One of my favourite festive meals is the Boxing Day left-over meal! This recipe allows you to turn all your Christmas Day left-overs into a healthy yet delicious Bubble and Squeak.

Traditional Bubble and Squeak is the quirky name for fried left-over vegetables, usually from a Sunday roast. The origins of the name derive from its bubbling and squeaking whilst over the fire. Bubble and Squeak is a Boxing Day must-have in our house and it has been as traditional each Christmas for us, as the actual Christmas dinner.  I almost look forward to it more!  I think it’s the caramelised edges and the egg accompaniment that do it for me.  It’s the perfect way of using up leftover mash, sprouts, cabbage, carrots… well anything goes really.

In a deep frying pan melt some butter. Add all of your vegetable left-overs and in fact anything else you want to use up and slowly brown on a medium heat, for at last 10 minutes turning them over continuously ensuring the potato and vegetables are thoroughly reheated. You’re aiming to brown the outside edges of the vegetables but not to burn the bubble and squeak, so occasionally press the mixture onto the pan to brown a little then continue stirring.

To add to this already awesome dish, fry an onion and some garlic with a teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of nutmeg. Then add all of your leftover vegetables, bread sauce and brown it all slowly on the hob. Serve with a poached egg on top! It is so divine I’m not sure I can last out till Boxing Day!

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