Bubble and Squeak

Serves 2


  • 1 Cup Brussel Sprouts (Cooked)
  • 2 Cups Cabbage (Cooked)
  • 1 Cup Mashed Potato
  • 1 TSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-2 TBSP Tomato Puree
  • Any other left over vegetables (Optional)
  • 3 Rashers Bacon (Cooked and Diced)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation Time – 5 Minutes

Cooking Time – 25-30 Minutes

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Bubble and squeak is one of my favourite recipes to use up leftovers and it is a clean, healthy recipe which is a bonus. If you are English, there is a pretty good chance bubble and squeak was a regular part of your mealtimes as a kid growing up (It was probably the easiest way parents could get their children to eat vegetables). This bubble and squeak however is a little different to how most people make it, as traditionally it is made into disc type shapes and fried so it is crispy on the outside, but as it is vegetables I tend not to fry my bubble and squeak (I like my vegetables to stay healthy), instead I bake it in the oven which still gives it a crisp top.

There are no rules as to what you put in Bubble and squeak, it is literally a recipe that is generally made on a Monday to use up all of the leftover vegetables and mashed potato from Sunday dinner which have been refrigerated overnight, so you don’t necessarily need to use what is in my recipe if you have other veggies you prefer, but this is just what I use (I also usually add broccoli but I forgot to buy it to use for dinner this week). This can be made with freshly cooked vegetables and potatoes but traditionally its made with leftovers. I also know that most people do not add Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree to their bubble and squeak, but I grew up putting ketchup all over mine and so this way I just get to keep a mild tomato ketchup type flavour without having to use actual ketchup. I don’t know about anyone else but as I am getting older I am becoming more and more aware of how much sugar and preservatives are in condiments, I mean ketchup is fine on a burger if I am having a cheat meal, but I can’t really justify not frying my bubble and squeak to keep it healthy if I am just going to throw a load of sugary ketchup all over it.

Preheat your oven to 200°C

Take your vegetables out of the fridge and put them into a large bowl or pot.


Add your mashed potatoes.


Mash the vegetables and potatoes together until they are well combined. It doesn’t matter if there are still some lumps. Mix in the tomato puree and worcestershire sauce. Add some salt and pepper.


Place in a couple of ovenproof dishes. Take a fork and run it along the top of the bubble and squeak to make grooves in the top (this will help the top to crisp).


Place in the oven for 25-30mins or until the top is crisp and the bubble and squeak s heated all the way through.


You could also add cooked, diced bacon to the mixture before putting it in the oven.


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