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Bubble and Squeak

This is a great leftover recipe that can be made with any vegetable leftovers from the Sunday lunch. Serve with a poached, fried or scrambled egg and crispy bacon or with poached smoked haddock fillets or grilled trout.

Recipe author: 
Caroline Marson, Banbury

File 439

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  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 450g leftover mashed potato 
  • 300g leftover mixed cooked vegetables - roast parsnips, green beans, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli or peas, chopped into small pieces
  • black pepper
  • Salt
  • 25g hard cheese, grated
  • 25g butter, melted
  • Plain flour


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the finely chopped onion for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add the cut bacon and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until it begins to turn a golden colour.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the bacon and onions into a large bowl.
  3. Add the mashed potato and cooked vegetables, season well. Add the cheese, mix well and divide the mixture into six portions.
  4. Using your hands, shape each portion into a cake. Put a little flour on a plate and coat each cake in flour on both sides.
  5. Put onto a greased baking tray and brush with a little melted butter. Bake in a preheated oven (200°C/400°F/ mark 6) for 25 minutes or fry on both sides until golden brown.

Freeze ahead

These bubble and squeak cakes also freeze brilliantly so if you don’t manage to eat them all you can enjoy them another day; simply freeze them at the end of step 2.

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