Monday, 30 May 2011

Mini Bubble and Squeak

As one of those people who would rather sit down and pick at fifteen different dishes instead of a complete meal a BBQ is perfect for me. I wish I had the energy to create authentic Tapas on a regular basis but until then I am finding all sorts of little things to throw into the standard BBQ line up. 
Potatoes will always crop up in some form or other at a BBQ. Chips, baked, in salads, boiled and any other form you can find. I wanted something that hit the potato spot but that was also a little different. As usual, this dish is made from ingredients I get from my local farmers' market. I call these mini bubble and squeak but call them potato cakes or what you will. They have potato, a hint of onion, a bit of earthy cabbage with a golden, crispy, salty outside and delicate white fluffy middle...what more could you want?
Start by peeling and then boiling the potatoes until soft. Drain the potatoes and leave them to cool. While they cool, chop a few spring onions, a good handful of spring cabbage (as much or as little as you like) and some chives. I like to put the chive flowers in too if not just for the colour. Mash the potato, mix in all the other ingredients and season. Take small handfuls of the mixture, form into balls and then squash to make them flatter. 
Heat some butter in a pan until foaming. If you want the outside golden and with the slight saltiness you must use butter, it's just not the same with oil. I do add a little oil to stop the butter burning but not much. These little cakes like to soak the butter up so have some spare to dot around the pan. Place the cakes in the pan, you may have to do more than one batch, and wait until they are golden until you turn them over. Turn them too early and you might end up with a right mess. 

They are done when they are golden brown enough for you. Keep the heat low/medium as you don't want any burning before browning. A treat for a BBQ but great with anything else too. 

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9 comments:

  1. Oh my..these look REALLY good! I love that they use all fresh farmer's market ingredients!

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  2. Ahhh Farmers markets, I'm a fresh convert and getting quite excited about the coming one this weekend ..
    Your little cakes look great, I fell into that trap of turning too early , nightmare .. Glad you've got some herb flowers to play with at last

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  3. I just keep thinking...hmmm.....butter...hmm.......

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  4. I don't like Barbecues - I'm too much of a control freak around food to let people cook it over an open flame, often not very well :(

    I do LOVE farmers markets though, we're pretty blessed in Bristol in that respect. I love bubble and squeak too - might try these little ones this weekend with some sausages for breakfast

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  5. " a golden, crispy, salty outside and delicate white fluffy middle"... oh my goodness, I'm still full from lunch yet I am drooling! Is this revenge for posting about the oreo truffles? hee hee :) they look divine, I could eat a dozen of them easily!

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  6. Love when you can get almost a full meal from a Farmer's Market! Not only is it super fresh, but cheap and you are supporting your community! And it tastes so much better!

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  7. My mum used to make bubble and squeak every Sunday night with the left overs from the roast. Never ever made it myself from anything but leftovers.

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  8. I love eating fifteen different dishes while chatting and drinking but it takes time to prepare all that!
    I like your different potato dish. I normally try to stay away from mayo-loaded potato salads at the BBQ and this is something I would serve and eat.

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  9. Never tried bubble and squeak an unusual name. :)

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