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How to Make Bubble and Squeak from Leftover Vegetables

Updated on July 19, 2015
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I've been cooking family meals for over 50 years. Before becoming a lawyer, I worked in my family's restaurant & briefly helped to run it

Bubble and Squeak is a Quick and Easy Recipe

Bubble and Squeak is a traditional British dish which is a surprisingly tasty way of using up all the vegetables left over from your Sunday roast dinner.

Not only is Bubble and Squeak delicious, but it is particularly satisfying to know that you have been able to use up food which would otherwise have been thrown away, if, like me, you do try to avoid wasting food.

A Plate of Bubble and Squeak

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What is Bubble and Squeak?

Basically, it's a mixed vegetable fry-up, using cooked root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, swedes and turnips, together with cooked greens and onions. Even strong-tasting vegetables like Brussels sprouts and broccoli can be used, as well as a variety of cabbage and other greens.

Bubble and squeek is definitely a beginners' recipe.

Bubble and Squeak Vegetables

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How do You Eat Bubble and Squeek?

Sometimes it is eaten as an accompaniment to a fry-up breakfast. This might be:

  • bacon and egg, or
  • bacon, egg, and sausage
  • bacon, egg, sausage and tomato
  • bacon, egg, sausage, and baked beans
  • bacon, sausage, tomato and baked beans.

All of these are delicious with bubble and squeek.

Sometimes bubble and squeek is eaten as an accompaniment to a main meal. For instance:

  • Sausage, egg and chips
  • Liver
  • Chops
  • Cold slices of meat

And don't forget, you can eat Bubble and Squeek on its own


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Cook Time for Bubble and Squeek

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Eat as a meal on its own or as an accompaniment

Equipment Needed for Making Bubble and Squeak

  • Masher like the one on the right (but you can use a fork if you haven't got a masher)
  • Large Frying Pan, preferably non-stick
  • Spatula or Turner (non-scratch if you are using a non-stick pan

Ingredients for Bubble and Squeek

  • Potatoes, You need at least 50% potato or root vegetables, so you may need to cook an extra potato or two
  • Other root vegetables, (optional - it's just as nice without them)
  • Greens, any type
  • Onions, (optional)
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive oil, (you can use other cooking oil, but olive oil is the healthiest)

Mashed Vegetables for Bubble and Squeak

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Instructions for Making Bubble and Squeek

  1. Mash all the cooked vegetables together. there should be about 50% root vegetables, and 50% greens, with or without onion. If there aren't enough potatoes, cook some more.
  2. Heat up two tablespoons of olive oil in the frying pan, and then add all of the mixture to the frying pan, squashing it down to spread it out. Fry it gently for about 10 minutes, making sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan, by running the lifter under the mixture. Then turn the mixture over, add the rest of the olive oil to the base of the frying pan (lifting the mixture a bit at a time to enable the oil to completely cover the pan base). Fry it until the bottom is crispy, making sure that it doesn't stick to the bottom by running the lifter under the mixture.
  3. Serve on plates, as an accompaniment to other food, or on its own.

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      Bonsie007 4 years ago

      Can't wait to use my leftovers for this! Thank you!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from London

      I'm sire you'll enjoy your bubble

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      Rhonda 3 years ago

      I have never tried this, but it sounds great. I'll try it the next time that I have some veggies left over!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from London

      Enjoy!

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      Sylvia 3 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      How interesting! A wonderful way to use up those leftover veggies; I really have to try this! Thank you!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I had not heard of Bubble and Squeek, but I do do this with leftovers.

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      Bren Hall 21 months ago from England

      Diana, sometimes you have spelled Squeak as Squeek and it looks odd :) As a Brit we always had this for dinner on Mondays to accompany the cold meat left over from Sunday's roast. Delicious with pickles and chutneys.

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      Kathryn Grace 21 months ago from San Francisco

      I learned to do this with mashed potatoes when I was a kid, and have often added other leftovers, but I never knew about Bubble and Squeak, and I've not made a mash of our leftover roasted veggies like this before. Looks marvelous! Going to give it a try next time I have some extra goodies in the fridge. Thank you.

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