RECIPE: Bubble and Squeak

bubble and squeak

The other day I posted a recipe for loaded potato skins and mentioned ways that you can then use up the leftover potato. Next, I posted a recipe for tuna fishcakes that I made using my own leftover potatoes. I planned to write a few more recipes for ways to use up leftovers, including one for bubble and squeak. It is like the people over at the Daily Post read my mind with today’s prompt which is ‘bubble‘. 

Bubble and squeak is a British dish that is traditionally made using leftover mashed potatoes and cabbage. However, you can make it using any leftover vegetables and will taste different depending on which vegetables you use. I have written this differently to my other recipes in the sense that it does not have specific quantities, it is just what you have leftover. It is really easy to make and ideal for those on a budget. It is also suitable for vegetarians. Here is a recipe for bubble and squeak.

Ingredients for Bubble and Squeak

  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Leftover cabbage and any other leftover vegetables
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper

How to Make Bubble and Squeak

  1. Combine the mashed potatoes and leftover vegetables in a mixing bowl.
  2. Season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  4. Fry the onions for five minutes until softened.
  5. Spoon the onions from the pan into the mixing bowl with the vegetables and stir in well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the frying pan and press down with the back of a spoon.
  7. Cook for 7-10 minutes until the bubble and squeak is golden brown and crispy.
  8. Flip it over in the pan using a flatfish lift and repeat so both sides are golden.
  9. Transfer to a plate and cut into slices to serve.

RECIPE: British Herb Dumplings


First, it is important to note that a British dumpling is a very different food to Chinese dumplings. These are suet-based dumplings that are generally served with broths and stews. They are cheap and easy food to make that will make a dish complete. The addition of herbs to the dumpling adds more flavour. Here is how to make British herb dumplings.

Makes: 12 dumplings.

Ingredients for British Herb Dumplings

  • 9 oz/ 250 g self-raising flour
  • 4 1/2 oz/ 125 g shredded suet
  • 7 fl oz/ 200 ml water
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper

How to Make Herb Dumplings

  1. Put the flour in a mixing bowl and stir in the suet, salt, and herbs.
  2. Season with black pepper.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and add the cold water.
  4. Stir the mixture together with your hand to create a soft dough.
  5. Flour your hands and divide the mixture into 12 pieces and hand-roll into balls.
  6. Dumplings take about 20 minutes to cook through, so drop them into your soup, stew, or broth 20 minutes before you are ready to serve.