Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers Part 2

Another "Round Two" recipe that the Belleville house enjoys is Bubble & Squeak. This recipe combines a little of each thanksgiving dish rolled into one fabulous little cake. A little history on the dish itself thanks to Wikipedia:

Bubble and squeak is a traditional English dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The main ingredients are potato and cabbage, but carrots, peas, brussels sprouts, and other vegetables can be added. The cold chopped vegetables (and cold chopped meat if used) are fried in a pan together with mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. It is often served with cold meat from the Sunday roast, and pickles.

The meat was traditionally added to the bubble and squeak itself, although nowadays it is more commonly made without meat. The earliest known recipe was by Maria Rundell in 1806.

The name comes from the bubble and squeak sounds made as it cooks. The name bubble and squeak is used throughout the United Kingdom, Australia and other Commonwealth countries. It may also be understood in parts of the United States.

Bubble and squeak was a popular dish during World War II, as it was an easy way of using leftovers during a period when most foods were subject to rationing. In more recent times, pre-prepared frozen and tinned versions have become available.

That being said I modify this recipe into a Thanksgiving masterpiece.

What you'll need:
1 large mixing bowl
1 cup of flour
2 cups left over stuffing
2 cups left over mashed potatoes
2 cups cubed turkey
1 skillet with sides
1/2 cup oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

On the stove bring the oil in the skillet to temperature (medium heat)
In the mixing bowl add the stuffing, potatoes, and turkey. Mix with your hands until well incorporated. Place the flour into a shallow dish. Scoop little balls of the thanksgiving mixture into your hands. Flatten out gently into a cake like patty. Then roll in the flour. Place the Thanksgiving cakes into the oil and fry evenly on all sides (approximately 2-3 min per side) then place on paper towel to drain the excess oil. Serve 2-3 cakes (depending on size) to each guest with a vegetable of your choosing and some gravy over the top. You may also top your Bubble and Squeak cakes with cranberry sauce. This is my favorite Round Two recipe for thanksgiving leftovers. Enjoy!

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