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Video:How to Make Rumbledethumps

with Elaine Lemm

Rumbledethumps is a very famous Scottish dish from the border region of Scotland and a great way to use leftover vegetables. Watch this how-to video from to see instructions for making it.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make Rumbledethumps

Today I'm going to show you a Scottish recipe which actually comes from the Border regions of Scotland and it has the delightful name of Rumbledethumps.

What Is Rumbledethumps?

Rumbledethumps like the Irish dish Colcannon and the English dish Bubble and Squeak is a fantastic way of using up left over vegetables.

Ingredients for Rumbledethumps

  • 1lb 5oz/600g potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 14 oz/400g swede or turnip, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 3 oz/75g unsalted butter
  • 9oz/250g Savoy cabbage or Kale, finely sliced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 oz /25g cheddar cheese, grated

Instructions for Making Rumbledethumps

To start our Rumbledethumps the first thing we need to do is into a bowl we need to put the mashed potato and the swede and give those a good stir together. Just put that to one side and into a pan I'm going to melt half of the butter and into the melted butter I'm going to put the cabbage. I'm just going to cook that for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage is soft. The softened cabbage then needs to go into the bowl with the mashed potato and the swede, and a little salt and pepper and the rest of the butter then we mix all of that together. All of that's really mixed together including the butter so now I'm going to put that into an oven proof dish. Smooth the surface and then onto there I'm going to sprinkle the cheese.

Cooking Rumbledethumps

This now needs to go into the oven at 180 degrees Celsius covered with a lid for about 30 minutes until it is heated through. For the last 5 minutes you'll need to take the lid away to allow the cheese to brown.

Oh yes, this looks lovely. All bubbly and golden and that's it, that's all there is to Rumbledethumps. Now you can eat this on its own or it also makes a really great side dish alongside a hearty stew.

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