Bubble and Squeak
Ok, there is just something about the way Brits name their foods. Like beans, bangers, and mash. Or how they call juice squash. How cute is the name bubble and squeak? Its like they named this dish after the sound it makes as it cooks. There are two ways to serve this dish: one as a hearty breakfast or lunch (it’s mostly made of leftovers after a roast dinner), or as a dinner all by itself.
Either way, you can’t go wrong! It’s also vegetarian. Making it the perfect use of Sunday leftovers on Meatless Monday!
½ cup of mashed potatoes per person
1 cup cooked vegetables per person (Be creative, use what’s in season. There is no veg that won’t work for this dish.)
1 oz of shredded cheese per person (You can measure this on a scale if you like. I’m more of my girl size handful equals two ounces kind of measurer.)
1 egg per person
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl mix mashed potatoes with vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste. (everything is cooked so feel free to taste it to make sure you don’t need to add some onion or garlic for flavor).
Tip: In a pinch, you can use frozen, but it’s better to give a quick dry fry to a cup of fresh veggies before turning to your freezer if the kiddos eat all the veggies the night before. You can put fresh veggies in without cooking them, but they will not cook enough to not be crunchy if you do. If your family likes the crunch not cooking them can be a time saver in preparing this dish. My family will only eat it if the veggies are cooked.
Butter or spray a casserole dish. (My favorite is Polish Pottery, but Pyrex will do.)
Tip: Judge pan size by serving size. Doing this just for yourself? A two cup bakeable dish works great (and the plus side is that these dishes often have lids so if you don’t eat it all you can stick the leftovers straight into the fridge). Feeding your family of four? A square baking dish works best. Making this for company? This is a great in a pinch dish, and eight servings fit well in a regular rectangular baking dish.
Spread mixture evenly through the bottom of the pan with the back of your mixing spoon or spatula.
Tip: if you are having trouble spreading the mash potatoes or mixing in the veggies put the mixture back in the bowl, mix in a tablespoon or two of water and then try again. The end result should be easier to spread. Leftover mash potatoes can get dry in the fridge. Water helps them out, but don’t add too much or they won’t set up when they bake.
Sprinkle the cheese on top.
Tip: you want to evenly cover the dish, not drown it.
Place the dish in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
Tip: Do not cover it. We want the cheese to bubble and the potatoes to crisp up.
After 35 minutes take it out and let it rest on the counter while you do the next step.
In a nonstick pan fry up one egg per person.
Tip: If you don’t know how to fry an egg youtube has a lot of great videos better than any instructions I can leave here. Be sure to cook your egg to your specifications. The dangers of salmonella and other germs are real so don’t eat anything that you think isn’t cooked enough. I like mine runny for the extra creaminess, but that’s just me.
Cut a square for each person. Place it on the plate.
Tip: use a knife to cut it, but a flat no hole spatula to lift it out. Metal works well if you have one.
Place the fried egg on top of the square of food.
Tip: If you are doing single servings in ramekins feel free to leave the dish intact and put the egg right on top, just be sure to put the ramekin on a plate. It can still be hot even after resting while you fry up the egg. You don’t want anyone to burn their fingers.
If you have a sprig of a fresh herb feel free to sprinkle some on top. A sprig of Rosemary or Thyme, a single sage leaf, or a sprinkle of chopped chives all work well to add color and a dash of flavor.
Serve and enjoy!
Tip: This dish stays fresh in the fridge for up to three days. It does not freeze well. So if you do a large batch eat it for breakfast and lunch in the next day or two, but don’t add it to your freezer meal collection. The potatoes take on a weird flavor when frozen and lose any shape they gained from baking.
Tea pairing: English Breakfast is a great tea to pair with this dish. My favorite for this dish is Twilings. The dark rich flavor of a caffeinated black tea goes well with the mellow creaminess of the dish. Having this at night? It’s ok to use a decaffeinated English Breakfast too if you are caffeine sensitive. Don’t forget the splash of milk to make it truly British.
If you tried this and enjoy it as much as I did leave a comment below.
I hope that this adds joy to your Mondays.