Since the Irish are so very in love with potatoes, they have several recipes using them. One of the many ways they make use of potatoes is the scallion champ recipe. The traditional Irish champ can be made with fresh or leftover potatoes, so you don’t have to worry about that leftover potatoes in your fridge, you’re about to learn how to make good use of it.
Just like other scallion recipes, this yummy Irish scallion champ is good to go on it’s own. It can be served hot with extra butter that’ll melt right through or you could pop a fried egg on top. It’s also a great side dish, especially for good quality sausages. However you decide to have it, it’ll give you that delicious taste and satisfactory feeling.
Champ is similar to colcannon, except that curly kale is used in colcannon instead of scallions. Also, there are many variations of champ in Ireland, and the scallions can be substituted with parsley, parsnips, leek, chives or even garlic. However, I’ll be sharing the traditional recipe using the green onions. It’s super easy to make and super yummy too.
Ready In: 30mins (Prep time: 10mins, Cook time: 20mins)
Ingredients For Best Traditional Irish Scallion Champ Recipe
- Potatoes (russet or floury Idahos) – 675g
- Green onions (scallions) – 1cup
- Milk – 75ml
- Butter – 55g
- Black/white pepper (freshly ground) – to taste
- Sea salt – to taste
How to Make Best Traditional Irish Scallion Champ
- Peel the potatoes and quarter them. Cook in slightly salted water for about 20 minutes until soft (this can be confirmed by piercing the potatoes with the tip of a shark knife, it should be soft in the middle).
- Roughly chop and finely chop the green and white plates of the green onions respectively, then set aside.
- Drain the potatoes. Place butter into a bowl and add milk. Heat lightly until melted.
- Add potatoes to the mixture and mash until it is smooth and creamy. Be careful not to over mash to prevent ending up with glue potatoes.
- Stir in the finely chopped white part of the green onions till it is well incorporated.
- Season well with the pepper and salt.
- Serve with the roughly chopped green part of the green onions sprinkled on top.
- With the back of a spoon, create a hollow at the center of the champ and place a desirable amount of butter. Enjoy!
- Calories – 165
- Protein – 3g
- Fat – 9g
- Carbs – 20g