CarolCooks2…Today in my kitchen…Bubble & Squeak…

Boxing Day or the days after Christmas up until after the New Year actually only mean one thing – leftovers!!

Let’s face it, many people prepare way too much food for Christmas Day and end up eating it for the next week! Turkey curry, turkey pies and the famous turkey sandwich.

The only way to eat a Turkey sandwich is the Jamie O way……it looks absolutely delicious…

Yum, looking forward to it already – But hang on what about the sprouts?

Bubble and Squeak...there is nothing like some bubble and squeak topped with a poached egg…ketchup or a dollop of horseradish cream…I’m sure many of you have your own favourite topping…

Love them or hate them – millions of Brussels sprouts will have been served across Britain this week as part of the traditional Christmas dinner.

The controversial vegetables face a massive journey to provide the nation with more than 100 million sprouts on Christmas Day…However, there were even sprouts here this year…so I will be joining the millions of others and enjoying my bubble and squeak…

Originally in the 18th Century, Bubble and Squeak 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.

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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 I did…Just put them on a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over them and cook in the oven turning halfway through cooking.

Serve with cold meats, salmon smoked or otherwise, salad and whatever else you fancy…A fried or poached egg ?… My American friend had brown sauce on hers, some had tomato ketchup and others mustard… serve with your bacon and eggs… Just do your own thing xx


Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, as always I look forward to your comments… you know I love to chat!


40 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Today in my kitchen…Bubble & Squeak…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hope you had a wonderful time, Pete…thank you for dropping in…Yep Bubble & Squeak is a great British tradition for using up leftovers…Happy New Year to you and yours, Pete x

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  3. Lucinda E Clarke

    That’s what we had tonight with leftovers, though I added some Mrs Ball’s chutney to the mix. Sadly it neither bubbled nor squeaked and DH said it rated zero for presentation but it tasted amazing!

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  4. beetleypete

    I was never a fan of bubble and squeak. But I had to eat it as a child, or go hungry. Ever since moving out of my parental home, not one morsel of it has passed my lips! 🙂
    (And that is well over 50 years ago…)
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, John I hope you enjoy… 😊.. I will look forward to the recipes that you try, John.. By the way I recieved Gastro Obscura for Christmas and am loving the read..


  5. olganm

    I’ve tried it in the UK, but I am sure we can adapt it and make our own version, especially because my mother and I eat a lot of vegetables, so plenty of occasions to have a go. Stay well, Carol, and have a lovely new year. Best to your family as well.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I’m sure you can, Olga it would be interesting to know what your version is …Thank you for your good wishes…:) x…I wish for good health and a peaceful New Year for you and your family 🙂 x


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