Bubble and squeak recipe

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Bubble and squeak is the one of the tastiest ways to use up mash. This easy bubble and squeak recipe sticks to traditional flavours & takes just 10mins prep

Bubble and squeak
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  • healthy
Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories303 Kcal15%
Sugar4.9 g5%
Fat14.7 g21%
Saturated Fat5.8 g29%
Salt0.36 g
Protein10.9 g22%
Carbohydrates33.1 g13%
Salt0.36 g

This bubble and squeak recipe is delicious whether you're making it from scratch or using up leftovers the next day.

Bubble and squeak doesn't have to just be for leftovers after the main meal on Christmas day, it makes a delicious meal at any time of the day. From brunch right through to dinner (opens in new tab) time. It's the perfect recipe to make when you have all that left over mashed potato (opens in new tab) in the fridge from dinner the evening before. Using traditional flavours we've made this recipe easy to follow with classic shredded cabbage (opens in new tab), smooth mashed potatoes and a few peppery spring onions.

This bubble and squeak takes just ten minutes to prep. If you are using ready-made mashed potatoes then you can just skip straight to step two of our recipe. Simple! To take your meal to the next level we've added a delicious smoky egg to the top. A tasty modern twist to this traditional British dish (opens in new tab).

If you're looking for another recipe to help you use up the rest of your leftover Christmas day feast, then why not try our delicious recipe for turkey pie with leeks and mushroom!

Ingredients

  • 600g potatoes, peeled weight, cut into chunks
  • About 30g butter
  • ½ a January King cabbage (about 300g), shredded
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 medium or large eggs
  • Smoked paprika
  • Rocket, to serve

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Method

  1. Boil the potato chunks in just enough water to cover them until tender. Drain well, keeping the cooking water. Put them back in the pan, dry over the heat, add seasoning and half the butter then roughly crush or mash. Spoon into a large bowl.
  2. Bring the cooking water to the boil again, add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes. Drain well and add the cabbage to the mash. Season well.
  3. Heat the rest of the butter (and more if you like it really buttery) with the oil in a frying pan, add the spring onions, fry for a minute then add the mash mix, smoothing it out, and cook until it starts to brown on the bottom. Turn it over in chunks and cook for a few minutes more until golden and squeaking.
  4. While that cooks, and if you want to add the egg, poach them for 2-3 minutes. Spoon the bubble and squeak on to plates and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle with seasoning and paprika. Garnish with rocket and serve with a tomato salad, if you like.
Top Tip for making Bubble and squeak

If you have leftover veg lurking at the back of the fridge, this dish is a great way to use them up.

Bubble and squeak is a traditional dish from the Ireland that made its way to England that gets its name from the noise that the cabbage makes as it cooks -it bubbles, and it squeaks! It most often comprises of potatoes and cabbage however a lot of people like to throw in extra vegetables they may have lying around, for example all the yummy Christmas day leftovers like carrots, peas, and the odd bit of ham or turkey!

Jessica Dady
Jessica Dady

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