Thursday, September 29, 2011
Bubble and Squeek: Brussels, Leeks and Ham
Don't let leftovers get you down. Make this quick and delicious potato dish and they'll never know it was from stuff you already had in your fridge. They'll also never know it's healthy, brussel sprouts are hiding in this flavorful comfort food.
Bubble and Squeak, in it's varying forms is the name for fried left-over vegetables from Sunday lunch. Traditionally, it would be eaten on a Monday for lunch or dinner with a fried egg, bacon, or meat leftovers. There is no specific recipe it is simply a way of using up whatever you have left from dinner. The main ingredient is mashed potatoes which is the 'glue' holding all of the other veggies together and often, but not always cabbage.
In Ireland, it is known as Colcannon and is made from mashed potatoes, cabbage or Kale and onion and similar to Bubble and Squeak as is Rumbled Thumps in Scotland.
Bubble and squeak was a popular dish during World War II, as it was an easy way of using leftovers during a period of hardship and when most foods were rationed. The name comes from the bubble and squeak sounds that are made as the vegetables cook.