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Bubble & Squeak dispute - I'm right, surely?

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Caenea Wed 25-Jan-17 11:05:32

Friend popped round Monday, and as I was clattering about the kitchen she asked, as you do, what I was planning to cook for tea. As we'd had a roast on the Sunday, I explained that I was doing cold meat & a couple of sausages to pad it out (as there were about two slices of pork left), mashed potatoes and bubble and squeak. She then observed me chopping up left over veg/roast potatoes/stuffing/an onion and putting this into a frying pan, at which point she asked me what the devil I thought I was doing...

Apparently, Bubble and Squeak is not a fried off mix of the leftovers but should be a stew, made up with left over gravy/beef stock.

AIBU? She's wrong, surely - I've never heard of B&S being a stew!!

Elphame Wed 25-Jan-17 11:06:51

I agree with you. It's a fry up of left over vegetables.

MsGameandWatch Wed 25-Jan-17 11:06:56

No she's wrong! Chopped up veg and mash, made into pattys and then fried.

Patriciathestripper1 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:07:49

shock noooo should be your way NOT a stew hmm what's the world coming to??

Gardencentregroupie Wed 25-Jan-17 11:08:41

A stew? WTAF?

I bloody love bubble.

BreezyThursday Wed 25-Jan-17 11:09:39

Fried, deffo. Our local cafe has it as a breakfast option. Yum!

Allalonenow Wed 25-Jan-17 11:10:15

She's wrong, B&S is fried up vegetables, the answer is in the name! grin

PeridotPassion Wed 25-Jan-17 11:10:28

Er no, that would be...a stew. Just using yesterdays veg.

B&S should be all the veg fried together, then if no meat left, eaten with a couple of rashers of bacon and a fried egg on top.

TwitterQueen1 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:10:32

Yes of course you are right. Honestly, what kind of friend is this? STEW? everything would surely just dissolve into a soggy mess.

The crispy bits are the best.

TaggieRR Wed 25-Jan-17 11:12:14

You're both wrong although your friend is wronger!!! It's mashed up potato and sprouts, fried.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 25-Jan-17 11:13:28

You are right of course.

Can anyone tell me how best to make it? blush sounds daft but I didn't like it as a child (mum insisted on including the veg I didn't like!) and have never had it as an adult. I think I'd like it though.

user1483387154 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:13:47

It is the mixture of mashed potato mixed with other left over vegetables made into burger shapes and fried.

dollydaydream114 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:14:49

I would go NC over this.

Just kidding. Seriously though, she's mad as a sack of ferrets; there is no way on god's earth that bubble & squeak is a stew.

It has to be fried - lots of cafes do it as part of a fried breakfast, especially in London. My old nan would be turning in her grave at the thought of a bubble & squeak stew.

PansyGiraffe Wed 25-Jan-17 11:17:02

I make bubble and squeak to be more like an omelette (or a frittata, I guess) - all the veg, some eggs, shove it in a pan as one big disc, then brown the top under the grill.

I fully accept that your way is the correct way, I just can never get it to work and not disintegrate. Your friend is wronger than a wrong thing who spells it wrnog.

ExplodedCloud Wed 25-Jan-17 11:19:28

B&S is all the leftover veg and roast potatoes (I do loads to ensure leftovers), chopped and fried up together. Best served with brown sauce. Possibly gravy if no brown sauce.

Sweepingchange Wed 25-Jan-17 11:21:10

It has to consist of about 50% potato doesn't it?

I've heard of people having eggs with it, but not in it.

Can't link with this tablet thing but recipes on BBC food site!

Palomb Wed 25-Jan-17 11:21:32

Bubble and squeak is sometimes better than the roast dinner isn't it. One of my most favourite things!

Bluntness100 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:25:05

She can even google it, bubble and squeak is defo the fried left overs. Wonder why she thinks it's a stew? It's like thinking you make an omelette in a slow cooker, just totally wrong.

Caenea Wed 25-Jan-17 11:27:23


Honestly I was starting to doubt myself, she's adamant it's a stew.

@Bluntness - apparently it's how her mother does it hmm

Bluntness100 Wed 25-Jan-17 11:28:31

Weird, just tell her to google it, lots of recipes on line, what her mum was making was ehrm,,,,stew 😂

MrsderPunkt Wed 25-Jan-17 11:30:13

Fine chop the veg, mash with the potatoes, chuck an egg or two in, form into patties and fry. Did it yesterday, was fab!

Caenea Wed 25-Jan-17 11:33:10

Has to be admitted I didn't know about chucking egg in and making patties of it! I literally just fry mine off, with butter - delicious.

mumonashoestring Wed 25-Jan-17 11:34:03

Best bubble & squeak I've made was in the roasting tin that still had some beef fat in it from the roast; heated up the tin on the hob, mashed all of the leftover veg into it, seasoned the lot Andrew left it till the bottom was starting to look crispy. Then broke eggs into some hollows on the top and put the whole thing under the grill til the eggs were cooked (soft yolks) and the top browned. Gorgeous.

mumonashoestring Wed 25-Jan-17 11:35:31

Bloody autocorrect. I don't know who Andrew is but he didn't get any of my bubble & squeak grin

trevortrevorslattery Wed 25-Jan-17 11:36:40

OMG I had forgotten all about bubble & squeak.
I am now thinking of what to have for tea with mashed potatoes so I can generate some leftovers for B&S!!

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