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Sweet Potato Bubble and Squeak Cakes

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Bubble and Squeak is an English dish that is traditionally comprised of last night’s leftovers. Whatever meat and vegetables hanging around after a big meal are mashed together with potatoes and fried to a satisfying crisp. The dish is named for the bubbling and squeaking sounds it makes as all of the ingredients fry in the pan. You’ll commonly see veggies such as cabbage, peas, Brussels sprouts, or carrots in this dish, but as with most things in life (including our favorite recipes), toss in whatever you like. The beauty is that it will work just fine.

I found myself with a Tupperware full of leftover mashed sweet potatoes and roasted bananas that I made over the weekend. I wasn’t jazzed about eating it alone, and I certainly didn’t want to throw it out. That’s when I thought of this English staple, which is also very prominent in many Irish pubs around Los Angeles. I’ve never had it with sweet potatoes though, so this seemed like the perfect experiment. I knew it was fate after opening the produce drawer and finding a half-eaten bag of sugar snap peas. All of these ingredients combined would create my own version of Bubble and Squeak with a bit of inspiration from Vegan Yum Yum. Instead of serving it as a large family-style serving, I decided to make smaller cakes for individual servings.

You’ll notice this recipe is vegan. (You may remember Chrystal going vegan for several months last year?) I was in the midst of a 30-day vegan challenge when this dish was created, so no meat in this one. Additionally, I was recently gifted a wonderful spice blend from The Spice House called “Gateway To The North Maple Garlic Seasoning,” which is a mix of maple and brown sugars, coarse salt, peppers, garlic, and onion. I tossed some into the original sweet potato dish since I had it on hand. It added a nice, bold flavor that balanced the sweet with a bit of savory. You can easily order it online, but it’s not a requirement in order to enjoy this excellent side dish or simple snack. Leave it out all together or try it out with your own spice mix. Play on!

Sweet Potato Bubble and Squeak Cakes
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 2-4
  • 1½ lbs sweet potatoes, skin on
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, unpeeled
  • 1 cup sugar snaps, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance® Buttery Spread
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons Spice House's Gateway To The North Maple Garlic Seasoning, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • Oil for frying
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash potatoes and pat them dry with a paper towel. Using a fork or steak knife, carefully poke the surface several times around each potato. Then, place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and lightly drizzle with the cooking oil. With your hands, rub each potato to evenly coat with the oil. Add bananas to the baking sheet.
  2. Roast in the oven for 70 minutes, or until potatoes are soft and fully cooked (a knife will easily cut through them, the skin will begin to wrinkle, and the tops and bottoms will be brown), being sure to remove the bananas after 20 minutes of cooking time (the banana peels will be black).  Set aside and let cool to touch at room temperature.
  3. When the potatoes are still warm but cool enough to handle, gently peel away the skin using your fingers. Place the peeled potatoes in a large mixing bowl.  Then, using a small knife, make a slit lengthwise down the center of each banana.  Gently remove peels and discard.  Add bananas to the bowl with potatoes.
  4. Meanwhile, while potatoes are cooling, bring 3 cups of water to a bowl in a medium saucepan.  Add chopped sugar snaps and boil for approximately 4 minutes.  Drain and add to potato banana mixture.  Add Earth Balance, agave syrup, rosemary, ½ tablespoon of seasoning, salt, and 1 tablespoon of flour.  Mash mixture with a potato masher or fork until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together ½ cup of flour and 1 tablespoon of seasoning.  Set aside.  Divide mashed potato mixture into 4 balls of equal size, dipping them one at a time into the flour mixture.  Cover each ball completely with flour and form into a disc shape using your hands.  Place discs on a parchment paper lined plate.
  6. Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a large cast-iron skillet by ¼ of an inch.  Heat over medium-high heat.  When oil is ready, fry cakes until crispy and golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side.  Set cooked cakes on paper towels and immediately lightly sprinkle with additional spice blend.  Let cool for 2 minutes.  Serve immediately with non-dairy sour cream.

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  1. I love Bubble and Squeak. I like how this recipe came about. I, too, don’t like throwing out leftovers and will sometimes be in a position to come up with a creative twist. This recipe sounds great.


  2. I love the sound of these so much! They have all my favorite spice and ingredients.


  3. I was going to say you came up with a great name before I knew that “bubble and squeak” was already a thing. Either way these look stupendous!


  4. I sometimes use the leftover to the ground meat to make some patties. Love your sweet potato version.


  5. I would have never assumed these beautiful little cakes were made with leftovers. I sure do love it when leftover ingredients transform into something nearly better than the original dishes they derive from. Using sweet potatoes and bananas here sound like an awesome combination. Delish!


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