Have you a Recipe for Bubble and Squeak

In my childhood Boxing Day meant cold turkey and bubble and squeak! Today bubble and squeak has moved on from a way of using leftovers to a recipe in itself and can be found in top restaurants at huge prices.

Bubble and squeak is an old traditional English dish that was made with the leftover vegetables from a Sunday dinner and served with pickles; it got its name from the bubbling and squeaking noises as the vegetables were cooking in the frying pan.

The main ingredients in this dish are potato and cabbage, but any other vegetables can be added and the traditional Boxing Day version almost always contained Brussels sprouts (because don’t we ALWAYS cook too many sprouts every year!). Today you can even buy Bubble and Squeak frozen or chilled in supermarkets; my old granny would be amazed at this!

Bubble and Squeak can be made into a more substantial meal by adding cooked bacon or ham. It is certainly a really good way of getting the children to eat their ‘greens’. It is a really easy dish to make and the fact that you are using leftovers makes this dish economical and quick to make.

I have two recipes for Bubble and Squeak which I’d like to share, first the traditional one that I have grown up with, the second is my Christmas Bubble and Squeak which is a great lunch recipe for a lunch using up the vegetables from Christmas and made into a light lunch recipe.

BUBBLE & SQUEAK

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or if you want to be really traditional use beef dripping)

1 medium onion, skinned and finely chopped

450 g potatoes, cooked and mashed

225 g cooked cabbage, finely chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

1. Mix together the potato, cabbage and onion and season to taste.

2. Take tablespoons of the mixture and shape into round cakes.

3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) until smoking.

4. Fry the patties to a crisp golden brown on both sides.

CHRISTMAS BUBBLE & SQUEAK

Serves 4

 INGREDIENTS

400g potatoes cooked and crushed

200g Brussels sprouts, cooked and roughly chopped

4 eggs

2 small onions sliced

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or if you want to be really traditional use beef dripping)

METHOD

1. Mix together the potato, sprouts and onion and season to taste.

2. Take tablespoons of the mixture and shape into round cakes.

3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) until smoking.

4. Fry the patties to a crisp golden brown on both sides.

5. Keep warm in a low oven while you poach the eggs.

6. Poach and drain the egg, then top each patty with a poached egg and serve.

Bubble and Squeak is so tasty that its worth cooking too many potatoes and vegetables just so that you can make it the next day!

Source:
1. Bubble and squeak
2. Cantaloupe vs. Honeydew
3. Bubble & squeak | BBC Good Food

Image Credit
www.mycookinghut.com

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