This week over at Rocks in my Dryer, WFMW is themed - Recipes using five items or less.
I love champ, it's easy, cheap and absolutely gorgeous, all by itself.
Floury potatoes, enough for your family. I usually use five good sized potatoes, the ones that fill the palm of your hand.
Scallions (spring onions) - one onion for each potato, finely sliced into little rings, green and white. You can get fancy with this if you like by cutting them at an angle.
Butter - don't try to skip this, it ain't champ if it doesn't have butter.
Milk - about half a cup for the amount of potatoes above.
Peel, cube and cook potatoes until tender.
Strain the water away from the potatoes and leave in the pot or in a colander uncovered to allow any remaining water to steam off.
In the meantime, put milk and scallions into a pan and bring to the boil, turn off heat and leave to rest.
Mash the potatoes until smooth and add milk and scallions and beat into the potatoes, add butter and beat again and season to taste.
Serve all by itself, as a side or use leftover cold champ to make fishcakes. This is great with good pork sausages.
The kitchen bar in Belfast used to serve champ in a pile, with a well made in the centre and a raw egg yolk cracked in and covered over with the potatoes. It would be left to sit for a few minutes to allow the heat from the potatoes to just barely cook the egg yolk and then eaten. It was beautiful. They don't do it anymore, it's up to you if you want to try it. You need to be pretty confident about your eggs for this one, although a soft poached egg on top is just as good.
There you go five items or less *ahem ... not counting the seasoning*
Give it a try and let my know how you get on. This recipe works for me and for more recipes which work for other people, take a look at WFMW over with Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer.
Also for more great recipes using potatoes, rice, pasta and bread check out the Frugal Food Series at Frugal Upstate.