Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those visiting the blog over the Christmas period. I thought I might see some of you here, looking for recipe ideas for Christmas dinner leftovers so I hope my first recipe for bubble and squeak doesn’t disappoint.
If your family is anything like mine you ordered and cooked way too much food yesterday and you now get the fun task of coming up with inventive new ways of using up those cold cuts of meat and wilted vegetables. This recipe isn’t exactly new but it is seriously tasty.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…how can wilted vegetables live up to the amazing turkey feast you had on Christmas day? By being mashed and fried of course!!! A poached egg on top helps too.
This is my recipe for classic Bubble and Squeak:
- 6 leftover roast potatoes
- 2 cups of assorted leftover vegetables
- A small pack of lardons, leftover turkey or ham (optional)
- Little vegetable oil to fry
- Tip the leftover vegetables into a large bowl and mash well with a potato masher.
- There should be enough potato to bind the mix together.
- Fry off the lardons with the oil in a large frying pan.
- When they are golden brown spread the potato and vegetable mix over them to create a large potato cake.
- Push down firmly with the back of your spoon and allow to cook for 5 mins on a high heat until a crust has formed.
- Once the underside has cooked, carefully flip the potato cake over and cook for another 5 mins until piping hot and a crust has formed.
- Serve with cold meats and chutneys.
I had planned to include some facts about the dish, the origins of bubble and squeak and where bubble and squeak gets its name but its boxing day so I think instead I’ll let you get back in the kitchen.
I hope you are having a fantastic festive period, however and whatever you celebrate. I’ll be sharing more leftover recipes in the run up to the new year (yay for being able to schedule posts) so do pop back if you get a chance!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
PS. Still wondering why is bubble and squeak called bubble and squeak? It’s because of the noises it makes while it cooks!