Boxing Day bubble and squeak with leftover turkey

Wondering what to do with all your leftover Christmas turkey? We have the answer right here with this flavourful Boxing Day bubble and squeak recipe. Not only is bubble and squeak a great way to use up all your leftovers from your Christmas dinner, but it also tastes amazing and is sure to leave the family happy and full up on Boxing Day.

Cooking Method

  1. On Christmas Eve, cook the potatoes and sprouts separately in pans of salted boiling water, boil the potatoes for 15-20 mins then drain.
  2. Cook the sprouts for 4 mins until just cooked, refresh in cold water and drain well. Cool, cover, and leave to chill in the fridge.
  3. When you’re ready to make the Boxing Day bubble and squeak, pre-heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Break up the boiled potatoes into a large bowl.
  4. Roughly chop the sprouts, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and chestnuts and add to the potato bowl along with the stuffing, and bread sauce. Mix the ingredients well and add plenty of seasoning.
  5. Generously grease a couple of medium roasting tins with butter and press the turkey bubble and squeak mixture firmly into the tins.
  6. Cook in the oven for 40 mins or until the surface is golden brown and crisp at the edges, and the bubble and squeak is piping hot. Then serve with your leftover turkey

The Ingredients

  • 1kg of potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • Leftover turkey from Christmas Day
  • 400g of brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 300g of roast potatoes
  • 200g of roast parsnips
  • 200g of cooked carrots, or mashed carrot and swede
  • 100g of cooked chestnuts
  • 200g of stuffing, crumbled
  • 6 tbsp of bread sauce
  • 75g of butter, plus extra for greasing

What to serve with Boxing Day bubble and squeak

Given that bubble and squeak is made using leftover vegetables from Christmas dinner, it is often used as a side dish itself, to be served with your leftover meat, in this case turkey. However, if you have enough leftovers, you can easily turn it into a main meal for Boxing Day and add some bacon to it for some extra meatiness and a nice compliment to the turkey. Some people even enjoy bubble and squeak for breakfast, topped with an egg.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bubble and squeak was originally a peasant dish developed many years ago in English history. The exact origins of the name bubble and squeak are still speculated to this day. Some people believe the name comes from the bubbling up and the sound made as the vegetables are cooking over the fire.

There are many different ways to use leftover vegetables but what makes bubble and squeak stand out is that the vegetables involved are always fried. Also, they become nice and crispy and develop a great flavour, especially when used as a side for leftover meat too.

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