or Nilgiri black teas, Gunpowder greens, Genmaimatcha or Milk Oolong.
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