Mashed potatoes are a comfort food in and of itself, so I decided to cross the pond and make Bubble & Squeak.
Traditional British comfort food - aka as Colcannon in Ireland and Rumbledethumps in Scotland (how cute a name is that?) The name comes from the bubble and squeak sounds made as it cooks. It was meant to use up leftovers from Sunday Dinner but I'm told "Mums" make it from scratch because it often requested and a way to get kids to eat their veggies.
3 or 4 large potatoes, boiled and mashed with 2 Tbsp butter and 1/4 cup milk
Salt and Pepper
1/2 small savoy cabbage, boiled and drained
1/2 large onion, chopped and sauteed in 2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. Country Dijon Mustard
Any leftover vegetables, carrots, peas
Fried bacon pieces (optional)
Sharp Cheddar (optional)
In a large frying pan, saute onions in 2 Tbsp. butter until softened and caramelized.
Mix mashed potatoes, cabbage, onions and mustard. (and any other additions).
Mix well to combine.
Heat an additional 2Tbsp. butter with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
You can form these into potato patties as I did or traditionally fill the pan with the potato mixture pressing lightly into the pan.
Fry for ten minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp.
Bubble and squeak makes a lovely lunch with a fried egg on top.