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Champ
A favorite in pubs, champ is comfort food at its best: a steaming bowl of potatoes mashed with green onions, served with a well of butter in the center for dipping. This warming side dish is the perfect accompaniment to our Roasted Chickens with Bacon (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups lager-style beer
  • 3 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 green onions, white and green portions, thinly sliced
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Pour the beer into the bottom pan of a steamer, place the steamer insert inside and cover the pan. Set over medium heat and bring the beer to a simmer. Add the potatoes to the insert, cover and steam until tender, about 25 minutes.

Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, add the green onions and mash with a handheld masher until the mixture is mostly smooth, with some small pieces unmashed. Add the 4 Tbs. butter, then gradually add the cream, beating constantly with a wooden spoon until the potatoes are creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the 6 Tbs. melted butter into the well and serve immediately. Serves 8.
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