How to make bubble and squeak

This is a childhood favourite of mine and a great way to use up leftover vegetables. Don’t be put off by the rather strange name – it doesn’t often live up to it!
If you over-cater on the cooked veg this is a very tasty and warming way to dish them up the next day. The bedrock is mashed potato and then it is most often done with cabbage as the second ingredient – but you can fling in whatever is going.

Here’s how

  1. Mix your leftover mash in a bowl with the cabbage, or other vegs and add seasoning to taste.
  2. Heat some oil in a frying pan (it used to be lard but I am afraid I never have that in the house) and put the potato-cabbage mix in, flattening it against the base of the pan.
  3. The mixture may start to bubble and squeak – but all you have to do is give it time to go brown on the underside, before flipping it over. Aim to get a nice brown crust on it.

You can serve this like a hash brown with a cooked breakfast, or have it for lunch with some cold meat (maybe left over from the joint?) and pickle or brown sauce. There’s nowt like it!
Related links
How to make potato cakes from leftover mash
Top tips for cooking with leftovers

One Response to “How to make bubble and squeak”

  • Clare O'Brien

    Ah – that takes me back to Mondays when we’d have cold cuts from the Sunday joint and bubble & squeak – though often the cabbage was replaced by carrots / peas etc. Sometimes, it was simply down to spuds alone. I still love left over cooked veg. Try bulking out mixed cooked veg with some cooked rice and a fried onion and top with grated cheese. bake in the oven for an incredibly tasty and astonishingly cheap and nutritious meal.