March 17, 2007

Boxty



Ingredients:
3/4 cup cooked, cubed potato
3/4 cup grated raw potato
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
butter or oil for pan frying

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mash the cubed potatoes with the buttermilk. Add the grated potato, flour and baking soda and stir to evenly distribute. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of butter or oil in a large skillet. Meanwhile, form the mixture into 1/4 cup patties. Pan fry about 5-8 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy. Serve hot as a side dish.


My thoughts:
I had never heard of a boxty until one day when we went to a new Irish pub that opened not far from our home. On the menu they had a selection of boxtys (boxties?) which they described as a "Irish pancake" that were wrapped around a variety of fillings including seafood, chicken and Guinness stew. I tried the seafood one and swooned. However, when we went back, I ordered it again but it just barely edible. Long story short, we have no plans of returning. But I've missed my boxty. I've done some boxty research and found out that a boxty is sort of like a latke but made with a mixture of grated and mashed potato. They can be small and compact and served as a side dish or large and floppy and served wrapped around a tasty filling. This recipe makes the patty style but if you thinned it out with some milk and added a couple of eggs, you could make a thinner batter that would make boxty flat enough to stuff. We served it as a side to the Irish-American classic corned beef and cabbage.
As a side note I also found this funny boxty rhyme: "Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, If you can't make boxty, you'll never get your man". Who knew?

12 comments:

  1. I love latkes! Now, I'll try this recipe to see the difference. Thanks!

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  2. If I'd known about these I would have made some with my mussels and Guinness on Friday. Having made my first latkes recently, I'm definitely up for trying these and comparing.

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  3. This is pretty similar to one of our swedish meals – raggmunk. It's mainly a pancake mixture with grated potatoes, that's pan fried like a pancake.

    Another similar meal is rösti, which is just pan fried grated potatoes (cooked or uncooked).

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  4. So they're delicious and alluring? Hmmm... if I had known about them when I was dating my husband maybe we would've gotten married sooner. ;)

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  5. i like me my variations upon fried potato... every culture has something like this, and they are universally good

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  6. Thanks for the recipe and the rhyme! I will try these patties!

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  7. I have never heard of a boxty... thanks for the lesson.
    One man's boxty is another mans hash brown!

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  8. Boxty sounds great (and easily veganized too!)

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  9. I've never heard of these being called Boxty. Very interesting!

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  10. In the South (US), this is how we make hashbrowns. Who knew we were preparing a traditional English dish!

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  11. I love Chicken boxty! I used to order it all of the time at this great Irish Pub we used to go to when I was stationed at Camp Pendleton! I am going to make this and stuff it with a creamy chicken, onion and mushroom mixture! Thanks for reminding me of these!

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