28 December 2010

Bubble and Squeak with Bratwurst

Ah, a down home dinner that has nothing tussy-mussy about it. As the football season starts to wind its way toward play offs, I am dealing with a guy who is gearing up for a New England Patriots visit to the Superbowl ... gosh, I hope I didn't just jinx the whole deal!

Shreds of cabbage ready for a buttery saute

Bratwurst ready for a beer braise with added bay leaf and caraway seed

Anyway, we tend to make indoor tailgate food during the last part of the football season, so I told SB that I'd do bratwurst for a late dinner. We'll make a big deal of cracking some beers and having our dinner in front of the football game tonight. Rah, rah, rah! I may not be a huge football fan, but I can get excited about good wurst and a couple good side dishes with a cold beer to chase everything.

Buttery cooked cabbage ready for onion saute and mashed potatoes

So ... Bubble and Squeak ... it's an old, old dish. I first encountered it in a cook book on early American cooking. It's a hot buttery fry of shredded cabbage that has mashed potatoes and caramelized onions mixed in to make a crispy crust that binds the cabbage into a basic pancake. I serve it with a sprinkle of nutmeg and caraway seed and a dollop of sour cream, salt, and pepper. I plan to beer braise the bratwurst and have hot mustard on the side for dipping. Sauteed applesauce and cranberries round out the plate ... simple, sweet, and a nice foil to the cabbage and potatoes. Oh ... and a couple slices of dark pumpernickel bread for wiping up the juices and mustard drips.

All this platter needs is a small bowl of sour cream that has a sprinkling of nutmeg and another small bowl of hot mustard for dipping bites of bratwurst. Hmmmm... lecker! Guten appetit!


  1. Great recipe to eat while watching The Pats win the Super Bowl. Huge Patriots fan in this house!!!

  2. Dear Susan - This is just what we all need after the heavy lifting, entertaining. Reminds me of the traditional Irish classic - Colcannon which is my fave sides. And the beer braised brats are plain ole' yummy.

    Glad you had a lovely Christmas!

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  3. I haven't had bubble and squeak in ages. I like the bratwurst addition. Here's to a wonderful 2011 for you!!

  4. looks like a great version of bubble... mine is always just whatever veg are left over from the night before mushed together and then fried... yummy!

  5. Love the name! It popped off the page like a foggy memory. So love knowing other people's food traditions. Thanks Susan! Have a great New Year's celebration.

  6. Looks so yummy Susan! Having lived in Germany for four years, I love all German inspired foods! Thank you for your visit to my site. :)


Anonymous comments will not be accepted. Please be aware that due to spamming concerns, I must be able to track back. Use your Google account ID to comment.