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Ketchup or brown sauce?

Nation decides the perfect bacon butty recipe. The theme for the first part of this year has been the Breakfast Sarnie. We love all-sorts of breakfast sarnies but none more so than the ultimate breakfast: The Bacon Sarnie.

Since time in memoriam, the nation has been deeply divided on how to make the ultimate: ultimate.

We all have our preferences, be it sliced bread or a bap; smoked or unsmoked; ketchup or brown sauce. Couples, families and now it seems, towns are pitted against one another. The nation has voted for the perfect bacon butty recipe and brown sauce trumps ketchup!

New research reveals what Britons’ rate as their favourite combination of ingredients to create the ultimate bacon butty. The winning construction is made with white sliced bread (not toasted), smoked bacon and brown sauce.

Interestingly ketchup was rejected as the perfect condiment to accompany bacon. While Jamie Oliver might like to mix brown sauce, ketchup and tabasco to create a gourmet sauce for his perfect bacon butty condiment, the nation disagrees and simple brown sauce is the preferred accompaniment.

Jamie also likes to warm his bread in the oven before serving, but the preference of Tradesmen, Small Businesses and those across the nation is for the bread to be served plain and untoasted (58 per cent). Only 21 per cent of people like their bread warmed or toasted for a butty.

While the Government is keen to promote wholegrain bread and healthy eating, when it comes to bacon butties, white sliced bread trumps all other options. A quarter (25 per cent) of Britons say the perfect butty is made with bacon sandwiched between slices of white sliced bread, while 21 per cent rate a white bap as the best option. Just 6 per cent voted for brown bread as their top option. Other options included stotties, sourdough, tiger bread and even Belgian waffles.

The research identifies a clear East-West divide when it comes to ketchup or brown sauce in a butty. Those in the East of England and the patriotic Welsh prefer their butty with tomato ketchup, while those in the West of England go for a brown sauce.

Regional preferences for the perfect bacon butty

Region Perfect bacon butty recipe

London

White sliced bread, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and brown sauce

Wales

White bap, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and ketchup

Scotland

White sliced bread, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and brown sauce

East

White sliced bread, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and ketchup

East Midlands

White bap, untoasted with smoked bacon and ketchup

North East

White sliced bread, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and ketchup

North West

White sliced bread, untoasted with smoked bacon and brown sauce

South East

White sliced bread, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and ketchup

South West

White sliced bread, untoasted with smoked bacon and brown sauce

West Midlands

White sliced bread, untoasted with smoked bacon and brown sauce

Yorkshire and The Humber

White bap, untoasted with unsmoked bacon and ketchup

Source: Direct Line for Business

While Brits generally prefer their butties unadorned with anything but bacon and sauce, when they do add additional ingredients eggs are the clear winner. The research showed that to get some variety in their butty, bacon butty fans are most likely to create a ‘bacon banjo,’ - a bacon and egg sarnie.

Why is it called a banjo? Well, imagine tucking into a bacon and egg sarnie. When you bite into the sarnie the runny egg yolk drips out of the back of the sarnie, down your front. When you notice this you instinctively hold the sandwich to the side in one hand and rub the eggy stain with the other. Just like playing a banjo!

If Brits are going to change up their butty 31 per cent would add an egg, while 17 per cent would add mushrooms and 14 per cent would layer on cheese. Some of the more unusual butty preferences revealed by the research include adding lightly fried banana and avocado.

The story (and indeed the research) comes from an insurance company called Direct Line for Business.


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