Bubble and Squeak Cakes

This is a brilliant way to use up leftover Brussels sprouts, or you can cook them from scratch – it takes only an extra 3 minutes to parboil or steam them. Alternatively, you can make the bubble and squeak using cooked, shredded Savoy cabbage and spring onions. Eat them on their own, or topped with a fried or poached egg and a couple of crispy bacon rashers.

Bubble and Squeak Cakes
Bubble and Squeak Cakes

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

10

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

10

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    kg floury potatoes, peeled and quartered

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 500

    g cooked Brussels sprouts

  • 40

    g butter

  • 50

    g plain flour

  • olive oil, to shallow-fry

Directions

1. Add the potatoes to a saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and cook for 15–20 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, finely shred the cooked Brussels sprouts. 2. Drain the potatoes and push them through a potato ricer, or mash thoroughly using a potato masher. Return to the pan and stir over a low heat for 1–2 minutes to dry them out. Add the butter to melt and mix well, then take off the heat. 3. While the potatoes are still warm, mix in the shredded Brussels sprouts. Season well with salt and pepper to taste. Tip the flour onto a plate and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Shape the potato and sprout mixture into 10–12 patties and lightly coat with the seasoned flour. 4. Heat a 5mm depth of olive oil in a large frying pan. In batches, shallow-fry the savoury cakes for 2 minutes on each side or until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with a little salt. Serve at once, on warmed plates.

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