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Boxty - Irish Potato Griddle Cakes

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Boxty Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

Boxty

Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
This is a savoy pancake recipe made with mashed potatoes and onions.

ShadoeRose suggests serving these with tart apple sauce or as part of an Ulster Fry with bacon, fried sausage, fried eggs, black pudding and soda bread.

Thanks to ShadoeRose for posting this recipe in the Forum.

From an Irish Folk Rhyme:
Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan; if you can't make a boxty, you'll never get a man.


Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound raw potato, grated
  • 1/2 pound leftover, unseasoned mashed potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • milk

Preparation:

Mix the grated and mashed potatoes with the onion. Stir in the flour and egg. Preheat lightly greased griddle or frying pan. Add enough milk to potato mixture for a thin enough batter that will drop from a spoon. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to spoon out batter onto griddle. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
ShadoeRose suggests serving these with tart apple sauce or as part of an Ulster Fry with bacon, fried sausage, fried eggs, black pudding and soda bread.

Notes in the Margin:
The Boxty in the photo is prepared more like hushpuppies. Instead of adding the extra milk to make thin batter, balls of flavored potatoes are rolled in egg and then in a seasoned breadcrumb. They are then deep fried. Too add a little more flavor to Boxty, add some shredded cheddar cheese to the batter. I ate these at McQuires Irish Pub in Pensacola, Florida. They were excellent!
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