Champ (food)

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Champ
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Alternative namesPoundies
Place of originIreland
Main ingredientsMashed potatoes, spring onions, butter, milk, cheese

Champ (brúitín in Irish) is an Irish dish,[1] made by combining mashed potatoes and chopped spring onion with butter, milk, cheese and optionally, salt and pepper. As recently as the mid-20th century it was sometimes made with stinging nettle rather than spring onions but this is rarely seen now. It is simple and inexpensive to produce. In some areas the dish is also called "poundies[2]".[citation needed]

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

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]

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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. ^ "poundies". Irish Slang Sayings, Words & Terms. Retrieved 2015-12-17.