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A Great Way To Use Leftovers

Updated on March 6, 2013

Bubble And Squeak

Leftovers in my house are always in abundance, cluttering the fridge with cling-filmed plates and open tins balancing on yogurt pots, just waiting for me to knock them over.

Mostly though, the hounds get all of what's left over from our plates. Sunday in the cooler months we revert back to our traditional Sunday diners and with this plenty of leftovers in the pans, usually mash potatoes, swede, peas and carrots, sometimes cabbage or sprouts.

There is no specific recipe for Bubble and Squeak, it is simply vegetable leftovers from an English-style Sunday dinner.

In Ireland Bubble and Squeak is referred to as Colcannon made with mash, onion, cabbage or Kale, and the Scottish name for a similar dish is Rumbledethumps.

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Bubble and Squeak


Monday evening in my home, as a child, brought with it a familiar smell and reminded me that we were going to have my favourite, Bubble and Squeak, leftovers from the Sunday before. This was a favourite because it meant that we would also be having something like fishcakes and baked beans with plenty of bread and butter. This also meant that we weren't having any of those foods we as children really disliked.

I'm not saying my mother was a bad cook, on the contrary, it's just that she catered more to the tastes of my father and an archaic 1950's meat and two veg.

If "it doesn't have meat it's not a meal theory" we as children preferred chips or fish fingers, and spaghetti from a tin. Instead of boiled to death vegetables and a grey looking pieces of meat with gravy the colour and thickness of dishwater, but who dare complain? I'm wincing now as I write, let me add that was in the late seventies and like everything else from that era eventually things seemed to brighten and improve.

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  • 5 tbsp butter or olive oil.
  • ½ cup onionfinely chopped.
  • 1 garlic clove crushed.
  • Mashed potato.
  • swede
  • cabbage
  • peas
  • carrots
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Chop the vegetables.
  2. Sauté the onions and garlic in a large frying pan with the butter or olive oil until soft.
  3. Turn up the heat and add the vegetables and mash potatoes.
  4. The aim is to heat everything and brown the outside without burning.
  5. Press the mixture down with a spatula and flip the large patty that has formed adding the butter or olive oil.
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Bubble and Squeak - Without the egg

Serve with hot mushy peas mixed with mint sauce and vinegar


Have you ever tried Bubble and Squeak?

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    • kabbalah lm profile image

      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      No never heard of it until now

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      6 years ago

      Yes! and I LOVE it !!

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      ae dc 

      6 years ago

      great personal lens with a personal touch. *bookmarked and blessed*

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      6 years ago

      No yet but I will as soon as possible. I agree with you that leftovers usually taste better the next day. Especially the Indian curries.

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      Mark Shearman 

      6 years ago from Alicante Spain

      @sunlightseer: Now we are talking delicious!

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      6 years ago

      I don't know Bubble and Squeak but I too like pan fried potatoes mixed with veggies and I usually add a fried or poached egg on top. YUMMO

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      6 years ago

      I don't call it that but I love frying up left over potato and other vegetables. The kids love it too!

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      6 years ago

      Not yet, but let me tell you something, I always find that leftovers taste great the following day.

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      6 years ago

      I have not tried Bubble and Squeak, and, I'm realizing now, have been completely wrong about the nature of the dish for decades. Somehow, and I have no idea where I got this idea, I thought Bubble and Squeak was a deeply meat-bound dish. What a pleasant surprise! I even have Mt. Leftovers teetering atop -- you guessed it-- the yogurt at the moment.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I have--it's what I do with leftovers sometimes, but I never knew it was Bubble & Squeak.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      I haven't heard of or tried Bubble and Squeak before but I will definitely try it since I sometimes have the leftover ingredients needed.

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      6 years ago

      So funny, we seem to have the same problem with leftovers! In the end I just get tired of them and throw them away (since they usually don't taste too good after a few days), but it's a waste.

      I'll definitely try this recipe. Thanks.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Of course it is a good old British staple and it dates back to well before your time, my granny used to make it and I'm sure so did hers!


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