Cabbage Bredie or Stew Just the way my late mother would make it for all us little Beethams.

This is the one we grew up on and came to love! It is just plain but very tasty simple homestyle cooking at it’s best to enjoy especially during times of winter! Everytime I eat it I have fond childhood memories of sitting around the table together with all my siblings. 😉

Serves: 6    Cooking time: 2.5 – 3 hours.


Note: If pressure cooking lamb, pressure cook 30 minutes on the first simmer ring (At low pressure)



1 kg stewing lamb or mutton

30 ml half butter oil mixture or (15 ml oil plus 15 ml butter)

2 large onions, sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed or a little more if you wish

10 ml salt

Freshly ground black pepper, just a sprinkling

Beef stock or bouillon cube made up with a bit of heated dry white wine ie; Douglas Green Blanc de Blanc

500 g potatoes, sliced or halved. However you wish

1 cabbage, chopped up or shredded

Maggie Fondor or Aromat seasoning (South African) added to taste

Sprinkling of garlic, onion and celery salt

From hereon below all are optional:

1 packet Knorr brown onion soup powder or less sprinkled over to thicken on last-minute before serving but be warned today the product has deteriorated in South Africa. Far better for South Africans today would be the Beef and Onion Soup powder.

Do NOT use Knorr’s Brown Onion! 

250 ml (1 cup) chopped celery

1-2 small carrots, diced or grated

5 ml dill

Nutmeg, freshly grated to taste

White pepper to taste also goes very well in cabbage onion and potato dishes


Heat butter and oil mixture in a large saucepan and saute onions and garlic until transparent.

Add meat and brown quickly. Add your seasonings according to taste a little at a time together with stock and simmer, covered until meat starts to get tender. Add potatoes, cabbage, celery, dill and simmer for 1 hour longer.

Add freshly grated nutmeg to taste if adding.

You may also sprinkle over your soup powder if using. Adjust seasonings and Serve with fluffy white steamed rice. – Enjoy!


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