27 April 2012

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie


This is a recipe I found on the Scotty Brand website. As Scotty Brand kindly sent me some Kestral Potatoes to try, it seemed fitting that I try out one of the recipes they suggested.  

Rumbledethumps! Aren't they immediately appealing? What a name. Without knowing it, I ate this dish a lot as a child and cooked a variation of it as an adult. The only difference is we called it potato and cabbage pie.

Photo courtesy of Scotty Brand
The name Rumbledethumps originally comes from the Scottish Borders. The name is supposed to come from the noise the tatties and cabbage make as they are battered about the dish with a wooden spoon.

I have a sad tale for you. My computer died and I cannot retrieve the photos of the final dish after it was topped with cheese, baked and all beautiful and golden. Luckily I still had some photos of the dish before it was baked.



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Rumbledethumps
or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie

A traditional Scottish dish made of potatoes, cabbage and onion, topped with cheese and baked in the oven.
Ingredients
  • 900g potatoes
  • 1 small green cabbage
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 32g chives
  • a good grinding of salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 240ml milk
  • 130g cheddar cheese, grated
Instructions
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Core the cabbage and chop coarsely. Put the potatoes and cabbage in separate pans, and cover with lightly salted water.2. Bring each pan to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until each vegetable is very tender. Drain.3. Mash the potato with butter, adding enough milk to create a smooth texture. Stir in chives and cabbage and add salt and pepper, to taste4. Place in buttered baking dish, and sprinkle with grated cheddar. It can be baked now or refrigerated overnight at this point.5. Bake at 350°F/180°C or Gas mark 4 for 15-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the dish is completely heated through
Details
Total time: Yield: serves 6



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Disclosure Statement: I received potatoes from Scotty Brand to cook with. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

37 comments:

  1. you see we just don't really eat a huge amount of potatoes in this house but this dish is CALLING out to me!... so simple and so tasty... and yes, the most excellent of names... thanks for the blog link, what a brilliant idea to name-check other bloggers... I think I'm going to start doing this too... generous as always honey x

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    1. Hey Dom, It is a hugely comforting dish, so you should try it. I do try to link to other bloggers when I remember and thanks x

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  2. Sounds yummy and looks gorgeous.
    I don't see the cabbage in the recipe, and it didn't really show up in the picture, either. I don't know how they'd go together, so if you *did* put cabbage in, it settled all right? Cabbage is one of those things which I love, but which D. only eats in coleslaw, so this is a recipe that might work well for both.

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    1. Also, I'm so sorry about your computer!! What a pain...

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    2. Hey Tanita, what a twit I am. I have added the cabbage in now. Thanks for spotting that. The cabbage is just mixed in with the mash and chives. The cabbage is finely shredded and very pale. It is the smooth pale green cabbage I used rather than the darker green frilly style cabbage, so you don't really see it when it is mixed in, but you do taste it.

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  3. I love cabbage and this recipe sounds as a very nice way to eat them: combined with potatoes and chives!

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    1. .... and don't forget the melted cheese :)

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  4. What and easy and yummy idea!!
    Poor ingredients and a great result...
    Have a nice evening

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    1. Thanks Manu, it is rather special. You have a good night too :)

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  5. What a shame you didn't get the final photos Jac....BUT,even so, the photos you have posted are LOVELY! And I DO love Rumbledethumps, it's one of my families favourites! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen and yes, it is rather gorgeous!

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  6. Oh what a lovely dish. Always think of this as Irish, but after having watched Our Food about Scotland yesterday, I now realise the potatoes were just as important in Scotland as in Ireland. When I make this, it doesn't look half as good as yours.

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  7. Oh and very sorry to hear about your computer and photos - what a big pain!

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    1. It happened to us once before and Graham has a gadget to use, but he never puts anything away where it should go, so after not using it for years, he doesn't actually have a clue where it is, sheesh!

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  9. My sister-in-law makes this every Burns Night with Haggis and Neeps. Delcious> :-)

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    1. That sounds like a great tradition to have Jen :)

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  10. I am sorry about the demise of your computer Jacqueline. It reminds me that I need to save, save, and backup my photos!

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    1. Definitely Val, it is too easy to forget.

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  11. I made rumbledethumps a few years ago and loved it but I think I had so much of it that I was a bit sick of it by the time I finished it. I mostly loved the name, though. The scots really do know how to twist your tongue.

    Sorry to hear about your computer - hope you didn't lose too many photos or other documents - and glad you are able to find a computer to post this - so hard to keep backing up - I do it occasionally but not often enough

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    1. We got a new but cheaper laptop, so we could get an ipad too. Laptops are so much cheaper now. I have joined dropbox so I can save online as I go.

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  12. Love the look of that Jac - but then anything covered with melted cheese would get my vote! I hope you're managing after your computer died - it's so frustrating to lose pictures.

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    1. I am hoping hubby will be able to retrieve them :)

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  13. Ooh yum, I have all the ingredients in the fridge I think. I tried mash with wild sorrel this week, so that might be a nice twist to try too. I adore cabbage, especially Savoy. Thanks for linking up, too! x

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    1. That's ok, it seemed to be a good fit for your challenge :)

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  14. yummy - this looks delicious Jac - I love a good potato and veg pie- thanks for posting this!!

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    1. Simple is sometimes the best, isn't it Clare?

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  15. What a hearty & tasty comfort food dish!

    Rich & great in real flavours too! :) MMMMM,..!

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    1. You should give it a try Sophie :)

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  16. Hope your computer gets better soon. This looks lovely - I am a cabbage and potato fiend so this is right up my street

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    1. We gave up on it and bought another laptop CC, now we just have to get our files off the old one.

      Potato and cabbage go together so well, I understand why you love the combo so much :)

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  17. Can food get any more comforting? Delicious and just right in this wintery spring weather.

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    1. It is definitely comfort food and yes, the weather is really shocking just now, although I am looking at our garden and the blossom tree is covered in pink blossom, it is so pretty :)

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  18. looks really nice and filling, good economy dish too.

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  19. I love the name. Sounds like another great way to combine potatoes and cabbage (an amazing combination).

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  20. This looks delicious! I love potatoes and probably eat more than I should. I also love the name of the dish. Sorry to hear about your computer - very sad indeed. Hope its all ok now?

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x