Serves a Crowd

Colonel Mustard's Bubble and Squeak

March  8, 2014
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This version of bubble and squeak replaces the traditional Brussels sprouts or cabbage with peppery mustard greens, and uses potatoes that you cook specifically for this purpose. And the name? Well, that's just the sort of meandering my brain does when I am out walking Ginger -- it occurred to me that Colonel Mustard would need a hearty dish like this after a busy day of either solving or committing murders. —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a hearty, flavorful side dish -- salty, tangy, and a little crunchy from the bacon and the crust of the potato cake in the pan. I like the use of mustard greens as well as mustard in condiment form. The mustard greens' flavor mellows in the pan, but you still get a little bite, which adds a nice contrast. As is, it takes little time to prepare, and it could be assembled even faster if you add the greens directly to the onion and garlic and then turn everything out together instead of cooking separately. —Annie "Smalls"

  • Serves 4
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 5 large mustard green leaves (I used the flat kind)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil
In This Recipe
  1. Scrub the potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. Boil them in heavily salted water until they are very soft. Drain and allow them to steam and cool.
  2. Wash the mustard greens, chop off the tough ends of the stems, and chop them (I keep most of the stem in there). Dice the onion and chop the garlic.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized non-stick skillet. Add the bacon and cook it until crisp, then remove it to a paper towel to drain. Toss the onions into the bacon fat and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the garlic and cook until they are soft. Remove them to a bowl. Now cook down the greens until the are soft -- you will need to work in batches. When the pan runs out of bacon fat, add another splash of olive oil. Put the cooked greens in with the onions and garlic. Now add the potatoes, mustard, and pepper (about 6 to 7 turns) to the greens and stir and mash everything together. Crumble up the bacon and mash that in too. Try to get the potatoes mostly mashed up, with a few chunks left. Taste for salt and pepper, and add more if you'd like.
  4. Now add yet another dash of olive oil to the pan and put it over medium heat again. Add in the potato-ey, green-y mixture and press it into the pan to flatten it into a cake. Allow it to cook until it is nicely browned -- you can use a spatula to peek under there and see how it's coming along. When it's brown, turn off the heat. Cover the pan with a plate (with the serving side facing the potatoes) and carefully flip the whole thing so your browned side is facing up. Admire. Eat.

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