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bubbles and squeak

(6 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sea Sun
West Des Moines, IA

Several years ago, I became interested in English dishes. My good friend from the west end of England gave me this recipe, and I make it occasionally. As mentioned below in the comments, the dish's name comes from the noise it makes when cooking. Fun! It's great as it is. However, if you'd like a little more "punch," add a little seasoned salt or salt-free seasoning.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Bubbles and Squeak is a yummy English dish that will be a hit around your table. It gets its name from the noises the ingredients make while being fried. Bacon and onions are cooked down in rendered bacon drippings. The smell is amazing. They're mixed with potatoes, cabbage, and ham. When everything is fried, this meal is similar to a hash. If there's leftover holiday ham, this is a great recipe to make the next day. Since the potatoes are pre-cooked, this meal comes together quickly.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(6 ratings)
yield 2 -4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For bubbles and squeak

  • 1 md
    cabbage head, chopped
  • 6 slice
    bacon, diced
  • 1 md
    onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 c
    ham, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 3 c
    potatoes, baked and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp
    paprika or more to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make bubbles and squeak

Test Kitchen Tips
We baked our potatoes the day before. Peeling them was super easy once they were cooled.
  • Cook cabbage in a saucepan.
    Cook cabbage in a very small amount of water in a saucepan. Just enough to cook the cabbage until tender.
  • Fry bacon.
    In a skillet, fry the diced bacon.
  • Add onions to the bacon.
    Once the bacon is partially cooked, add the onions. Cook onions until translucent.
  • Add ham to the onions and bacon.
    Add ham and continue cooking until well heated.
  • Add butter and seasonings.
    Add butter and seasonings.
  • Add cabbage and onions.
    Add cabbage and potatoes to the meat mixture and stir.
  • Cook until one side is browned and then flip.
    Cook without stirring until slightly browned on the bottom. Then flip (like hash browns) and brown on the other side.