Food - Leftovers

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


There is one comment

  1. Posted by Clare O'Brien on July 20, 2009 at 7:37am

    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.

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