How to make Rumbledethumps

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How to make Rumbledethumps
Potatoes are one of the main ingredients in Rumbledethumps (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

This traditional dish from the Scottish Borders is not only a fun word to say, but it also makes for a quintessential hearty soul warming meal. Ideal for those who are cooking on a budget, Rumbledethumps calls for only several easy to find the main ingredients: cabbage, potatoes and onion.

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Things you need

  • • 600g/1lb 5oz large potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • • 75g/2¾oz unsalted butter
  • • 1 onion, chopped
  • • 1 large green cabbage, finely sliced
  • • 1 small swede (turnip), peeled and chopped
  • • 25g/1oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • • Potato masher

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    Preparation method

  1. 1

    Fill a saucepan with salted water over high heat. Once it starts to boil, add the potatoes and swede, cooking until the vegetables are tender. Drain and return to the pan.

  2. 2

    Heat half of the butter in a pan. Once hot, add the onions and cook until translucent and soft. Then, add the cabbage and cook until it’s tender, but hasn’t lost its green colour.

  3. 3

    Combine the cabbage and onion to the potatoes and swede, mix in the remaining half of butter and mash everything together with a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. 4

    Place the vegetable mashed mixture into a casserole dish and top with the grated cheddar cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

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