Aligot


 

Aligot

Aligot is a delightful French dish from the Auvergne that combines mashed potatoes with cheese, resulting in a rich, creamy, and stretchy texture. It's a comfort food that's perfect for colder weather.
When I was seventeen, I joined some French friends from Rouen for a walking holiday in the Gorges du Tarn in southern France. In one small town (or was it a village), we ate dinner in a local cafe and were puzzled by the slowness of the service - not just for us but all diners. Just before the main course was served, the cook appeared with what looked like an old tin bath filled with a white, steaming cheesy dough. He held a pair of wooden tongs in one hand and stopped at every table to pull a stringy strand of 'dough' from the tin bath, which he cut off with a pair of scissors. He then cut off a lump of 'dough' onto the head of each male at each table while making a big speech in French, which I did not understand. I asked my friends to explain, but they had not understand his thick southern French accent either, so I never did find out what was behind this strange ritual. All they could tell me was that the 'dough' was called Aligot. At least, I learned the reason for the slow service, which was to get all diners ready for the Aligot experience.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 800 kcal

Equipment

  • Large saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 kg Maris Piper potatoes (peeled and chopped into chunks)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 300 ml creme fraiche (or double cream)
  • 125 g butter
  • 150 g grated cheese (Tomme d'Auvergne or Tomme de Laguiole)

Seasoning - to taste

  • 1 tsp rock salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Boil the potatoes in a large sauce of salted water until they are tender. Drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot.
  • Add most of the minced garlic, creme fraiche (or double cream), and butter to the saucepan with the potatoes. Mash everything together until smooth.
  • Place the pot over low heat and slowly add the grated cheese while stirring continuously in one direction.
  • Keep stirring until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture has a smooth and stretchy texture.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix some of the remaining garlic some creme fraiche and serve separately as a dip

Notes

Serve the aligot as a side dish with sausages, grilled meats, or as a comforting meal on its own. Enjoy this creamy and cheesy French delicacy!
Keyword aligot, creamy, garlic
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