Using Up Holiday Leftovers for Baby

Posted on Dec 28 2008 - 11:22am by Christine

Today we bring you our favourite recipe for using up your leftover veggies from Christmas (or, indeed, from any meal) to create a simple yet yummy baby finger food!

Yes, we’re talking Bubble and Squeak – and for those of you who’ve never heard of it before, it’s a British dish (usually prepared on a Monday – the day after the traditional British Sunday Roast) cooked for years by frugal Mums making the most of their vegetables!

Here’s what you need to do to make Bubble and Squeak for your Baby…


Mash your leftover potatoes, adding a little butter and milk if necessary – but DON’T puree them. They’ll become sticky and difficult to shape. For the same reason, don’t add too much milk – the mixture will be too thin.

Bubble and Squeak is traditionally made with white potatoes – but you can use sweet potatoes instead.


Chop all of your leftover cooked vegetables finely and stir them into the mashed potato. You can use ANY vegetables that you have to hand, as long as your little one has been safely introduced to them first.


Using your hands, form the mixture into shapes that your baby will find easy to manage. 1 inch fingers – or little round ‘patties’ – are perfect!


You have two options for cooking your Bubble and Squeak. One is to fry the fingers/patties in a little olive oil in a frying pan/skillet until golden, turning once. The other is to brush them with olive oil, place on a greased baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 20 mins at 350 deg F (180 deg C) until golden.

Then just cool and serve!

In addition to being a very quick and easy way to use up your leftovers, Bubble and Squeak is also a clever way to sneak a few extra vegetables into your baby’s diet if he is usually unwilling to eat them!

Here are some more links on our site you may find useful…

My baby won’t eat vegetables – what you can do to help

More basic finger food ideas

Delicious baby finger food recipes

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