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Bubble and Squeak Recipe

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Bubble and Squeak Recipe
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Bubble and Squeak as seen here in this Bubble and Squeak recipe is the name for fried left-over vegetables from Sunday Lunch. Traditionally it would be eaten on a Monday for lunch or dinner with a fried egg, bacon, or meat leftovers. There is no specific recipe it is simply a way of using up whatever you have left from dinner. One main component is mashed potatoes which is the glue holding all the other vegetables together and often, but not always cabbage.

Bubble and Squeak is also known as Bubble or Fry. In Ireland Colcannon is made from mashed potatoes, cabbage or Kale and onion and similar to Bubble and Squeak as is Rumbledethumps in Scotland.

Watch How to Make Bubble and Squeak with Elaine Lemm

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • Leftover mashed potato
  • Any leftover vegetables, cabbage, swede, carrots, peas, Brussels Sprouts, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fried bacon pieces (optional)


  • In a large frying pan melt the butter, add the chopped onion and fry gently for 3 mins or until soft.
  • Turn the heat up slightly and add the mashed potato and vegetables. Fry for 10 mins turning over in the melted butter two or three times ensuring the potato and vegetables are thoroughly reheated plus you are aiming to brown the outside edges but not to burn the bubble and squeak.
  • Press the potato mixture on to the base of the pan with a spatula and leave to cook for 1 min. Flip over and repeat.
  • Serve.

An alternative is to mix the potato and vegetables and form into small patties then fry as above.

Bubble and squeak makes a lovely lunch with a fried egg on top.
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 5 out of 5
This Recipe is Right!, Member Maryelley

In defense of the Bubble and Squeak recipes, Elaine Lemm is right, here is no true recipe and there is no way that it must have cabbage in it. I am born and bred in England and bubble was a common lunch on a MOnday when I was growing up and it really is whatever was left over. I still make it most weeks, it is delicious.

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