The roast beef lunch left me with a whole host of vegetables for one of my favourite 5 minute dishes - bubble and squeak. It is a dish that I am sure people of a higher 'class' would put into the 'working class' category and snub with great disdain. I say unlucky. It is a true British classic. A working class hero.
Bubble and squeak, so named because it makes them very noises when cooking, was a dish that was served to me every single Monday evening when I came in from school. As a family that wasted nothing, what ever was left over from our Sunday roast was thrown together and fried up into a huge frying pan sized crispy vegetable cake.
I may have mentioned this before, but I was a fussy so and so as a child. Vegetables were not something I suffered gladly. No matter how many times my mam hid the turnip in the mashed potato, I always knew it was there. And as my mam stood for no nonsense, I often ate it with my fingers clamped firmly onto my nose. However, come bubble and squeak Monday, I would eat the very vegetables I hated once fried up nice and crispy with a dollop of sauce on the side. Weird.
Nowadays, I embellish my leftovers with a few ingredients to take it to another level. So in this bubble and squeak, I add a little wholegrain mustard and a strong Cheddar cheese. I also add a little of the chopped cold leftover meat if there is any left. A few finely chopped fresh herbs such as basil, parsley and sage and a fine coating of Parmesan and flour, they crisp up beautifully and make for a fine dish on its own. With one exception. There is one habit I can't resist still to this day and that is a good dollop of brown sauce on the side. Bubble and squeak Mondays - brilliant.
Bubble and Squeak
Any leftover vegetables - in mine were carrot, turnip, potato, broccoli, cauliflower cheese
Any leftover meat, chopped
Cheddar cheese, grated
Finely chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, basil and sage
Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
1 - In a large bowl, mash all of the vegetables coarsely.
2 - Mix in a couple of tablespoons of mustard, a couple of handfuls of grated cheddar, seasoning and fresh herbs.
3 - Mix a little plain flour with grated Parmesan cheese and seasoning. Then form whatever sized bubble and squeaks and dip into the flour.
4 - Fry your bubble and squeaks in olive oil until golden and crispy. Serve with a dollop of your favourite sauce.
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