Aligot is a traditional family dish from the Auvergne mountains in France. It is basically a potato purée enriched with cheese and stirred for a long time.
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Last modified on: April 5th 2012

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A few days in the fridge in a sealed container.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 50 min.
Aligot : Photo of step #1
Prepare 1 lb + 1.6 oz potato purée. (Note that the French potato purée is more liquid than British-style mashed potatoes).

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Cut 8.8 oz cheese into thin shreds. A vegetable peeler is the ideal tool for this.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
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On low heat, add a few shreds of cheese to the potato purée.

Stage 4 - 20 min.
Aligot : Photo of step #4
Then stir until the cheese is completely melted.

Repeat this operation until all the cheese has been incorporated.

Stage 5
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Your aligot can be served at this stage, but traditionally, the stirring should be continued (though this is rather tiring) until it becomes stretchy and can be pulled out of the pan.

Stage 6
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Serve piping hot, on its own or with a traditional French sausage, for example.


You can use any cheese of your choice, but for a "real" aligot, you should use a "tome fraiche" from Laguiole.

If you like garlic, add a finely chopped clove at the same time as the cheese.

And to drink?

A red wine such as a Côte d'Auvergne, made from Pinot Noir grapes.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,723 Kcal or 7,214 Kj65 gr98 gr123 gr
86 %25 %9 %19 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
230 Kcal or 963 Kj9 gr13 gr16 gr
11 %3 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
431 Kcal or 1,805 Kj16 gr24 gr31 gr
22 %6 %2 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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