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I can't think of a better way to use up your festive Christmas jollifications?

And it has to be..

Bubble and squeak

Without doubt my all time " What on earth am I going to do with all this leftover stuff!!? " comfort food dishes.

The ingredients can be, and generally is, limitless on what to use. But this dish is great to use up leftover cooked potatoes, turkey, pigs in blankets, and any leftover veg and trimmings. And of course you can even make it vegetarian or vegan. I like to top it with a fried egg for a simple, tasty and filling lunch. But make no mistake, This will warm your cockles any time of the day.

This recipe will feed 4 people

Prep time 15 minutes/Cook time 15 minutes/ Ready to enjoy in 30 minutes

Now remember this list of ingredients is purely there as a guide, Please feel free to adapt and use whatever leftovers you have kicking around in your fridge, that's the beauty of this recipe.

Ingredients Serves: 4

  • 1 knob butter

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • leftover vegetables and turkey or roast trimmings

  • 4 rashers of cooked bacon or leftover pigs in blankets and stuffing

  • 1 egg for binding

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying

  • 2 eggs for frying


  1. Gently melt the butter in a large, shallow, heavy-based non stick frying pan, Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until soft. If you are using fresh bacon, chop and fry this with the onions.

  2. Thoroughly chop the veg in a large bowl. Add chopped bacon/pigs in blankets/stuffing.

  3. Add softened onion to the bowl. Add a raw egg to bind, this isn't essential if you are wanting a vegan option, season generously with salt and pepper and mix well. Shape the mixture into four rough patties, each about 2cm thick, Dust a little flour on your hands this will help to prevent sticking.

  4. Add the oil to the pan and heat to medium. Put the patties into the pan and fry for about 15 minutes, turning frequently, And cook until golden brown and crisp.

  5. If cooking two at a time, there should be room in the pan for a couple of eggs. About 2 minutes before the squeaks are ready, give the pan a swirl with some light oil and crack in a couple of eggs and fry until set.

  6. Serve immediately onto warmed plates with a good twist of pepper.


I used about 4 large roast potatoes, roast parsnips, boiled carrots, broccoli, green beans, 4 garlic cloves, carrots and celery (I used some of those as a vegetable bed ‘trivet’ for cooking the turkey on).WASTE NOTHING


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