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To the Irish, potatoes still reign as Champ

December 21, 2005 - B y BILL MILLIGAN

For the Call

Mashed potatoes with green onions were what my grandfather meant when he said champ.
My grandfather was so Irish he never lost his brogue. Having been born in Canada, my dad never had a speech impediment.

Talking like an Englishman made it hard enough to understand my grandfather. Misusing words made it harder.

Take "champ'' for example. Normal people think Muhammad Ali is the champ. When my grandpa said champ he was talking about mashed potatoes. But not just any mashed potatoes. He wanted green onions chopped and mixed in them and a pat of butter melting in the middle.

Eat the champ dipping each bite in the melting butter.


2 pounds yukon gold potatoes

cup cream

stick butter

1 bunch green onions

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes, or until tender.

The potatoes cook faster if you cut them to pieces and increase the surface area exposed to hot water.

Bring cream and butter to a simmer in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring often.

Slice green onions and place in milk mixture. Remove from heat, cover and let steep as potatoes boil.

Drain potatoes. Return to pot and mash. Add cream mixture as you're mashing and blend completely. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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