Friday, December 2, 2016

Bubble and Squeak

I had never heard of Bubble and Squeak until I was watching a rerun of the sitcom Frasier, and Daphne the British physical therapist for Martin made it for dinner.
I learned it's a British dish made entirely from leftovers, so anything goes. It can be vegetarian or you can add meat, it can be a side dish or the main course. It's so named because of the sound it makes when cooking, it bubbles and squeaks.
Here's how I made mine with leftovers, except for the bacon.

  • 1/2 onion - diced
  • 2 Tblsp canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooked green vegetables - I used asparagus
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas
  • 4 pieces bacon - optional
  • 1/2 cup cooked cabbage - shredded
  • 1 Tblsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste added during cooking
Serves 4

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.

This is how the vegetables should look when fully cooked.

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.


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