Bubble and Squeak made with leftover roast chicken, potatoes, mash, pumpkin and brussels sprouts, the ultimate leftover recipe. The leftovers are roughly chopped and shaped into patties, and shallowed fried until nicely golden and heavenly delicious. Quick and easy, the best way to use up any leftovers you have.
Roast, roasted vegetables and greens - the quintessential English dinner that needs no introduction. It has been around for hundreds of years, and it's now a part of the national identity.
Sunday Roast, Christmas, Easter, or any other celebration, they all feature a feast fit for a King, and the roast is the centrepiece of such events. But after a gargantuan meal, leftovers are inevitable. And so the famous bubble and squeak was created.
What is bubble and squeak
Bubble and squeak might sound like a weird term to describe a dish, but it refers to the noise the food makes when fried in the pan. This is nothing more than leftovers fried until golden, and although originally it consisted of leftover potatoes and cabbage, nowadays is can include any other leftovers you may have around.
It is mainly a vegetarian dish, but I see no reason why not to include any leftover meat you have, and make it into an even more filling and comforting dish. For my bubble and squeak patties I added leftover roast chicken, but any other leftover meat would do: leftover roast beef, roast pork, roast turkey or lamb.
- leftover chicken - shredded
- leftover mashed potatoes
- leftovers roasted potatoes
- brussels sprouts
- roasted pumpkin
- vegetable oil - for frying
Step-by-step photos and instructions
I served my bubble and squeak patties with leftover bacon and a fried egg, and that was the most delicious combo I have ever had. Absolutely comforting, and so filling, it really makes you look forward to leftover day. Alternatively, you can have it with some leftover gravy.
- use 2 forks to shred the leftover chicken
- roughly chop the leftover roast potatoes, roast pumpkin and brussels sprouts
- in a bowl, mix the mash with the chicken and chopped veggies, and use your hands to shape patties the size of a burger
- heat up the oil in a frying pan, and fry the patties in batches for about 1-2 minutes on each size until golden or lightly brown
And that's it! Nothing overly complicated, just pure deliciousness! From my leftovers I made 5 patties/cakes, but you can have more or less depending on the size of your patties.
Now, there is no right or wrong when it comes to ways of serving your homemade delicious food. Take this bubble and squeak, you can shape it into patties, a large patty the size of a Spanish tortilla, or you can just serve them as a breakfast hash, in no shape whatsoever. It's up to you, the result is the same yummy dish.
Since it's Autumn and pumpkin is the favourite veggie throughout the season and particularly at Thanksgiving , I had to use some leftovers I had, but leftover roasted butternut squash or sweet potatoes would also do. Or any other squash you might have.
Other roasted vegetables that would work a treat here are: parsnips, carrots, swedes or any other root vegetables. Cabbage, either red or white are the absolute best here, in case you have them instead of sprouts.
Mashed potatoes are crucial for the patties, as they act as the binding agent, but if you don't have any leftover, you can chop the vegetables you use as finely as you can, so they can hold their shape better. Alternatively, make some mash from 1 or 2 medium potatoes, there is not need for more. And that's it, a comforting dish for the whole family!
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Bubble and Squeak Recipe
- ½ cup leftover chicken, shredded
- 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup leftovers roasted potatoes
- ⅔ cup brussels sprouts
- ½ cup roasted pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for frying
- Chop the roasted potatoes, pumpkin and brussels sprouts roughly.
- In a bowl, add the mash, shredded roast chicken and chopped vegetables, and shape into 5 patties.
- Heat up the oil in a frying pan, and fry each patty for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and hot.
- Serve with a fried or poached egg.