One of my absolute favorite things, un vrai aligot de l'Auvergne. I have been doing a lot of cooking lately and I did this last week...this is the ultimate winter potato and cheese experience! Pretty basic ingredients: I used a form of cheese that is like a young cheddar, as in the video below, it was a Tomme Frais de Larzac, but you could use a more aged cheese as well. I have made it using a youngish Cantal, which is very much like a white American cheddar type cheese. You also need a clove or two of garlic and milk and of course, potatoes. You can see the magic happen in the video below. As you start to work the mashed potato and the cheese it develops a "ribbon" or in the vernacular, le ruban de l'amitie. The technique is fairly simple but really theatrical if you have an audience!
Okay, got that? A little something you can try at home, but if you want to be macho, here's how the big boys do it!