Bubble & Squeak with Poached Egg

How to make Bubble and Squeak with Poached Egg.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 200g swede, peeled and diced
  • 200g carrots, peeled and diced
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 200g cabbage, shredded
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs optional
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Layer the root vegetables in a steamer – swede on the bottom, carrots next, potatoes on top.
  2. Steam them over boiling water for 10 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
  3. If you don’t have a steamer, boil the vegetables until tender, then drain them really well.
  4. Season the vegetables and then mash.
  5. You don’t want the mixture to be too smooth, so don’t be too vigorous about it.
  6. Put the cabbage in a saucepan with a couple of centimetres of just-boiled water and simmer it for a few minutes until tender.
  7. Drain thoroughly.
  8. Add the olive oil to a large non-stick frying pan and fry the onion until it is translucent and taking on a little colour.
  9. Tip the onion into the mash, along with the cabbage, and stir.
  10. Heat the grill to its highest setting.
  11. Pile all the mixture into the frying pan and cook over a medium heat for several minutes until you see that it is browning around the edges.
  12. Put the pan under the grill until the top has crisped up a bit and is a good deep brown.
  13. Half fill a medium non-stick saucepan with water, add a teaspoon of vinegar and bring it to the boil.
  14. Place the eggs, still in their shells, into the boiling water for exactly 20 seconds – this helps the whites stay together.
  15. Remove them with a slotted spoon and turn the heat down so the water is simmering gently.
  16. Crack the eggs into the water and cook for 3 minutes.
  17. The water should be gently bubbling and the eggs will rise to the surface when they are nearly ready.
  18. Remove them with a slotted spoon, drain briefly and place an egg on top of each helping of bubble and squeak.
  19. Serve and enjoy!
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