Sunday, December 18, 2011

Trattoria Brown - Thanksgiving Bubble and Squeak

This is a bit of late Thanksgiving post. My favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal with the stuffing. There's nothing better than that bready, buttery, goodness. I look forward to it every year.

Beyond the actual meal, however, there is a special Thanksgiving leftover food that really takes the cake. It's called bubble and squeak. Now, bubble and squeak is a traditional English food made from the leftovers of a roast dinner. Essentially, it's roasted vegetables mixed with potatoes (which acts as a binding agent). The resulting amalgam is made into a disc and pan fried until it's a crispy brown. The "bubble and squeak" actually refers to the sound made while frying.

In the Trattoria Brown version of bubble and squeak, one mixes together mashed potatoes, stuffing, chopped turkey, and whatever roasted vegetables were prepared. One then fashions a hockey puck size disc of this Thanksgiving goodness, flours both sides, and drops the disc into a skillet with melted butter (medium to medium high heat is recommended). Cook each side for approximately two minutes, or until golden brown, then plate. As a finishing touch, spoon over some of your leftover cranberry sauce (or cranberry relish, as prepared at Trattoria Brown), and voila!

Thanks be to the English.

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