Champ (food)

Champ (brúitín in Irish) is an Irish dish of mashed potatoes with scallions, butter, and milk.[1]

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Alternative namesPoundies
Place of originIreland/Northern Ireland
Main ingredientsmashed potatoes, scallions, butter, milk


Champ is made by combining mashed potatoes and chopped scallions with butter, milk and optionally, salt and pepper.[2] It was sometimes made with stinging nettle rather than scallions.[3][4] In some areas the dish is also called "poundies".[5]

Champ is similar to another Irish dish, colcannon, which uses kale or cabbage in place of scallions, champ is popular in Ulster whilst colcannon is more so in the other 3 provinces of Ireland. It was customary to make champ with the first new potatoes harvested.[2]

The word champ has also been adopted into the popular Hiberno-English phrases, to be "as thick as champ", meaning to be ill-tempered or sullen,[6] or stupid.[7]


The dish is associated with Samhain, and would be served on that night. In many parts of Ireland, it was tradition to offer a portion of champ to the fairies by placing a dish of champ with a spoon at the foot of a hawthorn.[2]

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  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. ^ a b c Mahon, Bríd (1998). Land of milk and honey : the story of traditional Irish food and drink. Dublin: Mercier Press. pp. 138–140. ISBN 1-85635-210-2. OCLC 39935389.
  3. ^ Allen, Darina (2018-05-05). "In the kitchen we discover more and more ways to enjoy nettles". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  4. ^ Geary, Mairéad (2020-03-21). "An Irish Mammy's recipe for champ, the traditional Irish potato dish". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  5. ^ "poundies". Irish Slang Sayings, Words & Terms. Archived from the original on 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  6. ^ "champ - Hamely Tongue". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  7. ^ "BBC - Northern Ireland - Voices". Retrieved 2020-10-29.