Bubble and Squeak with Gammon

Leftover gammon recipe. Bubble and squeak is the perfect way to use up leftovers.

Potatoes, green cabbage, sprouts; pretty much anything fried in a pan along with leftover gammon, leftover turkey or chicken, all work.

Bubble and squeak with gammon and fried egg

Top the lot with a fried egg and you have a quick and easy dinner fit for a king!

Bubble and Squeak

What is Bubble and Squeak?

It's traditionally the leftovers from the Sunday roast fried up the next day and eaten for lunch or dinner, sometimes with a fried egg on top, and can include a little bacon or leftover meat from the day before. 

It’s the bits of potato that catch in the pan that makes ‘bubble and squeak’, so let the mixture colour and it'll be even more delicious.

I've seen people ask how do you make bubble and squeak stick together? Well, the answer is it doesn't have to 'stick' together. There's nothing fancy about bubble and squeak; it is just leftovers fried up together.

No cooking skills required, but if you really must pack it down and have it stick together use leftover mashed potatoes rather than boiled.

If you're looking for something a bit different you can make Posh Bubble and Squeak.

Where does the name Bubble and Squeak come from?

It is so-called from it bubbling up and squeaking whilst cooking.

How to make Bubble and Squeak

Remove your leftovers from the fridge.

Vegetables for bubble and squeak in a bowl

Add a little vegetable oil into a frying pan and heat. Tip the potatoes, vegetables and gammon in and cook whilst stirring now and then.

Bubble and squeak with gammon in a frying pan

Let it cook (more than in the above picture) until the potatoes just start to brown.

Once it's piping hot serve immediately with a fried egg.

Bubble and squeak with gammon and fried egg

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Author: Jan Bennett
Bubble and Squeak with Gammon

Bubble and Squeak with Gammon

Since bubble and squeak is made up from leftovers there's no point in me giving exact amounts - just use whatever you have leftover!
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 22 Min


Leftovers can be a mixture of any or all of the following
  • Boiled, mashed or roast potatoes
  • Cabbage greens, Brussels sprouts, peas, carrots, or broccoli
  • Leftover meat such as beef, gammon, turkey or chicken or bacon
  • If you didn't cook your potatoes in salted water you will need to season the mixture by adding a little salt to taste. You can also add a little white pepper.
  • *I used cabbage greens, Brussels sprouts and boiled potatoes. I then added gammon and topped the lot with a fried egg.
  • Personally, I wouldn't add cauliflower because I tried it once and it gives the dish a strange taste. I wouldn't add parsnips because they are too sweet; but of course, it's entirely up to you.


  1. Heat up a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Add the meat and vegetables and leave to cook over a medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  3. Give it a stir and leave to cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes stirring now and then. Cook until it's piping hot.
  4. Serve with a fried egg.
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  1. This Recipe is Look So Fresh, Healthy and Delicious to Prepare. Thank You for Sharing this Recipes. So Yummy !!! I Love it. I'll Definitely Try it. Thank You. Photos are Awesome !!!

    1. Hi Desicart, thank you so much for your kind words.
      Wishing you all the very best for a healthy and happy 2021


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