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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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Champ is a traditional Irish dish that is served piled high and usually eaten with a spoon. A well is made in the centre of the potato and melted butter poured into the hole. Other names for this dish are ‘thump’ or ‘stelk’. The late Irish food writer Theodora Fitzgibbon suggested that the name ‘champ’ originated in the northern counties and the dish included nettle tops or chives. She gave the name ‘cally’, ‘poundies’ or ‘pandy’ for the traditional mixture of mashed potatoes with onion, mi