Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Bubble and Squeak
Bubble and Squeak is a famous (or infamous) supper made from leftovers of the Sunday lunch. As such, it may be questionable if it qualifies as one of my list of Brussels sprouts recipes.
For me, it certainly does. So much so that I go to the trouble of cooking extra sprouts if I want to make bubble and squeak and don't have any handy.
Yes, I know, it defeats the object of a thrifty supper, but hey - in our house, bubble and squeak has to have sprouts in it!
Traditionally, bubble and squeak is a one-pan supper, but I've frequently seen it on posh pub menus shaped into individual 'cakes' or patties and served with chips. So if you feel like going that route, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Being a leftover dinner, quantities are governed by what you have to hand. There are no real measures here. Just collect enough vegetables to make a pan full of food - it's really that basic.
I like roast potatoes and sprouts in my bubble and squeak, along with some caramelised onions, parsnip and maybe buttered carrot.
Mashed swede fits in well, too, as does leek.
And if you have some green cabbage handy, and maybe some leftover gravy that can go in, too.
Heat a generous dollop of lard or glug of oil in a large frying pan.
Add the onions, which will probably be the only thing not yet cooked unless you add a leek or two, and cook slowly until soft and golden.
Now add the rest of the vegetables, along with salt and pepper, and turn to mix.
Turn the heat down and squash the mixture down with the back of your wooden spoon. The vegetables are supposed to break up and blend.
Leave the pan alone for a while to form a nice brown crust at the bottom, then stir the bubble and squeak and repeat. Getting tasty brown, crusty bits in the middle of the soft mashed vegetables is really the nicest bit.
Once the mixture is cooked, you can take it a step further. Just sprinkle grated cheese over the top and slide the whole pan under a hot grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts and the top browns invitingly.
And whether you count this amongst my Brussels sprouts recipes or not, bubble and squeak is a sure fire winner, every time!