Bubble and Squeak

I cooked a lovely ham for New Years dinner. That left us with a couple of pounds of ham and a nice soup bone. I was searching for something a bit different to do with the left over ham and found this. Of course, I had to tweak it to suit. This is quite a ways from the original bubble & Squeak (or the Irish version is called Colcannon) but they are all based on leftovers.








1 medium head cabbage, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
3 slices bacon, diced
1 12oz bag frozen pearl onions, thawed (or 1 cup diced yellow onion)
1/2 Pablano or green pepper, washed, seeded and diced
1.5 cup cubed cooked ham
1 Tbs butter or plant based butter
4 cups potatoes – cooked but still firm, cooled and thinly sliced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Tajin spice
1 cup grated cheddar, (optional)
4 scallions or 1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro (optional)
Salt substitute and coarse ground pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan, cook cabbage in a small amount of water and olive oil for about 5 minutes, staring often until cabbage is cooked, fairly limp and starting to brown. Drain, and set aside.
  2. In a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, cook bacon, pablano pepper and onion until onion is soft and bacon is cooked. Add ham, and cook until heated through. Set aside
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Add butter to skillet, then potatoes. Add salt substitute, pepper, paprika, and tajin spice. Cook, stirring gently until potatoes are browned.
  5. Mix the cabbage, bacon/pepper/onion/ham mix and seasoned potatoes together gently in a casserole dish ( I used a dutch oven)
  6. Place dish on the middle rack in the oven.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove dish from oven, stir and check to see if the potatoes are soft enough, Return to the dish to the oven checking every ~15 minutes until potatoes are done.
  8. When the potatoes are done, sprinkle grated cheddar over the top of the dish (if you choose) and return to in the oven.
  9. Bake until cheese is fully melted and bubbling or top is starting to brown..
  10. Remove from oven and serve hot. Garnish with sliced scallions or chopped cilantro.