Scottish Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie

Rumbledethumps is a traditional Scottish pie made with potatoes and cabbage. It's a very comforting side dish that's cheap to make.

Scottish Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie in a casserole dish


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. Little did I know it had a more splendiferous name. If I had I would have used it sooner.

Scotty Brand asked me to share this recipe using their Kestral Potatoes. Everyone loves potatoes, so how could I resist?

What are rumbledethumps?

The name Rumbledethumps originally comes from the Scottish Borders.

The name is supposed to come from the noise the tatties (potatoes) and cabbage make as they are battered about the dish with a wooden spoon.

It's a fabulous name for such a simple farm-style dish, isn't it?

It's a popular dish in Scotland passed down through the generations, although not everyone remembers the name rumbledethumps.

How do you make Rumbledethumps?

Rumbledethumps are very easy to make and a real family favourite. 

Scroll down for step-by-step photos and a printable recipe.

I hope you make these soon.

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians

Scottish Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie


Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie - Step one - mashed potatoes and chives

Step 1: Mashed Potatoes

Mash just-cooked potatoes with fresh herbs and butter (or dairy-free spread) until smooth. No need to create extra washing up, just mash them in the pot you cook them in.

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie - Step two - add cabbage

Step 2: Cabbage

Mix the cooked cabbage into the mashed potatoes and season well with salt and pepper.

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie - Step three - ovenproof dish

Step 3: Ovenproof Dish

Ladle the mixture into a large ovenproof dish and smooth the top.

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & cabbage Pie - Step four - add cheese

Step 5: Topping

Top with the bake with grated cheddar, this can be dairy free cheddar if you are vegan or follow a dairy-free diet and bake in a pre-heated oven until golden.

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & cabbage Pie - Step five - bake and serve

Step 6: Tuck In

Tuck in while it's still hot. This pie is prefect as a hearty side dish, but it's also a really satisfying veggie main served with extra vegetables. 

You could also add some well cooked sausages to the meal, if you don't think sitting down to a plate of veg with more veg is a meal.

Personally I'm happy to eat this with extra veg.

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Yield: 6-8
Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie

Rumbledethumps or Scottish Potato & Cabbage Pie

A traditional Scottish recipe for rumbledethumps, which is a comforting potato and cabbage pie topped with cheese. It can be made vegetarian or vegan.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 55 mins


  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 small to medium green cabbage
  • 5 tbsp butter (or dairy free spread)
  • 20g chives
  • a good grinding of salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 250ml milk (dairy or nut milk)
  • 150g cheddar cheese (or vegan cheddar), grated


  1. Peel the potatoes and cut halves or quarters depending how big they are. Cut the core out of the cabbage and chop it. It doesn't have to be finely chopped. Cook the potatoes and the cabbage in salted water in separate pans .
  2. Bring the pans to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and cook until the potatoes and cabbage are tender, then drain them.
  3. Mash the potato with butter and milk for a smooth finish. Stir in the fresh herbs and the cabbage and season with salt and pepper. I like lots of pepper.
  4. Pile into an ovenproof dish and top with grated cheddar.
  5. Bake at 350°F/180°C or Gas mark 4 for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese golden and the dish it hot all the way through.
  6. Serve and enjoy!


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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.


    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

      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

    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.

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

      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.

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

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

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

    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

    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.

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

      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> :-)

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

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

    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

      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.

    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.

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

    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

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

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

    15. What a hearty & tasty comfort food dish!

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

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

      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 :)

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

      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 :)

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

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

    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?

    21. I wonder if I could do this in a slow cooker?


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