Bubble & Squeak

Caitriona Redmond

March 1, 2013

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Are you looking for a leftover recipe? Usually when I cook a Sunday roast, I'll make life on the Monday easy for myself by cooking twice the amount of potatoes and vegetables than I normally would use for a roast dinner.I then use these left-over potatoes and vegetables to make Bubble and Squeak.

Bubble & Squeak is my little Monday secret if the truth be told, the kids love the soft potato cakes and egg combination. It's incredibly frugal too.

Traditionally if you made a Sunday Roast and you had any leftovers you'd pop the meat into a pie or a bake on Monday. In fact it's pretty similar to how I work a roast. Sometimes I will take the meat and pop it into the freezer for another day but the main idea is that I use every last bit that there is for taking.

There's rarely enough spuds and vegetables left for a full meal for the family the following day though unless you plan ahead. Between scraps of mashed potato, some leftover bits of vegetable, the temptation may be to throw them into the bin and forget about them. Instead, consider popping the leftover bits of vegetables onto a plate and re-using them next day in Bubble & Squeak.


  1. Lightly fry the patties of mashed potato in a tiny bit of oil, so that the edges caramelise.
  2. Toss the vegetables in a little dressing of honey mustard and lemon juice.
  3. Once the potato is golden brown, remove the patties from the pan and drain on some kitchen paper.
  4. Fry an egg until the yolk is runny and the white is cooked through.
  5. Pile all the ingredients together and eat with lashings of freshly cracked pepper.

Bubble and Squeak, it may be the Housewife's Monday Lunch, but it's a lovely sneaky treat when the kids are in school. Or maybe just while you're holding them at arm's length and give them fruit instead!

For a great freezer staple at a family friendly price, there’ll be plenty of roasties to go around with Aldi’s Four Seasons Maris Piper Roasting Potatoes (€0.89, 1kg), which are available in store every week from Aldi’s 99 stores in Ireland. For superb value on fresh fruit and veg, don’t miss out on Aldi’s Super 6!

Related Recipes: Sour Cream & Chive Potato Cakes. If looking for roast recipes,Roast Leg of Lamb

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland

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Published On: March 1st, 2013 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: March 26th, 2020 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Caitriona Redmond

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Caitriona is a food writer, blogger and author, as well as a mother to 2 boys and a teen stepdaughter. After Caitriona was laid off during the recession, with her family budget getting smaller she found herself facing a shrinking amount of money on a weekly basis to spend on food. She could feed the family on convenience food for the same amount that she had to spend but she chose to cook the best food she could within their tight budget. Her blog is about her, how she manages and the rollercoaster that parenting and living on a tight budget brings.

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