DDD #162 – Vegan Bubble & Squeak (Potato & Cabbage)

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Watching Downton Abbey, I heard Mrs. Hughes tell Carson that she was serving him Bubble & Squeak. Intrigued, I Googled it & discovered that it is a humble dish of leftover mashed potatoes & cabbage – an English version of the Irish Colcannon. The Scottish have Rumbledethumps. Bubble & Squeak is also not too dissimilar from the Irish Boxty. A side dish – it is traditionally served at breakfast with a fried egg (if you are not vegan) on top or as a side dish for anything that might like potatoes with it.

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There are no real measurements to this recipe.

Ingredients – very simply – are:

Mashed potatoes

Cooked, chopped cabbage (roughly in half the amount you have of potatoes – so – 2 cups potato to one cup chopped cabbage but this is a very loose suggestion)

Salt & pepper

Coconut oil

Flour (if your potatoes are too creamy)

Optional substitution for cabbage include but are not limited to: kale, Brussels Sprouts or any other leftover vegetables.

You might like to also add: chopped parsley, sauted onion, minced fresh dill, or mustard.

Optional – mustard to serve with it or fresh parsley or dill as garnish


Take your mashed potatoes & chopped cabbage & blend together in a bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Add any of the optional ingredients (I liked dill & mustard).

Create patties as shown from the mix. If the patties are not holding together well, add flour in small increments until the patties can be picked up easily without breaking apart. The video will help if this is too vague. Heat the coconut oil & fry them about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden & warmed through.

Alternately – place in a pie dish & bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until warmed through.

Serve with mustard. Or not.