Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Stella's Cabbage Bredie

Bredies come in every shape and form in the Cape. This was one I grew up with and must come from my mother's Cape heritage. It is really simple, but the result is fabulous.


1 large onion, sliced
1 cabbage, sliced
4 potatoes, chopped
1 kg lamb’s neck
Salt and pepper

Brown the onions in a little oil. Brown the lamb’s neck in the onions. If you are using a pressure cooker, add water to the pot and pressure cook for about 20 mins (after the pot reaches pressure). If you are not, you will need to braise the lamb’s neck for about 1 ½ hours (possibly 2!) until it is tender. Only when it is tender, add the chopped potatoes and sliced cabbage, on top of the meat in the pot, place a lid on it and cook on a medium temp until both the potatoes and the cabbage are tender.

Cook until dry, and allow the bottom of the pot to burn a little. (This gives the Bredie its taste). When all is tender (and you should test this) mix it all up. Take it off the heat and allow to stand for about 15 minutes – then stir it again. The browning at the bottom of the pot will now be soft and be willing to be mixed into the dish. Add salt to taste (and it might need quite a bit).

Serve on rice, with Worcester sauce.


  1. Very nice recipe :) my grandmother also adds bacon, potato, mixed herbs and a little dried chilli
    Just an idea if you ever felt like getting experimental with the dish

    1. You should NOT experiment with this traditional dish and you should be SHOT if you serve it with Worcester sauce. Enjoy, it's Lekka!

    2. Experiment thats how invention takes place
      Instead of water use oxo cube with lamb stock
      Wow you will be supprised
      Also the cabbages should not be visible in dish it
      should be fully cook in.
      ex Cape Town str8 guy