Bubble and squeak

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bubble and squeak
bubble and squeak
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Bubble and squeak makes a delicious meal at any time of the day, from breakfast right through to dinner time. It's the perfect recipe to make when you have all that left over mashed potatoes in the fridge from dinner the evening before and takes just ten minutes prep time. If you are using ready-mashed potatoes then you can just skip straight to step two. Using traditional flavours we've made this bubble and squeak recipe simple to follow with classic shredded cabbage, smooth mashed potatoes and a few peppery spring onions. To take your meal to the next level we've added a delicious smoky egg to the top of our bubble and squeak, to give it a modern twist.


  • 600g potatoes, peeled weight, cut into chunks
  • About 30g butter
  • a January King cabbage (about 300g), shredded
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 6 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 4 medium or large eggs
  • Smoked paprika
  • Rocket, to serve

If you have leftover veg lurking at the back of the fridge, this dish is a great way to use them up.


  1. Boil the potato chunks in just enough water to cover them until tender. Drain well, keeping the cooking water. Put them back in the pan, dry over the heat, add seasoning and half the butter then roughly crush or mash. Spoon into a large bowl.
  2. Bring the cooking water to the boil again, add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes. Drain well and add the cabbage to the mash. Season well.
  3. Heat the rest of the butter (and more if you like it really buttery) with the oil in a frying pan, add the spring onions, fry for a minute then add the mash mix, smoothing it out, and cook until it starts to brown on the bottom. Turn it over in chunks and cook for a few minutes more until golden and squeaking.
  4. While that cooks, and if you want to add the egg, poach them for 2-3 minutes. Spoon the bubble and squeak on to plates and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle with seasoning and paprika. Garnish with rocket and serve with a tomato salad, if you like.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
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  • Calories 306(kcal)
  • Fat 16.0g
  • Saturates 6.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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