Bubble and Squeak Leftover Potato Cakes

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From yesterday’s leftover mashed potatoes to this easy bubble and squeak leftover potato cakes. This classic British breakfast recipe is hearty, healthy, delicious, and comforting. Best of all, it is great as a side or a vegetarian main dish too.

 

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Throwing away food is wasteful and I cannot stand it. It is one of my biggest pet peeves. And if you cannot stand the third night of leftovers of the same dish, then have no fear! I have explored the deep depths of the culinary world to find solutions. Repurposing ingredients into entirely different meals will do just the trick!

 

With a little imagination and brainstorming, you’ll be able to come up with a delicious, unique recipe. I feel like leftover vegetables from a roast might be a little hard to reconstruct into an entirely different dish from the original. Have no fear: bubble and squeak cake is here to save the day!

 

What a name right? Trust me, I was a little (a lot) confused when someone had first told me about this. Turns out, this silly-sounding cake is a traditional breakfast in the United Kingdom. The dish must include potatoes and cabbage, but beyond that, you can use any leftover vegetables.  You essentially mix it all together, coat in flour, and then fry it in a pan.

 

What to serve with bubble and squeak?

 

It’s traditional to serve your bubble and squeak potato cakes with some leftover meat from the night before, or you can make it a side to any full breakfast. I love to serve this up with poached or fried egg on top, some sausage on the side and then pour gravy over the entire plate. Hungry yet? 😉

 

Now, I can’t say I haven’t made this breakfast before, and then immediately wanted to fall back asleep. Maybe you could save this type of breakfast for the weekends, even though it is traditionally served on Mondays after a Sunday roast.

 

I usually have a few indulgent recipes for weekend breakfast, such as my pound cake recipe. Thanks to me you can have dessert for breakfast, or you can have dessert for breakfast. Beats that usual cup or three of black coffee some of us tend to call a “breakfast.”

 

Fried potato and cabbage cakes aka bubble and squeak.

Bubble and Squeak Origin

 

The “bubble and squeak” comes from the little noises cabbage makes when you cook it. I just couldn’t imagine sitting down at a diner or breakfast place and seeing that on the menu! Some people call them Scottish or British Potato Cakes, but I think that takes all of the fun out of it!

 

Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue’, 1785, indicates how the dish got its name:

 

“Bubble and Squeak, beef and cabbage fried together. It is so called from its bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.”

 

 

As I have mentioned before, I absolutely hate wasting food. Another reason why I love these leftover potato cakes is that you can freeze the extra mixture.  If you don’t plan on eating it all, save it for a few days down the road. Once you divide the mixture into portions and flatten into little patties, just decide how many you need or want to make. Wrap the rest of them in plastic, put in a freezer bag and freeze!

 

You have a couple options when you make your bubble and squeak: you can cook it as one big frittata-like dish or you can make little cakes. As with my cheesecakes, malva pudding, and other recipes, I love to divide them up into small portions. For one, little food is cute. Secondly, I sort of preach that it helps with portion control. However, I cannot say that you won’t eat multiple of them in one sitting.

 

As always, I encourage you to experiment with this recipe. You are essentially frying together some potatoes and vegetables and have room for more flavors and textures! Try adding some panko breadcrumbs, a dash of your favorite seasoning blend, bacon or cheese to the mixture.

 

Whatever you decide to do, you might start taking after me, and purposely buying an excess of vegetables just so you can make these with the leftovers! They’re that good!

 

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Bubble and Squeak Leftover Potato Cakes Recipe

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Classic British breakfast made with leftover potatoes and cabbage.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 3-4 cups leftover mashed potato
  • 2 cups cooked Brussels sprouts or cabbage, sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked, diced carrots (optional)
  • 4 chopped spring onions, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • Add any leftover cooked vegetables to the mashed potatoes.
  • Crumble crispy bacon bits into the potato mix.
  • Bake as one big cake and then portion it out.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix mashed potatoes with cooked vegetables. Add onions, salt, pepper, and cumin and mix to combine.
  2. Form the potato mixture into 8 cakes and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up. Dip each cake into the flour to coat lightly.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a wide based frying pan. Gently place cakes into the hot oil (fry in batches if necessary). Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with poached or fried egg, bacon, or breakfast sausage. Garnish with chopped green onions.

 

Bubble & squeak cakes from leftover potatoes

Leftover potato cakes with fried egg.

Delicious recipe for British bubble and squeak breakfast dish.

Bubble and Squeak Leftover Potato Cakes Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
30 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Turn yesterday's leftovers into today's feast with this easy recipe for British bubble and squeak.
Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 3-4 cups leftover mashed potato
  • 2 cups cooked Brussels sprouts or cabbage sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked diced carrots (optional)
  • 4 chopped spring onions plus extra for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin optional
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix mashed potatoes with cooked vegetables. Add onions, salt, pepper, and cumin and mix to combine.
  2. Form the potato mixture into 8 cakes and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up. Dip each cake into the flour to coat lightly.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a wide based frying pan. Gently place cakes into the hot oil (fry in batches if necessary). Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with poached or fried egg, bacon, or breakfast sausage. Garnish with chopped green onions.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • Add any leftover cooked vegetables to the mashed potatoes.
  • Add crispy bacon bits into the potato mix.
  • Bake as one big cake and then portion it out.

