Thursday, 24 December 2009

Bubble and squeak

Bubble and squeak is a prime example of British thriftiness in cooking in that it uses leftover vegetables and potatoes from the traditional Sunday roast. The name probably comes from the initially boiling of the potatoes and vegetables (bubbling), and then from the panfrying that produce the squeaking noises (not that I've really heard the squeaks very much myself!). Given that there are bound to be plenty of leftovers from the Christmas dinner, this is another good way of dealing with the leftovers on Boxing Day (or beyond!).

The primary ingredient is mashed potatoes, comprising between 50 to 75 percent of the dish (you can vary the proportions to taste), and vegetables, traditionally cabbage. You can also use any leftover vegetables that you have at hand, e.g. carrots, brussel sprouts, peas, broccoli, cauliflower. You can even add some grated cheese or chopped up onion into the mix for added flavour.

The list of ingredients I have below are just what I had after a Sunday roast. Just use whatever you have or add more potatoes or vegetables (always handy to have a bag of frozen peas) as long as you end of with a mixture of about 50 percent or more potatoes. I also added some chopped up parsley that I had in the fridge.

Ingredients (all leftovers, no real guide to portions!):

Cooked potatoes (roast or boiled), mashed
Cooked brussel sprouts, finely chopped
Cooked carrots, finely chopped
Cooked peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil or butter for cooking


1. Mix all potatoes and vegetables in a large container. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Bubble and squeak

2. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil or a small knob of butter on medium-high heat. Either form the potato mixture into little patties (a bit more work) or just ladle some into the pan and use your spatula/wooden spoon to roughly form into a large patty.

3. Pan fry for 3-4 minutes until the bottom of the patty is golden brown. Flip it over and pan fry the other side for a few minutes. Repeat until all the potato mixture is used up.

Bubble and squeak

I like eating this with ketchup, or reheated leftover gravy (I don't throw much away, not even gravy!). Bubble and squeak is traditionally served with slices of leftover cold meat from Sunday roast (e.g. chicken, beef, pork...). Alternatively, you can chop up the leftover meat and mix them in with the potatoes and vegetables and fry up the lot in one go. Bubble and squeak also makes a good breakfast dish, perhaps accompanied with poached or fried eggs (rather like a hash). Feel free to use your imagination and whatever you have in the fridge.

For those of you celebrating, have a very happy Christmas, enjoy the festivities and all best wishes for the new year ahead.


Jenn said...

I've heard the term but never knew exactly what bubble and squeak was. After reading this post, I want to do a Sunday roast just so I can have leftovers to make this. Looks delicious!

mook said...

i've never heard the term bubble ans squeak before. great name for what I call veggie patty!

Anonymous said...

Firstly, congratulations to you and your husband!

I've been reading your blog the past year and do enjoy your recipes very much. Bubble and Squeak is favourite of ours.

Cheers, Kathy

Little Corner of Mine said...

Interesting name for potato patty. Bubble and Squeak, I would have never thought that it's a name of a dish.

Mrs Ergül said...

How fun!

Token (Bento-Lunch-Blog) said...

omg thx so much for this cool recipe!!! And very cool photos, too! :D

Nilmandra said...

Yup, it is pretty much a veggie/potato patty. But it's the origin and name of the dish that makes it so interesting :)

Lizzie said...

I love bubble & squeak. We always use leftover roasted potatoes, all mashed up as the crispy bits in there.

Anonymous said...

When you're frying (fresh) cabbage, you can get some funny squeaky sounds when pushing the cabbage into the pan... :)

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