French Pommes Aligot (Recipe)

A traditional French dish of cheese and mashed potatoes, this creamy aligot will leave everyone wanting more.
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This Recipe includes

Potatoes Potatoes
cheese Tomme d’Auvergne cheese (you can also use a combination of gruyère and mozzarella if you can’t find Tomme d’Auvergne)
cream Heavy cream (or Philadelphia cream cheese)
salt and pepper Salt and pepper

Why we love it

If you have visited France in winter, you have to may have tried a wonderful dish called “aligot” (pronounced ali-go). It is a dish made from cheese blended into mashed potatoes, with plenty of cream and crushed garlic mixed in.

It originates from the L’Aubrac area in the southern Massif Central in the Occitanie, but has become a popular dish all over France, especially in winter.

Aligot is basically like a cheese fondue, except slightly thicker because of the mashed potato in it. The cheeses in the recipe are traditionally made with the Tomme de Laguiole (Tomme fraîche), or Tomme d’Auvergne cheese.

Aligot served with sausages and green beans
Aligot served with sausages and green beans

Tomme isn’t the easiest to find so other cheeses like the gruyère, cantal, and mozzarella are sometimes used as well.

What to serve with it?

Aligot is often served with the sausages or baked pork chops, or even smoked ham. You can also add a green vegetable likes cooked peas, broccoli or green beans to round off the meal.


What drinks to serve with it?

For drinks, try a Riesling from Alsace or white wine from the Loire, to counterbalance the cheese flavor.

If you don’t like white wine, try a light red wine from Beaujolais. You can read more about French wines here.


Can you store it?

Aligot is not a dish that keeps well, as the cheese will accumulate moisture. It can be kept in the fridge for a day or so, but may lose some of its elasticity. I would not recommend putting it in the freezer.


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pommes aligot

French Pommes Aligot

Nassie Angadi
An easy recipe to make pommes aligot at home.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side dishes
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 406 kcal


  • 4 to 5 medium potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • pounds of Tomme d’Auvergne (or use a combination of gruyère and mozzarella)
  • pinch of salt and pepper


  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters.
  • Place the potatoes in a medium pot and add enough cold water to cover by 2 inches along with a teaspoon of salt.
  • Boil the potatoes over high heat and cook around 15 minutes until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a knife.
  • Purée the potatoes finely using a hand blender, food mill, or food processor.
  • In the same pot, over low heat, stir in the garlic, cream, salt, pepper.
  • Add the cheese slowly into the pot, stirring and mashing the potatoes and cheese together as you go.
  • Continue stirring until the potatoes can be stretched with a spoon like melted mozzarella.
  • Serve while warm.


Serving: 1gCalories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 56mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4g

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