How to Make Bubble and Squeak

by candy47

Bubble and Squeak got its name from the sound it makes while cooking, it's an interesting way to use leftovers too.

I had never heard of Bubble and Squeak until I was watching television one evening and someone on the show mentioned having it for dinner. I don't remember what show it was but it could have been an episode of Frasier...not sure. Anyway, I liked the name so I did a bit of research and learned it's a British dish made mostly from leftovers from Sunday dinner. I like the idea of using leftovers, it means anything goes. Bubble and Squeak can be entirely vegetarian or you can add meat, it's easily customized to personal taste or to whatever leftovers are in the fridge. It's a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of dish, and the best part is it's made in only one frying pan. Below is my version of Bubble and Squeak.

All photos by Candy Dorsey © 2016

Side Dish or Main Course

I made this Bubble and Squeak as a vegetable side dish to be served with a main course. (just a little bacon for flavor). You can add meat, chicken or fish to make a nice main course. The key word is 'leftovers', use what you have.

I liked this dish so much, I intend to experiment with a variety of ingredients.

Ingredients and Preparation

Ingredients and Preparation

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Prep time 15 min  -  Total time 30 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
4 slices uncooked bacon  • 1/2 small onion diced  • 1 clove garlic minced  • 6 asparagus spears, cooked and cut into 1 inch pieces  • 1 cup raw cabbage sliced thin  • 1/2 cup frozen peas  • 2 cups mashed potatoes  • Salt and pepper to taste added during cooking

Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces. If you freeze raw bacon it's easy to cut. Put into a 10 or 12 inch skillet over medium/low heat.


Dice the onion and mince garlic. Add to bacon in skillet.


Add cooked asparagus and sliced raw cabbage. Stir to combine and separate cabbage. Cook for about 6 minutes or until cabbage wilts. Stirring often.


Add frozen peas and stir some more. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.


Spread mashed potatoes over the top and gently press down with a spatula. Continue cooking, still on medium to low heat, for about 2 or 3 minutes more. Mashed potatoes will set all the other ingredients.
Cut into wedges directly from the pan or slide the Bubble and Squeak onto a serving dish then slice into wedges.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (1 Votes)

Cast Iron or Non-Stick

Bubble and Squeak does hold up to its name during cooking. It bubbles and squeaks!

As you can see from the pictures, I used a cast iron skillet and served directly from it.

Cast iron is my favorite choice for making Bubble and Squeak but if that's not for you, a nice non-stick pan might be just right.

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Updated: 08/21/2016, candy47
 
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candy47 on 06/15/2016

Using one skillet for every step makes clean-up easy. You'll love it Mira!

Mira on 06/15/2016

I love the cabbage and potato combo. I'll try doing this in a skillet, too. :D

frankbeswick on 06/12/2016

I love my soup making machine. No vegetable gardener should be without one.

candy47 on 06/12/2016

I've never heard of a soup making machine, I had to look it up.

frankbeswick on 06/12/2016

I make a point of re-using leftovers. Sometimes I simply eat them, but at others I put them in the soup making machine along with allotment vegetables and spices.

candy47 on 06/11/2016

Same here Angela, I never waste food. This was new to me and I love it. The possibilities are endless.

AngelaJohnson on 06/11/2016

I've heard of Bubble and Squeak but never have made it. My leftovers never go to waste - I always think of some way to use them.

candy47 on 06/11/2016

Thank you Veronica. I don't let any food go to waste and this is a perfect recipe for leftovers.

Veronica on 06/11/2016

Bubble and squeak is a well known British dish . It is hugely popular here. I have an Irish variation on my Irish recipe page on Wizzley. The Irish version is called Colcannon and I added a picture there.
https://wizzley.com/balnamoon-skink-a...

It is a dish that again comes out of British/ Irish poverty. Nothing could be wasted. I love eating left overs. In the NW England it would be just mashed potatoes, cabbage and fried onion mixed together and fried over. Delicious with ham .

Thank you for posting this lovely page.

candy47 on 06/09/2016

This was my first attempt at making Bubble and Squeak. I simply used what I had in the fridge. I like recipes that are versatile and forgiving!


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