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Champ recipe (Side Dish)

Yield: 4 servings

8   medium potatos, peeled
some   small bunch of scallions (spring onions)
½ cups milk
some   salt and pepper to taste
some   knob of butter per person

Posted by Margo on Mar 13, 2008


Champ is a simple warming dish which is cheap, easy to produce and very filling. When I was a child we used to have it at Halloween Champ for dinner. A silver sixpenny piece wrapped in greaseproof paper would be buried in it. To find it in your portion was to gring good luck for a year - quite apart from the temporary wealth.

The best way to prepare the potatoes is to cook them in a steamer and then pass them through a food mill. Alternatively, boil until soft but not mushy, drain and return them to the heat to dry somewhat before mashing. In any case keep hot. Chop the scallions finely, both green and white parts, and cook for 5 minutes in the milk. Beat this mixture into the mashed potatoes until smooth and fluffy, season to taste and serve a large mound on each plate with a good knob of butter melting into the top. Each forkful is dipped into the melted butter as it is eaten. Very good with a glass of cold milk.

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