Irish Boxty

March 17, 2012

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.

Irish Boxty | Fake Food Free | An easy dish to make for St. Patrick's Day!

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.
Irish Boxty | Fake Food Free | An easy dish to make for St. Patrick's Day!
 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.
Irish Boxty | Fake Food Free | An easy dish to make for St. Patrick's Day!

I decided not to adapt the recipe at all other than leaving out 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!

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  • Michelle March 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Those look great. The raw/cooked mix sounds really interesting. (My mom, too, made pancakes out of leftover mashed potatoes and I always loved them!)

  • Katerina March 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    These are so well shaped and cooked potato patties! Such a lovely way to use left over potatoes!

  • oysterCulture March 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    St. Patty’s day may be gone, but I have this recipe to keep me feeling green til 2013. Thank you!

  • ATasteOfMadness March 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Wow. This looks delicious! Anything potato is a-okay in my book.

  • Joanne March 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I NEVER crave regular potatoes but now I totally am. Apparently I need some boxty in my life! These sound so delicious.

  • Kristin March 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    So glad to hear you enjoyed the boxty, yours look fantastic. Thanks for sharing! x

  • Lori March 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Michelle – The mixture makes for a great final product.

    Katerina – I had some help with the shaping. It helps to use a biscuit cutter. šŸ™‚

    OysterCulture – I’ll likely pull it back out when the summer potatoes start showing up!

    A Taste Of Madness – We are big potato fans too. They get such a bad rap because people only seem to associate them with French fries! šŸ™‚

    Joanne – Yes, you need boxty! šŸ™‚

    Kristin – Thank you for the inspiration!