Recipe: Leek Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak is a classic weeknight meal, often associated with Boxing Day brunches and leftover Sunday lunches. This recipe is a really fun way to revive leftover mashed potato and use up any extra leeks you have hanging around at the bottom of the fridge (not that you should with all the leek recipes!!). The mint sauce gives a herby kick to the creamy potato mixture, complimented well by the slightly crunchy bite of the leek. With a good side of greens, this is a comforting and nutritious meal to get you through these last days of winter.


  • Chopping board and knife
  • Medium saucepan with lid
  • Masher
  • Medium frying pan
  • Spatula 


For the Mashed Potato:
  • 3 medium sized Potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters 
  • 1 Tbsp Vegan Butter
  • Splash Plant Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Bubble and Squeak:
  • Mashed Potatoes (made as above)
  • 1 Large Leek, halved and finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Mint Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


For Mashed Potato:

Rinse your potatoes under cold water for a minute to remove excess starch, then add to a medium saucepan and cover completely with water. Add a good amount of salt (1-2 Tbsp if you like to measure) and place a lid over the pan. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, displace the lid and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, or until a sharp knife can easily penetrate the thickest part of a potato.

Drain and allow to sit for a minute to reduce excess moisture. Add your butter and a splash of plant milk (I used oat), then mash until no lumps remain and you’re left with smooth, creamy potatoes. Season to taste.

For the Bubble and Squeak:

Add your chopped leeks and mint sauce to the mashed potatoes, and stir until everything is well-combined. Test the mixture for seasoning, then place your frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in your oil and allow to get up to temperature for just a minute.

When everything is hot, spoon about a cup’s worth of the mixture into the pan, and press to flatten with the back of the spatula. Allow to fry for 3-4 minutes, then flip. If the mixture doesn’t quite stay together, it’s no worry, just continue to turn it every two minutes or so until you get the desired amount of crispy.

Once golden brown, serve with a side of greens and enjoy!

Published by Jess

Aspiring Journalist and Blogger

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