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Traditional Irish Boxty Recipe

Learn how to make traditional Irish potato pancakes.  This easy boxty recipe is as tasty as any in Ireland, perfect for St. Patricks Day or everyday.

Authentic and traditional Irish Boxty, a tasty potato pancake from Ireland. Don't just make this recipe for St. Patricks Day, it's too good!

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The potato is my favorite vegetable.  It’s probably yours too if you are smitten with french fries.  It’s amazing to think about how many different ways we cook potatoes.

We fry them for french fries, latkes, hash browns, and diced with onions.  We boil them for mashed potatoes, soup and served as whole boiled baby potatoes.  We roast them on a sheet pan, bake them in the oven and smother them with butter, sour cream and chives.  I am sold on almost any recipe that includes potatoes, especially if it’s the main ingredient.

This recipe is my new favorite.  Fortunately hubby gave this Irish food two thumbs up because he is going to see this regularly plated out for him.  This potato pancake re-heats really well. I have tried it both in the microwave and throwing it on a hot griddle, it didn’t lose flavor or texture.  I do like reheating in a pan much better though, no need to add oil, there’s plenty still on the boxty from its first go ’round in the pan.

These are great served with eggs in the morning, kinda like a pancake-hashbrown side.  I am going to make a big batch of these and freeze them.  If you do this, be sure to freeze them on a single layer on a sheet pan. Then once frozen solid, place them in a freezer bag.  By freezing Boxty in this manner, you will be sure they aren’t frozen stuck together in a solid block.

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What is Irish Boxty?

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake that uses both cooked mashed potatoes and grated raw potatoes.  It typically consists of flour, eggs and baking soda.  The baking soda gives it that pancake-like rise while the raw grated potatoes imparts a nice ‘bite’ similar to a latke.  The combination of the two is what makes boxty the perfect potato pancake.

Like most Irish cuisine such as coddlechampcolcannon and Irish soda bread, boxty was developed by the common people, not professional chefs.  It is believed boxty came about in order to make their food stretch a little further and feed more people.  My parents would add more potatoes to stew to stretch a dish.  What tricks did your parents use to make food go a little farther?

How is Boxty served?

Boxty is traditionally served as a side.  Serving this Irish food with pan fried sausages and sautéed greens is common.  Some restaurants are amping up boxty  by filling it with signature ingredients and smothering it with a sauce.  I prefer the taste and texture of this potato dish to stand on its own.

Boxty would also be a great side to traditional Irish Stew.

A non-traditional way of serving boxty is to treat it like a wrap, stuff it and pour some sauce over it.  Some American pubs are stuffing it with sausage and garnishing it with a stout reduction sauce.

This would also be a great side to serve with fish such as salmon.  It is delicious as a quick snack anytime of day.  It’s a vegetable so it’s healthy right?

If you have an inventive way to serve boxty, leave a comment below and share with the community.

Do you know of any other types of pancake recipes from other countries?  What are they called?

Bon Appetit!

Potatoes and green onions on a cutting board.
Shredded and sliced potatoes.
Shredded potatoes draining through a colander.
Liquid extracted from potatoes in a bowl.
Flour, salt and pepper in a bowl with a whisk.
Potatoes and butter in a pan ready to mash.
Potatoes all mashed up with butter.
Potato mixture with added flour and baking soda.
boxty mixture all mixed up and ready to spoon into a hot pan.
golden brown Boxty patties frying in a pan.
Fresh spinach frying in a pan with onions, salt and pepper.
Boxty served with sausage and cooked greens.

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Authentic and traditional Irish Boxty, a tasty potato pancake from Ireland. Don't just make this recipe for St. Patricks Day, it's too good!

