Hayley Tuschhoff
Bubble and Squeak Essay
April 24, 2009

Bubble and Squeak

The term Bubble and Squeak may not be recognized by many Americans but overseas it is a staple in the modern European home. It comes from a 600 year old recipe originating in the United Kingdom. There is no definitive recipe seeing as it is more of a left over meal comprised of some type of meat with vegetables. Variations containing bacon, sausage, corned beef, and roast added to any range of numerous vegetables such as onions, carrots, peas, and brussel sprouts, but most commonly, roast with cabbage and potatoes. Other recipes incorporate eggs, breading, or even go completely meatless. Some people have created their own unique recipes such as making it into casserole, pizza-like wedges, patties and bite size cakes.

In England, the name is rumored to come from the sounds the food makes while it goes through the cooking process. This theory is up for interpretation. In other regions of the country, this dish is referred to as Bubble and Scrape. While in Ireland, the bubbling and squeaking of the food in the hot pan has been told to be the cries of witches and ghost trying to flee from the scorching flame, customarily served at supper on Halloween. The Scottish also have an extremely similar dish called Rumbledethumps, containing only vegetables.

            Over the years the dish Bubbles and Squeak has transformed from being the left over dish to being a plethora of different things. The dish takes many different forms despite its start. In the early fifties, a meatless version was popularized by the wildly read Good Housekeeping - Home Encyclopedia.  The now vegetarian plate is the most common form found in the United Kingdom. From beginning as an actual meal, it has been made into different types of side dishes. Restaurants frequently serve round biscuit sides with many dishes, some even make little sushi roll type cakes out of it. The dish has become such a staple in European cuisine that it now comes in a packaged dinner, ready to be micro-waved.