Bubble and squeak, asparagus and poached egg

Bubble and squeak, asparagus and poached egg


Bubble and squeak, asparagus and poached egg

Bubble and squeak, asparagus and poached egg



For the Bubble and squeak:

200g plain cooked potato

½ shallot - chopped

5g parsley - chopped

80g cooked bacon lardons

30g butter

80g blanched chopped cabbage

Salt and pepper to taste

To coat:

Plain flour – approximately 100g

2 or 3 Eggs – whisked

Panko breadcrumbs – approximately 100g


For the Asparagus:

2 bunches of asparagus - depending on bunch sizes

10g Salt

500ml water


For the poached eggs:

6 fresh free range eggs

600ml water

200ml white wine vinegar

Pinch of salt


Brunch, lunch or supper, you can decide!  We like to add a nice dollop of béarnaise sauce too.

Serves 6:

Equipment    15cm deep pan, slotted spoon, bowl and ice, cutters, chopping board, timer


For the Bubble and squeak:

1. Peel and chop the potatoes and cook in salted boiling water, bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes

2. Once the potato is cooked pass into a colander and allow to dry out for 5 minutes in the colander over a bowl

3. While the potato is drying place the butter into a frying pan turn onto a medium heat and add the bacon lardons.

4. When the lardons start to go golden add the sliced shallot and cook for 2 minutes continuing to stir so no more colour is added but the shallots start to soften

5. Once the mix is done, place into a bowl and then put aside ready to add the mash  

6. Mash the potato with a masher or ricer and then place into the bowl with the onions and bacon

7. Add the rest of the ingredients, lightly mix and form in to round shapes

8. Coat with flour, then egg and finally panko breadcrumbs – neaten up into a round flat shape like a fish cake

9.Now they are ready to pan or deep fry on 180c for 4 to 5 minutes depending on size to just colour and warm the mix through.

For the asparagus:

1. Place the water and salt into a pan and bring to the boil

2. While you are waiting for the water to the boil, peel the asparagus

3. When the water is boiling place the asparagus into the pan and cook for 2 minutes and serve. (Test the asparagus are ready by pinching the tip to ensure it is soft or putting a knife in the root, it should go in easily)

For the poached eggs:

1. Bring all the ingredients except the eggs to a boil in a deep small pan

2. Once boiling put a timer on for 2 minutes 30 seconds and have a bowl of ice water ready (if using)

3. Now crack the eggs gently one by one into the pan and when the last one goes in, start the timer

4. The water will stop boiling due to adding the cold eggs, when it comes back to the boil turn it to a steady simmer otherwise the eggs will break up and the pan will boil over

5. When the timer goes off, remove from heat and get the eggs out, drain on kitchen paper and serve. 

Alternatively, you can place in the bowl of ice water, then remove them and store them on a cloth on a tray for up to a day in the fridge.  To reheat, add to a pan of boiling water for 1 minute.