Every week is the same…….Left Over Veggies…What does that mean?…Oh yehhhh, Bubble and Squeak!Yummy! Enjoy!
Originally in the 18th Century, it was made from fried beef and cabbage now it’s lost the beef part and is potatoes and leftover vegetables from the Roast Dinner.
One of the first references of the dish was from a said surprising source Thomas Bridges ” A burlesque translation of Homer” 1770:
” We, therefore, cooked him up a dish Of lean Bull-Beef, with cabbage fry’d…. Bubble they call this dish, and squeak”
It is so called due to it bubbling up and squeaking whilst over the fire.
By the late 40’s it had lost the meat and was just leftover potatoes and veggies, possible from enforced wartime rationing.
This change was put into print in the 1950 edition of The Good Housekeeping, Home Encyclopedia.
This dish has been a family favorite from leftover potatoes, cabbage, sprouts and other veggies for as long as I can remember.
Now I am introducing it to Asia as a lot of my many friends who hail from all over the world…. Love it!
I hope you do too…..So just mash your leftover potatoes and vegetables together, form a pattie and fry in a little olive oil and butter until nicely browned or as I did yesterday because we had a few people over we put them on a baking tray and drizzled olive oil over them and cooked in the oven turning halfway through cooking.
Serve with cold meats, salad and whatever else you fancy ( A fried egg)…My American friend had brown sauce, some had tomato ketchup and others mustard.