Traditional Irish Boxty Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake that uses both cooked mashed potatoes and grated raw potatoes.  It typically consists of flour, eggs and baking soda.  The baking soda gives it that pancake-like rise while the raw grated potatoes imparts a nice 'bite' similar to a latke.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb russet potatoes, about 3 large, peeled and cut into 1/2 pieces
  • water for boiling
  • 4 Tbs salted butter plus more for frying
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of diced green onions
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbs cooking oil
  • Optional Garnish: 

Optional Garnish: 

  • sour cream
  • green onions or chives

Instructions

  1. Place half of the potatoes in a large dutch oven pan and cover with water.  Simmer until potatoes are fork tender.
  2. While potatoes are boiling, grate the other half of the potatoes with a large grater.  This can be done in a food processor if you have the grating attachment.  I used a box grater and used the side with the large holes.
  3. Place the grated potatoes in a sieve and place sieve over a bowl.  Toss potatoes with 1 tsp salt and let potatoes rest so the moisture will be drawn out.  Toss the potato water.
  4. Once the boiling potatoes are done, drain off water and return potatoes to pan.  Add butter and milk to pan, mash with a potato masher.  Add eggs and green onion, stir.
  5. In a separate, small bowl add the dry ingredients (salt, pepper, flour, baking powder), stir until well combined, add to the pot.  Add the shredded potatoes.  Mix all ingredients well, you should have a lumpy, thick pancake-like batter.  If it's too thick, add more milk.
  6. In a large skillet, heat up 2 Tbs of oil until it starts to smoke, add 1 Tbs of butter.  Using a measuring cup, scoop batter into pan making 4 inch rounds, tamp down if needed to flatten.
  7. Cook on each side until golden brown, remove and drain on paper towels.  Serve while hot.

Notes

This recipe is best when using leftover mashed potatoes. Next time you make mashed potatoes for dinner, make extra for boxty the next night. The reason is that this recipe takes time when made from scratch. By doubling up on your mashed potato game, you can make boxty easily the next night.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 pancake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 477mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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Nicole

Sunday 6th of March 2022

If using leftover mash potatoes, how many cups of mash potatoes and how many cups of grated potato?

Tina

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Hey Nicole, GREAT question. The mashed and grated potato is a 1:1 ratio. If you want to be exact, use a kitchen scale, otherwise you can 'eyeball' it. Recipes are really just guides, most of my recipes are highly adaptable. I hope this helps.

oliver kelleher

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

Genuine real Irish boxty was originally made with just 4 ingredients 1 grated raw potatoes ,2 flour, 3 butter milk and 4 real Irish butter and rapeseed oil for frying add butter to serve with salt and pepper to taste Boxty tastes much better when it matures by allowing it to cool in the refrigerator overnight and re heat the next day on the pan with butter and fried egg or as an add on to breakfast I cooked this dish some years ago on an Irish television cookery show and it went down a treat and still does Its like Irish chips best served plain and simple but you can make several variations to this. I make about ten different versions of boxty wraps with various fillings boxty rolls, boxty and black pudding roulette and boxty pizzas

oliver kelleher

Saturday 11th of December 2021

I fill the pan of boxty with anythink that i would put into any tortillo wrap aIso a breakfast wrap scrambled egg and smoke salmon any meats with onions mushrooms whatever you fancy I also use the same filling and make a sealed boxty pie happy frying @Tina,

Tina

Wednesday 1st of December 2021

Thanks for the tips Oliver! I'm very curious about the boxty wraps, rolls and pizzas. Very intriguing, can you elaborate? Looks like loads of fun.

Cara

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Can I make the batter the day before and refrigerate until I'm ready to cook them?

oliver kelleher

Sunday 12th of December 2021

@Cara, you can make the boxty mix the day before and refrigerate the mix Only problem is a black surface will appear on the top but it goes when you mix it with a spoon Always use a hot pan with mix of butter and rapeseed and pour the boxty on thinly and spread it out with the back of a spoon Flip it to turn it You need a bit of practice to do this successfully

Tina

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Yes Ma'am! You may want to let the batter come up to room temperature so that they will spread out when you pour the batter in the pan. Let me know how they turn out:)

Aly

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I had leftover Colcannon Potatoes (mashed potatoes with bacon and cabbage in it) used that for the mashed, Another layer of flavor and they were delicious!

Tina

Saturday 20th of March 2021

I have never tried that. What a genius idea, thanks for that tip! I'm going to try that next time. Another layer of flavor plus skipping a step.

Denise Abruscato

Monday 15th of March 2021

Absolutely Fabulous. Great idea Not only for St. Patrick’s Day but any day in good use of leftover mashed. Delicious and kid friendly great for all ages. Pancake griddle works great.

Tina

Monday 15th of March 2021

Definitely on the pancake griddle, you can make so many at once. I like to make this the day after mashed potatoes, I always make double. Glad you loved this!

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