How to Make Bubble and Squeak Using Leftover Vegetables

Updated on January 15, 2020
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I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food, experimenting and have cooked family meals for over 50 years.


Do You Need Ideas for Your Leftover Vegetables?

Bubble and squeak is a traditional British dish that is a surprisingly tasty way of using up all the vegetables left over from your Sunday roast dinner. A further plus is that it is quick and easy to make—definitely a beginner's recipe.

What Is Bubble and Squeak?

Basically, it's a mixed vegetable fry-up that uses cooked root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, swedes and turnips, together with cooked greens and onions. Even strong-tasting vegetables like Brussels sprouts and broccoli can be used, as well as a variety of cabbage and other greens.

Avoiding Food Waste

If, like me, you try to avoid wasting food, you will appreciate finding a delicious way to use up food that would otherwise have been thrown away.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Eat as a meal on its own or as an accompaniment


  • Potatoes (you need at least 50% potato or root vegetables, so you may need to cook an extra potato)
  • Other root vegetables (optional; it's just as nice without them)
  • Greens (any type)
  • Onions (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (you can use other cooking oil, but olive oil is the healthiest)


  1. Mash all the cooked vegetables together. There should be about 50% potatoes or other root vegetables, and 50% greens, with or without onion. If there aren't enough potatoes, cook some more.
  2. Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the frying pan. Then add all of the vegetable mixture to the pan, squashing it down to spread it out. Fry it gently for about 10 minutes, making sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan, by running the lifter under the mixture. Then turn the mixture over, add the rest of the olive oil to the base of the frying pan (lifting the mixture a bit at a time to enable the oil to completely cover the pan base). Fry it until the bottom is crispy, making sure that it doesn't stick to the bottom by running the lifter under the mixture.
  3. Serve on plates, as an accompaniment to other food or on its own.
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Serving Suggestions

Sometimes bubble and squeak is eaten as an accompaniment to a fry-up breakfast. This might be:

  • Bacon and egg
  • Bacon, egg, and sausage
  • Bacon, egg, sausage and tomato
  • Bacon, egg, sausage, and baked beans
  • Bacon, sausage, tomato and baked beans

Sometimes this dish is eaten as an accompaniment to a main meal. For instance:

  • Sausage, egg and chips
  • Liver
  • Chops
  • Cold slices of meat

And don't forget, you can eat bubble and squeek on its own.

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    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      I learned to do this with mashed potatoes when I was a kid, and have often added other leftovers, but I never knew about Bubble and Squeak, and I've not made a mash of our leftover roasted veggies like this before. Looks marvelous! Going to give it a try next time I have some extra goodies in the fridge. Thank you.

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      Bren Hall 

      4 years ago from England

      Diana, sometimes you have spelled Squeak as Squeek and it looks odd :) As a Brit we always had this for dinner on Mondays to accompany the cold meat left over from Sunday's roast. Delicious with pickles and chutneys.

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      Susie Lehto 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I had not heard of Bubble and Squeek, but I do do this with leftovers.

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      6 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      How interesting! A wonderful way to use up those leftover veggies; I really have to try this! Thank you!

    • Diana Grant profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London


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      6 years ago

      I have never tried this, but it sounds great. I'll try it the next time that I have some veggies left over!

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from London

      I'm sire you'll enjoy your bubble

    • Bonsie007 profile image


      7 years ago

      Can't wait to use my leftovers for this! Thank you!


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