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Champ (food)

Alternative names Poundies
Place of origin Ireland
Main ingredients Mashed potatoes, scallions, butter, milk
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Champ (brúitín in Irish) is an Irish dish,[1] made by combining mashed potatoes and chopped scallions with butter and milk, and optionally, salt and pepper.[2] It is simple and inexpensive to produce. In some areas the dish is also called "poundies".[citation needed]

Champ is similar to another Irish dish, colcannon, which uses kale or cabbage in place of scallions.

The word champ has also been adopted into the popular Hiberno-English phrases, to be "as thick as champ", meaning to be stupid, and to be "as ignorant as champ at a wedding", meaning to be uncultured or boorish (champ being a common everyday dish, not one befitting a banquet celebration).[citation needed]

See also


  1. Carleton, William; O'Donoghue, David James (1896). Traits and stories of the Irish peasantry, Volume 4. London: J. M. Dent & Co. p. 328. 
  2. Allen, Darina (2002). Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook. Gretna, Louisiana (USA): Pelican Publishing Company. p. 182. ISBN 1-58980-036-2.