Friday, April 1, 2016

Aligot - Mashed Potato with Cheese

This month is going to be completely French cuisine. We, the blogging marathoners are kick starting this April month's blogging as a month blogging with Journey through the cuisines as this month's theme. Every year, we make sure that both April and september as a whole month of blogging marathon with different interesting themes. Again this year we are going to run with 4 weeks of blogging marathon either with regional cuisines or with International cuisines. Without any hesitation, i went with International cuisines and i picked French cuisine for this month's blogging marathon.Apart from X and U alphabets, it was quite easy for me to pick dish's names starting with remaining Alphabets.For the first day of this month's blogging marathon, i went with this ultimate cheese loaded mashed potato called Aligot. This dish is quite popular in L'Aubrac (Aveyron, Cantal, Lozère, Midi-Pyrénées) region in southern Massif Central of France.

Aligot, mashed potato with cheese

Aligot is made from mashed potatoes blended with butter, cream, crushed garlic and melted cheese. This dish is ready when it has a smooth and elastic texture.Aligot, this dish was prepared for pilgrims especially during winter on their way to Santiago de Compostela which is commonly known as Santigo, this city's cathedral is quite popular for pilgrimage. Today this dish is enjoyed for village gatherings and for many more celebrations as a main dish.Aligot is cooked still in Aveyron, by hand at home and they are sold as street foods in many street markets of this region. Traditionally this French country speciality is served with sausages and red wine.But we enjoyed this cheesy mashed potato with grilled chicken wings for our lunch and just loved it.Though this dish is loaded with cheese,cream and butter, this aligot tastes simply fabulous especially when the weather is too down outside.

Aligot, cheesy mashed potato

1/2kg Potatoes
200grams Tomme/emmental cheese (grated)
1cup Milk
30grams Butter
2tbsp Fresh thick cream
1no Garlic clove
Pepper powder

Cook the potatoes with enough salt in hot water, once the potatoes gets cooked, put off the stove.

Peel the cooked potatoes and mash it with masher.

Add in the finely crushed garlic and transfer the mashed potato to a pan.

Mashed Potato with Cheese, Aligot

Add in the butter, milk, fresh cream and keep stirring.

Finally add the salt, pepper powder, slowly add the grated cheese slowly to the mashed potato, cook in simmer until the cheese gets well mixed with the mashed potato.

Serve hot with grilled meats or salad.

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Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, what a cheesy beginning to the mega marathon. You are our French queen and I am so looking forward to reading your French inspired recipes. Between, I would never mind such a creamy mashed potato. Looks wonderful!

Priya Srinivasan said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful priya! ! Looks Yumm! ! Must be a great accompaniment with meat and salad.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

Priya , i had a intuition that you would be doing French , fantastic choice , and what an amazing start . Love those cheesy potatoes . Look so tempting .

Sapana Behl said... Reply To This Comment

You have chosen very interesting theme for the marathon Priya.Looking forward to see A-Z French recipes.Mashed potatoes looks so creamy and rich.

Amara Annapaneni said... Reply To This Comment

French Cuisine -- Very Curious to see the list of delicious dishes coming our way.. The cheesy mashed potatoes looks soooo yummy

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow French cuisine sounds interesting. Waiting for your other recipes. This recipe is great. Potato and cheese yum yum yum...

Biny's Recipes said... Reply To This Comment

rich and creamy version of mash

Usha Rao said... Reply To This Comment

Mashed potato is very creamy and am looking forward to all your yummy French food for the next 4 weeks.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

This must be yum loaded with cheese and cream. Your pictures are drool worthy.

Pavani N said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, month full of French recipes sounds great Priya. Looking forward to all your French creations. This potato dish looks amazing.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, so wonderful to know you picked up French cuisine..can't wait to read all about it..and this potato looks so sinful!

Kalyani said... Reply To This Comment

choix parfait avec la cuisine française , priya ! Look forward to all exquisite french recipes :))

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Looking forward to all your French recipes Priya. This mashed potatoes loaded with cheese looks so inviting..

Padma Rekha said... Reply To This Comment

Good choice Priya Potato and cheese is a perfect combination. This one looks so creamy yummmm.

The Pumpkin Farm said... Reply To This Comment

cheesy start priya...and am expecting a riot of french foods ....u will rock as always am sure...

Padmajha PJ said... Reply To This Comment

I knew you would choose French cuisine! Now I am excited to see what you will be posting for the rest of the month. This dish sounds fantastic Priya..

J.L. Campbell said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Priya,
I haven't tried this before but it sounds delicious!

Ruchi Indu said... Reply To This Comment

Wow French cuisine. Looking forward to all you recipes this month and I am drooling here after looking at the clicks. This would be a perfect breakfast recipe...

Smruti Shah said... Reply To This Comment

Priya, a month full of French recipes sounds awesome. Looking forward to a ton of interesting recipes. Amazing start to the marathon!

Nalini's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Nice theme,looking forward to your French recipes..Mashed potatoes look so creamy.

Harini-Jaya R said... Reply To This Comment

I think this is the French counterpart for the American Mashed potatoes ! My kids love it! Looking forward to all the French dishes..

Saraswathi Tharagaram said... Reply To This Comment

These seriously look so yummy! I feel like they would be great with grilled meat or veggies!

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

what a fabulous theme - and this looks like a sinfully decadent cheesy potato - perfect for the holidays - will have to make this version next thanksgiving

Nisha Sundar said... Reply To This Comment

Such a creamy delight and a lovely start to the marathon! Waiting for your other recipes Priya!!

veena krishnakumar said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Priya! So we get to see authentic French cuisine this month. Looks amazing and a great start to this marathon

rajani said... Reply To This Comment

A wonderful start to the mega BM! Looking forward to all the French treats ahead :-)

A Kamalika Krishmy said... Reply To This Comment

Its cheesy, and looks so so yummmy... am sure to gain pounds with this... what all it has , cheese, potato, butter and milk.. sigh priya