Despite multiple trips to Ireland, I have failed miserably at taking an important culinary opportunity. I've read about it, and put it on the agenda, but pudding, scones, and chips always get in the way of Irish Boxty.
This week, as I thought about what Irish food to make in celebration of March 17, I found a beautiful Instagram photo by Edible Ireland. Just like that, my plan was made.
Boxty is a potato pancake. I know that sounds simple enough, but with the right ingredients it is so flavorful and comforting that you may never turn back to baked potatoes or fries. I hate that I missed the opportunity to try authentic boxty in the past. It prevents me from being sure if I have really nailed a recipe, but that doesn't stop me from giving it a try anyway.
We had potato cakes made from leftover mashed potatoes growing up, but now I know - boxty is different. The shredded raw potato mixed with the mashed potatoes gives it texture, and after pan frying there is a crispy, golden edge that is rich with butter flavor. Our version was meat-less, but I have no doubt bacon would make these even better.
I decided not to adapt the recipe at all other than eliminating the bacon, so you can head over to Edible Ireland for the Boxty with Bacon and Scallions recipe. While you are there, take a look around. It is one my favorite new-to-me blogs in 2012.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!