Bubble and Squeak
2-4 depending how much you have leftover
An onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Oil and butter
Leftover corned beef or salt beef, shredded
A few slices chorizo, optional
Leftover potatoes, boiled, roast or mashed (mashed is good, it joins everything together)
Cooked cabbage, sprouts or broccoli, roughly chopped.
Leftover gravy, optional
2-4 eggs, poached or fried
Sauce of your choice*
Bubble and squeak can be almost anything you want it to be in the way of leftovers from a roast, apart from the gravy (and even that’s not a bad idea, heated up and drizzled over the pan at the end), thrown into a frying pan with a little oil or butter, bubbling and squeaking away to tempt you to breakfast, lunch or supper. Supplemented by an egg on top and a dash of something tangy, e.g. *Chilli oil, Shriracha sauce, Worcestershire sauce or tomato ketchup etc., what could be nicer?
to make the bubble and squeak
Put a frying pan over a medium heat with the oil and a knob of unsalted butter and cook the onion gently with a pinch of salt to soften and begin to brown, 4-6 minutes. Add the meat and chorizo, if using, and turn up the heat a little, toss the meat and onion together while it tinges brown. Next add the potato, if its mash, add the greens at the same time, it its firmer shapes let it brown a little before adding the greens.
Add some black pepper, stir a little then pat roughly together or shake the pan in a circular motion so that the bubble and squeak assumes a roundish cake shape. Flip the contents over onto the other side, the safe way to do it is to tip it onto a baking sheet then invert top-side-down back into the pan for the last 8-10 minutes. Heat up the gravy and drizzle a little over the pan.
In a separate pan fry or poach the eggs to your liking.
Serve a wedge of bubble and squeak on each warmed plate, top with an egg and a dash of sauce and maybe a big mug of tea!