Bubble and squeak cakes with poached eggs

Bubble and squeak cakes with poached eggs
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 10 plus chilling
  • Cook time: 15
  • Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Syns per serving:

This easy recipe is a brilliant way to avoid wasting sprouts and makes a deliciously Free light meal at the same time!


  • low-calorie cooking spray
  • ½ leek, thinly sliced
  • 350g leftover boiled floury potatoes, such as King Edward, chopped into small chunks
  • 175g leftover cooked Brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 eggs*


  1. Spray a small non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a low heat. Add the leek, 1 tsp water and some seasoning, then cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until just soft.
  2. Put the boiled potatoes into a large bowl and crush them with the back of a fork. Mix in the sprouts and leek and season to taste.
  3. Shape the mixture into 4 cakes, each about 2.5cm thick, by pressing the mixture into an 8-9cm plain pastry cutter. Place them on a plate, cover and chill for 1 hour.
  4. Half-fill a large deep frying pan with water and bring to a gentle simmer. The water is ready for the eggs when you can see just a few bubbles rising from the base. Add the vinegar and a good pinch of salt.
  5. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the bauble and squeak cakes and fry for about 5 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden.
  6. Meanwhile, break the eggs one at a time into a ramekin or teacup and slide them into the bubbling water. Leave them to poach for 3 minutes, then lift them out with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on kitchen paper.
  7. Put the cakes on to warmed plates and top with the eggs. Sprinkle the eggs with a little seasoning and serve hot with your favourite vegetables or salad.

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