Bubble and squeak – try Jamie Oliver's recipe with eggs (it's a-mazing)

We love Jamie Oliver's bubble and squeak as an alternative brunch idea. Plus, it's a great way to use up leftover veg

bubble and squeak
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Bubble and squeak is a genius dish: it's tasty, dead-easy to make, and it reduces food waste, since it's usually made from the leftovers of a Sunday toast. And here, Jamie Oliver (another genius, without a doubt) gives an eggy take on bubble and squeak – an instant brunch classic, this.

Making a delicious luncheon out of whatever's lurking in your fridge is quite an art, and here Jamie demonstrates that a leftover dish can rival the poshest avocado-and-egg.

If you're in the mood for eggs, you'll love our egg recipes guide. You'll also find plenty of inspiration over on our food hub.

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Jamie Oliver's bubble and squeak with eggs

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To recreate Jamie Oliver's bubble and squeak, you will need:

  • Roughly chopped mixed vegetables, 500 grams
  • Floury potatoes, 750 grams
  • Olive oil
  • Free range eggs
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning


1. Roughly chop your mixed veg and potatoes, before placing in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Add a small amount of butter and oil to a pan and once it's hot, add your boiled vegetable mixture. You can either add a small amount if your aim is to make small patties or add everything in at the same time to make one large patty.

3. Begin mashing your veg and potato mix in the pan, forming a large pancake-shaped patty. Cook on a medium heat for 30 minutes, checking that it doesn't burn at the bottom every five minutes.

4. Once the bottom turns golden brown, flip your bubble and squeak patty and continue cooking until it's crispy on all sides.

5. Once the bubble and squeak is nearly ready, you can get to work on poaching your eggs – our guide to how to poach an egg will talk you through the steps for the best results.

6. Serve your bubble and squeak with your poached eggs for a tasty breakfast idea.

Can you freeze leftover bubble and squeak? 

Bubble and squeak will keep in the fridge for about three days, but if you've made too much and would like to use it next week or even later than that, bubble and squeak can be safely and easily frozen and will keep in the freezer for up to two months. We like storing ours in a silicone food storage bag, but any freezer bag or airtight container will do. 

Bubble and squeak can then be reheated from frozen: simply heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan or skillet and slowly warm up the portion you'd like to eat. Make sure the heat isn't too high, or the bubble and squeak will burn before it has the chance to warm through.