Bubble and squeak

Bubble and squeak is one of those very traditional British recipes, often eaten on a Monday when there were leftover potatoes and greens from the Sunday roast. Its creamy tastiness contrasts gorgeously with its golden crispy bits, and served with a poached egg it’s the comfort food of dreams.
  • Serves
    Depends!
  • Prep
    5 mins
  • Cook
    10 mins
  • Difficulty
    Easy
Ingredients
  • any quantity of leftover mashed or boiled potato
  • the same quantity (volume-wise) of cooked leafy greens such as cabbage or sprouts
  • chopped onion – optional
  • slice of butter and v small glug of olive oil for frying
  • sea salt
Instructions
Lightly fry the finely chopped onion if using.

Finely chop the greens and mix with the cold cooked potatoes – add the onion now if you’re using it – add a pinch of sea salt.

Heat the butter an oil in a heavy frying pan until melted but not smoking and tip in the potato mixture.

Press it down into a ‘cake’ using a metal spatula and fry until brown.

Carefully turn it, you can do this by putting a plate ver the top of the pan and upturning the bubble and squeak onto it, then slide it back into the pan.

Fry that side until brown – you want nice golden brown bits all over it.

Serve with a poached egg and grinding of black pepper.
Nutrition info
Potatoes' biggest claim to fame is their vitamin B6, which is used throughout the body for cell formation, and that's a pretty big task. B6 is also a key player in nerve and brain function, as well as gene expression. Spuds are also pretty rich in vitamin C, which isn't only good for immunity but plays a strong part in forming and maintaining healthy connective tissue and skin.

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, the same as cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts, cruciferous vegetables provide particularly significant health benefits. One of cabbage's great features is its anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation happens inside the body as a result of poor food, alcohol, smoking, pollution, stress, lack of sleep and generally poor lifestyle choices. It's a precursor to so many diseases and conditions. Certain foods have strong anti-inflammatory effects and we should eat them often, "Eat your greens." is very sensible advice!

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What I say is if a man really likes potatoes he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
A. A. Milne
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