I love leftovers. I might even prefer them to the actual meal they were left over from.
I love what you can make with them and how when you open your fridge it’s like being handed your ingredients on ‘Ready, Steady, Cook” (Yes I know, 2009 called and they want their TV show back)
I also love the dishes that leftovers normally create – Bubble and Squeak is one of my all time favourites. I like it so much, that sometimes when I have no leftovers to use, I make it from scratch
This is a great little recipe to have up your sleeve for the Christmas holidays, and you can easily play around with the ingredients depending on what leftovers you have. Throw in some chopped ham, roasted carrots or stuffing from the Turkey.
I’ve topped mine with fried quails eggs to add a little touch of glamour, but of course you could use normal hens eggs too and it will be equally good.
- 150g cubed pancetta (of course for herbivores simply leave out the pancetta)
- ⅓ cabbage, shredded ( sliced thinly)
- 150g brussel sprouts, quartered
- 2 x sweet potatoes
- 6 x quails eggs
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 tablespoon of creme fraiche
- Boil your brussel spouts until tender and then drain and set aside.
- I have started cooking my sweet potatoes in the microwave as they literally take about 5 minutes and they are beautifully cooked - or you could bake them in a hot oven, about 200C and cook for 45 mins.
- When the sweet potatoes are cooked, slice in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Take a non stick frying pan and add a little oil and fry your pancetta until lovely and crispy.
- Add a small knob of butter and add the cabbage. Gently fry until it's lovely and soft.
- Tip your brussel sprouts into the frying pan and then add the sweet potato moosh. Give it a really good stir and then stir in the mustard and the creme fraiche. Taste and season with salt and pepper as you think it needs it.
- Turn the heat down to low and then crack the quails eggs on to the top.
- Frying the eggs is easiest if you pop a lid onto the pan so that the eggs can cook in the steam. I don't have a lid so I just place a larger pan onto the top until the whites have turned white.
- Scoop onto plates and devour.