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Tattie, Cheese & Onion Rumpledethumps


Traditionally in Scotland, Rumpledethumps recipes tend to be potatoes, turnip and other left over veg form the day before.  It can actually be used to use up any leftovers at all, in a similar way to the English Bubble and Squeak Recipe, or the Irish Colcannon.  There are a few times that I’ve wondered what Colcannon is, and now I know.

The one biggest ingredient tends to be left overs mashed up, but mashed tatties (potatoes) tends to make up the bulk of the dish, with vegetables and sometimes meats making up some of the rest.  It can be used as a side potato dish or on its own as a full meal.   For this recipe, I used our favourite Black Bomber Cheese, courtesy of @aberdeenbutcher on Twitter.

Tattie, Cheese & Onion Rumpledethumps

Lesley S Smith
An easily made dish and a fantastic way to use up leftovers from the previous day, or from a Sunday Roast. I made it as a stand alone dish for the kids supper.
Servings 6


  • 5 lbs Tatties Potatoes They must be mashable potatoes, similar to king Edwards, Kestrels, Maris Pipers etc.
  • 2 Onions
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 200 g Grated Black Bomber Cheese
  • Rapeseed or Sunflower Oil


  • Mash boiled potatoes and do not add milk or butter, or the mash will become too soft to work with.
  • Chop up the onions and lightly fry.
  • Add the fried onions, salt, pepper, and the grated cheese to the potatoes.
  • Make round patties with the potatoes.
  • Add them to a pan with hot oil and shallow fry for 5 minutes each side, or until golden brown. If you are using leftovers, the goal is to reheat thoroughly all the way through.
  • Serve as a side dish, an accompaniment, or even as a main dish with salad as a side.

Little Black Bomber Cheese courtesy of:


12 thoughts on “Tattie, Cheese & Onion Rumpledethumps

    1. It was really tasty.

  1. It is making me hungry! 🙂 Thinks time to go home and cook dinner! Very inspired thanks!

  2. I thought I had left a comment on all your posts this week. Hey ho. Fab way of using up bits and bobs in the fridge

  3. remember seeing these on the menu at my local hospital and wondering what they were. love the neatness of your blog and the way you make your recipes printable.

    1. Thank you Elaine. I only recently found the printable version for adding recipes which makes it easier to let them be printable. They’re lovely made with neeps and some skirlie.

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