There’s nothing like a good bubble and squeak – it’s a great favourite of
ours. In this recipe we’ve upped the carrot and swede and
cut down on the potato so it’s a bit lighter than usual but still
tastes mega. Swede can go a bit mushy when boiled, so we
like to steam the veg, but if you don’t have a steamer, just be
sure to drain it all well. You could dry-fry the eggs instead of
poaching them, if you prefer.
Layer the root vegetables in a steamer – swede on the bottom,
carrots next, potatoes on top. Steam them over boiling water
for 10 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender. If you
don’t have a steamer, boil the vegetables until tender, then
drain them really well.
Season the veg and then mash. You don’t want the mixture to
be too smooth, so don’t be too vigorous about it.
Put the cabbage in a saucepan with a couple of centimetres
of just-boiled water and simmer it for a few minutes until
tender. Drain thoroughly. Add the olive oil to a large non-stick
frying pan and fry the onion until it is translucent and taking
on a little colour. Tip the onion into the mash, along with the
cabbage, and stir.
Heat the grill to its highest setting. Pile all the mixture into the
frying pan and cook over a medium heat for several minutes
until you see that it is browning around the edges. Put the pan
under the grill until the top has crisped up a bit and is a good
If you want to top the mixture with eggs, try our great tip for
successful poaching. Half fill a medium non-stick saucepan
with water, add a teaspoon of vinegar and bring it to the
boil. Place the eggs, still in their shells, into the boiling water
for exactly 20 seconds – this helps the whites stay together.
Remove them with a slotted spoon and turn the heat down so
the water is simmering gently.
Crack the eggs into the water and cook for 3 minutes. The
water should be gently bubbling and the eggs will rise to
the surface when they are nearly ready. Remove them with a
slotted spoon, drain briefly and place an egg on top of each
helping of bubble and squeak.
For more delicious vegetarian recipe from The Hairy Bikers try their recipe for red onion and beetroot tart, vegetable Thai curry or homity pie, or visit our Hairy Bikers page for more recipes.
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