used to think that everyone ate Bubble & Squeak, using left-over vegetables from the Sunday Roast. It was a regular treat for tea on Mondays when I was growing up but a few years ago, I decided to make a large tray of this tasty mash-up for a winter party and was stunned to find that none of my local friends knew what it was. Maybe it’s a regional dish: certainly, all my London friends love it and refer to it affectionately as “a bit of bubble!”
Anyway, the thing is, Bubble & Squeak is far too tasty to not share with everyone. So if you’ve not made it thus far, do please rustle some up this Boxing Day using all the leftover veggies from your Christmas lunch. Or if you don’t have leftovers – just cook up some more veg.
The most important vegetables to use are potatoes and something green, like Brussels sprouts or cabbage and an onion. As well as those essential ingredients you can add carrots, parsnips, peas etc.
This dish makes a scrummy breakfast when topped with a poached egg but we always have it with cold turkey and gammon and pickles for lunch on Boxing Day.
Here’s what you do:
- Store all of your leftover veggies in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
- Heat a slug of oil and a large knob of butter in a large frying pan. Be careful not to burn the butter.
- Chop an onion then cook it gently in a frying pan until it is soft but not brown.
- Add all the cold, cooked vegetables to the pan then mash and mix them together.
- Cook over a low heat for about 20 minutes, checking regularly that the bottom is not burning. Then turn it all over and mix it all into itself. The idea is to get at much of it as possible crispy but not burnt.
- I usually finish it off by dropping small blobs of butter on the top then popping it under a hot grill for a couple of minutes until it is beautifully browned.
That’s all there is to it!
If you want to make a lot for a party, you can do this in a big roasting pan in the oven but it will take much longer.
You can vary Bubble & Squeak by adding garlic or bacon or anything you want really.
Oh and don’t forget a big dollop of brown sauce!