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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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aligote an unusual dish of mashed potato in which very fresh cantal cheese is melted, the whole then being vigorously beaten to produce a smooth elastic texture. The elasticity of this dish, which is a speciality of Auvergne, is such that a pair of scissors has to be provided when it is served.

The success of the dish depends on choosing suitable potatoes; on using butter and cream when mashing them, to produce a very rich and smooth texture; and on the rapidity as well as the vigour of the beating.