Easy Traditional Irish Champ

A bowl of traditioal Irish champ

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
165 Calories
9g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 165
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 3g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Irish love potatoes and there are numerous recipes using them. Champ, like colcannon, is another way of using potatoes either fresh or leftover and this Irish champ recipe shows just how easy it is to make from scratch.

It is a great side dish that can be served alone or as you would do with bubble and squeak—pop a fried egg on top.


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  • 22 ounces/675 grams potatoes (floury Idahos or russets, peeled and quartered)
  • 1 cup green onions
  • 2 ounces/55 grams salted butter
  • 2 to 3 ounces/50 to 75 mL milk
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Simmer the potatoes in lightly salted water until cooked (when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, the potato is soft in the middle). This will take about 20 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.

  2. Finely chop the white part of the green onions and roughly chop the green part. Set aside.

  3. Drain the potatoes in a colander. Place both butter and milk into the same pan and heat gently until melted.

  4. Add the potatoes back to the pan and mash until smooth and creamy. Be careful of over mashing as the potatoes can end up gluey.

  5. Add the finely chopped white part of the onion and mix well.

  6. Season well with the salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the green part of the onion sprinkled on the top.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.