Bubble and Squeak

Recipe for Bubble and Squeak with Smoked Bacon: A British Favorite Budget Family Meal Bubble and squeak is based on mashed potatoes, carrots, sprouts or cabbage, peas and/or sweet corn, onion, and indeed, any leftover cooked vegetables available. It can be made in about 20 minutes, a plus for a busy lifestyle. To make it even more economical, when cooking a large meal that calls for mashed potatoes and lots of vegetables, just cook extra and store this in the fridge for use the next day, so saving time and energy. INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS OF BUBBLE AND SQUEAK: 4 large potatoes, mashed with milk and butter and seasoned well A tablespoon of cooked peas or sweet corn 2 tablespoons of cooked green cabbage or Brussels sprouts, chopped up 2 tablespoons of cooked, sliced carrots 1 small friend onion Oil for frying 8 slices of lean smoked bacon Crusty whole meal or granary bread and butter METHOD: Mix all the vegetables into the mashed potatoes; adding extra freshly ground black pepper, if required. Heat enough virgin olive oil to completely cover the base of a large frying pan. Turn on the oven to a medium heat. Divide the vegetable mix into 4 large, or 8 small patties. When the oil is really hot, place the patties carefully into the pan. Lower the heat and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, start grilling the bacon, to personal taste, though crispy is good. Turn the patties over, once the first side has become crispy and brown. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes. Do not worry if they break up a little, just scrape the crispy surface up and add to the patty. Use a fish slice to transfer them to a large dish or oven tray, lined with kitchen paper. Pop them in the oven till the bacon is ready. Serve at once, piping hot, with the crusty bread and butter. A fast, delicious and cheap recipe! VARIATIONS AND ADDITIONS: Broccoli can be used instead of cabbage or sprouts in the bubble and squeak, and turnip can be mashed into the potatoes. Baked beans or grilled mushrooms and tomatoes go very well with this dish, or even add a fried egg. Substitute sausages for the bacon, or even slices of cold meat and a sauce of your choice. The variety is limited only by your culinary creativity – be adventurous. TIME: About 20 minutes in all COST: This varies, according to food prices in your locality, but in the UK, price per person works out at around £1.60, under $2 in the US. That makes bubble and squeak with smoked bacon a very good budget meal.

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