March 13, 2007

Champ




Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb peeled, cooked potatoes, still hot
1/2 cup milk
2 bunches green onions, green and white parts chopped
butter
salt
white pepper

Directions:
Mash the potatoes, salt, pepper and milk together until fairly uniform in texture. Stir in the green onion. Arrange in a tall pile on a plate then make a well in the middle and top with a pat of butter. Eat from the outside in, dipping bites into the well of butter.


My thoughts:
I wasn't familiar with champ until I saw it on the menu of James Joyce Pub. It didn't come with my meal, so I never found out what it was. Some time after that I was reading a book set in Ireland and from the description, I realized that champ was mashed potatoes with green onions! I also read that champ is some times known as poundies, because "champ" is also a colloquialism that means to bruise or smash and you mash (pound) the potatoes. I had some potatoes sitting around so, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I made champ. It is really simple but satisfying, and I like having butter on top, rather than mixed in. We made mashed potatoes this way when I was a child (no green onions, though!) and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them.

10 comments:

  1. LOVE....! Trying using your champ, with some white cheddar or Dubliner cheese mixed in and then used as a topping on your Shepherd's Pie...! Oh Yeah...St. Patty's Day's coming up and it's on my menu!

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  2. i'm recently discovering all these additions for mashed potatos! wow, something so simple and comforting can be made [sorta] good for you with the addition of veggies. thanks for the idea, and Irish food lesson

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  3. I make my potatos this way and they are delicious

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  4. i LOVE champ....can you get any better than this ?

    Thanks Rachel!

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  5. I never knew this was called champ...

    Surprising since I'm of Irish Descent, and I've had mashed potatoes made exactly this way forever. Now I know what to call them!

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  6. Ooh, those look yummy. I didn't realize there was a name for them! Thanks for enlightening us!

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  7. Those Irish! They can think of a thousand ways to use potatoes. It is great to have an excuse in our carb-averse world to eat champ.... after all, I am celebrating my heritage!

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  8. One word: Yes! That looks divine.

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  9. Rachel- Lovely, classic version of champ. I added it to my colcannon post. Thanks!

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