Bubble and squeak is a strange name for a vegetable dish, but I believe it’s so called because of the noises the vegetables make while being fried in the pan!
As you can see in the recipe, I have given one or two alternatives. This is because bubble and squeak can really be your own invention, and either mashed or cooked potatoes, sprouts or cabbage will do the trick. I prefer mashed potatoes as this gives me more of a cake consistency, but if you’re using plain boiled potatoes just peel them and cut into thick slices. The dish is usually made from left-overs so the sprouts or cabbage should be boiled or cooked. The sprouts can be sliced.
There are so many variations to a bubble and squeak. Half cabbage and half sprouts can be used, and any additions can be made: garlic, smoked bacon, leeks, herbs and so on. But as I’ve always said, ‘Get the basics right first, then move on!’