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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Around the World with Pancakes: Irish Boxty

We're trying out pancakes from around the world, looking beyond fluffy pancakes and beyond breakfast food

Just in time for St. Patrick's day, we tried out some tasty Irish boxty. These are traditional Irish potato pancakes that are a typical dish in home cooking in various regions, and have gained popularity in its many versions as an Irish restaurant dish. They're traditionally eaten on St. Brigid's day, in celebration of the beginning of spring. They are so much a part of local culture, they have folk rhymes about them:

"Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make a Boxty, you'll never get a man."

Take a look at these beautiful scenes of Ireland
Locate Ireland on a map; Right, the Blarney Castle in Ireland. Would you kiss the Blarney stone? (Photo credit Heather Elias - CC adapted into a collage)

There are a few different versions of the boxty - some boil it like a dumpling or bake it like a loaf, others include different vegetables and spices in it. They all include raw grated potatoes. This recipe also includes mashed potatoes - and is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes! We served ours two ways, and really liked them both. First, with sour cream and green onions. Then, with butter and sugar. It was a tasty lunch we'll be having again. 

Irish Potato Boxty

Adapted from Irish Central

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes 
  • 1 cup grated raw potatoes
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • butter to fry them in
  • optional to serve: finely chopped green onions, sour cream, sugar
1. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the mashed and grated potatoes, and stir well. 

2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the potato mixture, and stir well.

3. Add the milk and stir to make a batter.

4. Melt butter on medium heat and fry the boxty for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp.

Enjoy with sour cream and green onions, or a little sweeter with butter and sugar!

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  1. I thought about making those this year but our menu was already so full! I will have to try them sometime however because they look so yummy.

    1. These were great for any time - they really make a good lunch.

  2. You know what always amuses me. We so associate potatoes with Ireland, but they're a New World food. That always amuses me, no matter how many times I see a potato recipe for Ireland.

    1. They may be new world - but the Irish have made them their own!


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