Bubble and Squeak..

Every week is the same…….Left Over Veggies…What does that mean?… Oh yeah, Bubble and Squeak!Yummy!  Enjoy!

Originally in the 18th Century, it was made from fried beef and cabbage now it’s lost the beef part and is potatoes and leftover vegetables from the Roast Dinner.

One of the first references of the dish was from a said surprising source  Thomas Bridges ” A burlesque translation of Homer” 1770:

” We, therefore, cooked him up a dish Of lean Bull-Beef, with cabbage fry’d… Bubble they call this dish, and squeak”

It is so called due to it bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.

By the late 40’s it had lost the meat and was just leftover potatoes and veggies, possible from enforced wartime rationing.

This change was put into print in the 1950 edition of The Good Housekeeping, Home Encyclopedia.

Information source: 

This dish has been a family favourite from leftover potatoes, cabbage, sprouts and other veggies for as long as I can remember.



Now I am introducing it to Asia as a lot of my many friends who hail from all over the world… Love it!

Let’s Cook!

I hope you do too…..So just mash your leftover potatoes and vegetables together, form a pattie and fry in a little olive oil and butter until nicely browned or as I  did yesterday because we had a few people over we put them on a baking tray and drizzled olive oil over them and cooked in the oven turning halfway through cooking.

Serve with cold meats, salad and whatever else you fancy…A fried or poached egg ?… My American friend had brown sauce, some had tomato ketchup and other mustard… Add a bit of bacon although that is coming away from the original one my mum used to make…But hey Ho..Do your own thing xx


Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend 🙂 xx




20 thoughts on “Bubble and Squeak..

  1. Pingback: CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 10th -16th April 2022-Monday Musings, A-Z World Cuisine, Canada , Food Review “Spring Cleaning” and Saturday Snippets where “Squeak” is my prompt. | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Pingback: Saturday Snippets…16th April 2022…Todays prompt is “Squeak” | Retired? No one told me!

  3. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Friday Food Reviews…Cabbage…Do you eat your #Greens? | Retired? No one told me!

  4. Pingback: Boxing Day 2020…Turkey Sandwiches and Bubble and Squeak! | Retired? No one told me!

  5. dgkaye

    Ahaaaa, I’ve heard of Bubble and Squeak but didn’t know what it was. Brilliant! That’s what I’m going to try for my next round of leftovers! OH,. made the red cabbage the other day. It was divine!!! 🙂 xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  6. CarolCooks2 Post author

    Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:

    Leftovers…we all have them but what do we do with them? Put them in the bin( trash) in the dog, Well in my kitchen we do not waste anything and this recipe is a very old one and you can add what you like but the motto is….Waste not want not…Do you know how much food is thrown away every year? Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.
    That is horrendous and based on that….NO ONE should starve in the world …The fact is they still do…So do your bit and make your motto waste not want not!


    1. blondieaka Post author

      So did I..waste not want not my dad always said..lol…But it is tasty and generally for us a once a year treat…I don’t know why at Christmas I always overdo the veg..although I suppose with all the other stuff we cook I should know btter by now. But then we wouldn’t get Bubble and Squeak would we?


Comments are closed.