 

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36 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    September 18, 2018 at 8:21 am

    We have Bubbles and Squeak every Boxing Day, served with poached egg and lox. It’s a tradition that we’ve had for years, but I’ve never made them with cumin. That might be interesting. Maybe I’ll make a test run with cumin prior to Boxing Day.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Oh, I would love it with lox! You can use any spice you like, Ron. I also sometimes add a bit of nutmeg instead of cumin. Don’t wait till Boxing Day to give it a try! 🙂

  2. Reply
    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    September 21, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    This is just my kind of brunch! I hadn’t thought of cumin. Thanks for the recipe, I’m pinning xx Maria

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 23, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Cumin, nutmeg, curry, or turmeric…all would be wonderful spices to add. Thanks for stopping in, Maria! x

  3. Reply
    kunstkitchen
    September 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Very clever meal I would love that meal.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 23, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Glad you like it! 😀

  4. Reply
    applytofaceblog
    September 23, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Gosh what a wonderful recipe. I LOVE the egg on top and I would so have it for a leisurely breakfast at the weekend. So tasty as well as thrifty.Pinned! Thankyou for sharing with #FiestaFriday

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 23, 2018 at 7:59 am

      I like that you described it as “thrifty”. Haven’t thought of that word, but it’s exactly that. 😀 Thank you, Jen!

  5. Reply
    goatsandgreens
    September 23, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I totally love to re-purpose leftovers into (almost) completely new meals. This one is a perfect suggestion and recipe!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 24, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Nothing goes wasted in my house 🙂

  6. Reply
    helenfern
    September 23, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Not only sounds delicious- it sounds fun! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 24, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      It sure does, such a fun name! 😀

  7. Reply
    Amy
    September 23, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    This sounds so good. I like cabbage and this just sounds wonderful. I like the idea of a poached egg on top. Thank you for sharing at Over the Moon.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 24, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you, Amy! Glad you like it 🙂

  8. Reply
    eclecticredbarnBeverly
    September 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    What a great way to use leftovers. I adore the name. I don’t like poached eggs so I will have to try something else.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party. Pinned.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 24, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks, Bev! Over-hard for me, but poached looks better for the photo, lol. 😉

  9. Reply
    Claire Rocks
    September 24, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    these look divine! I absolutely love bubble and squeak!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 24, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Hi, Claire! It’s such a fun and delicious dish. Easy too! 🙂

  10. Reply
    Kerrie
    September 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Oh my goodness I haven’t had bubble and squeak for so long!! I must give it a try!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

      So you already know how good it is 😀 x

  11. Reply
    Jann Olson
    September 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I have never heard of Bubble and Squeak before, but I love the name! My mom did, however make potato cakes when I was a kid. Always loved them. the poached egg sounds wonderful on top! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 29, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      I think they’re pretty similar, Jann. The Brits gave it a funny name. 🙂

  12. Reply
    marymtf
    September 29, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Jas, I had no leftovers, but I got some veggies together and cooked them. The little patties are sitting in the fridge firming up as we speak. I’ll let you know how it went. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Awesome! Hope you like them. 🙂

  13. Reply
    marymtf
    September 29, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Sizzling beautifully on the stove top, Jas. I think that firming them up in the fridge has done the trick.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      That’s wonderful, Mary! Did you enjoy them??

      1. Reply
        marymtf
        September 29, 2018 at 11:21 pm

        Made them for my husband, but I did manage to score one. It was delicious. Thanks, Jas.

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          Jas
          September 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

          Glad to hear it! Thanks for giving it a try! 😀

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    marilyn1998
    September 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Congratulations! Your post was my Most Clicked at #OverTheMoon this week. Visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. https://www.marilynstreats.com. Please be sure to leave your link number or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 30, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Marilyn! You made my day 🙂

  15. Reply
    sageandivydesigns
    September 30, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Great recipe. I cannot wait to serve it for breakfast. Happy Fall, Kippi

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Happy October, Kippi! Hope you like these little savory cakes.

  16. Reply
    Miz Helen
    October 1, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Your Bubble & Squeak Potato Cakes look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you heaps, Miz Helen!

  17. Reply
    Jodie Fitz
    October 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    LOVE leftover ideas. These look super delish and, I just bought a brand new egg poaching pan = bonus!
    Thanks for sharing at Reader Tip Tuesday – so hope to see you at this week’s party. Your layered cake is a feature xo
    http://www.jodiefitz.com/2018/10/02/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party-14-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/

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      Jas
      October 2, 2018 at 5:06 pm

      Super happy you like it, Jodie! And thank you for the feature. You made my day! 🙂

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