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Tasty Champ Delivers More Than Mashed Potatoes

August 26, 2009

Original upload by
Armida the Diva

by Kat Behling

A traditional Irish peasant dish, Champ is a simple mixture of mashed potatoes and scallions or chives. It’s served in a mound with a well of melted butter in the center and eaten with a spoon, starting from the outside and dipping each tasty spoonful into the buttery center. It’s a quick and easy side dish.


  • 6-8 unpeeled baking potatoes (i.e. Yukon Gold or Russets)
  • 6 chopped fresh scallions or chives
  • 1-1/2 cup milk, cream or half & half
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Boil unpeeled potatoes until tender.
  • In a pot, cover scallions or chives with cream and bring to slow boil; simmer 3-4 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, peel and mash potatoes.
  • Mix potatoes with cream mixture. Beat in 4 tablespoons butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • To serve, spoon the champ into a deep serving dish or four individual bowls; make a well in center and top with remaining butter. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

To reheat: Place in an over-proof dish, cover with foil and reheat in 350 degree oven.

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 1:25 PM

    Sounds delicious! We’ll try it this weekend, with a lovely roast! Thanks for sharing!

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