Champ -- a Mashed Potato Dish (Ireland)

"This recipe comes from the 1983 cookbook, Traditional British Cooking."
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  • In lightly salted boiling water, cook potatoes until just tender, about 15-20 minutes, then drain.
  • In a saucepan over low heat, cook the onion in buttermilk for 5 minutes.
  • Add onion & buttermilk to potatoes & mash well, to a creamy consistency.
  • Finely chop green onions & beat into the potato mixture along with the butter, then season with salt & pepper, to taste.

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  1. I scaled this back for 2 serves and used Carisma potatoes (a low GI potato) and found there was plenty for 3 of us, made as per instructions to create a lovely smooth and tasty mash. Thanks to weekend cooker for the recommendation and Sydney Mike for posting, made for I Recommend tag game.
  2. Loved this dish. The slight tang from the buttermilk gives it it's uniqueness. You get a nice crunch from the onions. I whipped mine till it was smooth but next time I think I will just mash them so there's a bit more texture. I threw them under the broiler for a few minutes to give them a nice brown color. Yum! Thanks for posting. :)
  3. I believe that this was the first time adding onions to mashed potatoes, really enjoyed it. Also liked the idea of buttermilk added here too. It really gave this AN EXTRA ZING to it. Have to put this in my files. Would be great for that weeknight hurry up dish for us and the kids. Definately a Zaar Stars hit.
  4. Finally a recipe that is really Irish Champ. We always peeled the potatoes and also added some parsley. Thanks again for a great contribution.
  5. This was the first champ recipe I've tried that used buttermilk instead of regular milk. It gave a slight tang to the potatoes but the onions offset the flavors perfectly. Easy to make, too! PS I am much too lazy to peel potatoes unless they are russets. Thanks for posting. Reviewed for Veg Swap 19-2010.



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