I must admit, I'd never heard of Champ until I'd seen the recipe in a Williams Sonoma catalogue but as soon as I saw it I knew I'd love it. I mean, it's mashed potatoes and the potatoes were steamed using lager rather than flavor-less water! Then add LOTS of butter?! You've got yourself a deal!
adapted from a Williams-Sonoma recipe, picture from W-S online
3 cups lager-style beer
3 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
6 green onions, white and green portions, thinly sliced
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- Pour the beer into the bottom pan of a steamer, place the steamer insert inside and cover the pan. Set over medium heat and bring the beer to a simmer. Add the potatoes to the insert, cover and steam until tender, about 25 minutes.
- Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, add the green onions and mash with a handheld masher until the mixture is mostly smooth, with some small pieces unmashed.
- Add the 4 Tbs. butter, then gradually add the cream, beating constantly with a wooden spoon until the potatoes are creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl and make a well in the center. Pour the 6 Tbs. melted butter into the well and serve immediately. Serves 8.