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Boxty: Irish Potato Pancake

>>>Boxty: Irish Potato Pancake
Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!

My Boxty or Irish potato pancake recipe shares its origins, with me at least, with my French Onion Soup recipe, my student days… This delight was something cooked up by an Irish guy I shared digs with and I am ashamed to say I cannot remember his name, but he swore it was the perfect hangover recovery recipe and we lived off it far more often than should have been allowed. Over the years I have kicked around with playing with this recipe, my mate would always say that his ‘Ma’ would make Boxty with left over mashed potato but as students we never had any of that to hand. So essentially we would grate a potato, make a pretty standard pancake ‘ish’ batter throw in the spuds and off we go, in fact on more than one occasion we would even add Guiness to the mix. How I survived my student days I have no idea!

Well my Boxty recipe now is a little more grown up but only just and just as my student days I never have any left over mashed potato so have top make up a little batch the night before which makes it less spontaneous. But nevertheless it is a proper breakfast pancake with real substance, but they remain fairly light and they taste tremendous, I had no idea what ‘buerre noisette’ was when I was a student but cooking them in nutty brown butter adds a great flavour and for me it has to be served with a simple poached egg. As a student we went with fried eggs as not one of us would have been able to poach an egg for love nor money and if we had not have run out of ‘grant’ money, yes I went to University when it was free, we wold probably have served it with bacon! So I’ll raise my coffee cup to absent friend of whim I can no longer remember their name but I send my thanks for the genus of my Boxty recipe!

Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!
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Boxty: Irish Potato Pancakes

Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 65 g Plain Flour.
  • 130 g Mashed Potato: Left overs if you have any.
  • 85 g Grated Raw Potato.
  • 1 Egg.
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder.
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt.
  • Black Pepper: Good grind.
  • 60 ml Milk.
  • Butter for Cooking.

Instructions

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl with the exception of the milk
  2. Slowly add in the milk until a spoonable batter is formed.
  3. Add about 50g of butter to a pan and take it to buerre noisette or brown butter stage over a medium heat.
  4. Add a heaped table spoon full of the batter to the butter to form the pancakes and cook on one side for 3-4 minutes and then flip and cook the second side for 2-3 minutes.

Recipe Notes

I like to serve it with a poached egg and some mushrooms, but go to town add bacon and baked beans too if you wish.

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Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!
Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!
2017-08-03T06:50:10+00:00

41 Comments

  1. shelby February 2, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Looks yummy! Great photo too. Thankfully I don’t have to worry much about hangovers….but I don’t think I’d have to be having one to eat this! πŸ™‚

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Shelby, I don’t consume like I did in my student days but there are definite times when a breakfast hangover cure is required πŸ˜‰

  2. Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy February 2, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Such a creative way to incorporate Irish potatoes. I bet these pancakes are very filling?

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Charla, these really are a hearty start to a day that I love to cook, although don’t do them too often or I would be the size of a house πŸ˜‰

  3. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry February 2, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    You have put 2 of my favourite things together in one dish. yes please…..

  4. kate @veggie desserts February 2, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I was in Dublin last week and I didn’t have any Boxty. Such a shame. You’re stunning pictures have got me wanting it now πŸ™‚

    • Brian Jones February 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      This is very much a homely dish apparently πŸ™‚

  5. Sarah February 2, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

    This. Looks. Awesome. Oh my word! I’m definitely making it this weekend for brunch!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Barely Vegan February 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    This recipe sounds delicious!! I’m adding this to my recipe index for sure. I love your photos πŸ™‚

  7. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe February 5, 2016 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Can I just tell you how delicious this looks?? My husband would absolutely adore this dish (and he might even ask me to add a piece of sirloin to it too, ha!) And your poached egg is beautiful!

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Oh boy the sirloin sounds wonderful, I have on occasions served this with huge bacon chops which is wonderful, but it stands up on its own as a great vegetarian dish too, living proof if you will that vegetarian dishes can be bad for you too πŸ˜‰

  8. Whitney February 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    HA! I’m always in search of a good hangover cure — and I love potatoes and pancakes! Gotta try!!

  9. Hillary Reeves February 7, 2016 at 4:38 am - Reply

    I love the idea of savory breakfast pancakes. And these doused in some real maple syrup would taste divine!

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      I guess the ‘sweet’ breakfast is something particular to your side of the pond, just something we don’t really do here πŸ˜‰

  10. Jennifer February 8, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I have to admit that a big bowl of roasted potatoes with a runny egg on top is my go-to hangover food. Though it hasn’t been needed in quite a while… I still swear by it. This looks perfect for the next time that happens. Or maybe just this weekend when my mom’s in town?

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      I reckon you could just use it as an excuse to get loaded πŸ˜‰

  11. I’ve never made a potato pancake with flour like this. But it looks really good… I’m digging the mushrooms you have pictured alongside haha. But about adding Guinness… would you just sub some of the milk for the beer? Because my other half would be very into these if I can make it happen. haha

    • Brian Jones February 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      They were hazy student days but essentially yeah just add it on in there in lieu of a little milk and off you go…

  12. Byron Thomas February 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    My Irish roots are craving this dish right now. You’ve blown it up with the addition of the egg. YUM!

    • Brian Jones February 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      Haha, is there anyone on that side of the Atlantic without Irish roots πŸ˜‰ T’is a proper good breakfast though πŸ˜€

  13. Whitney February 10, 2016 at 1:19 am - Reply

    OHMYGODTHATEGGGGGGGGG!!!!!! Seriously though. I am all over this little potato shindig.

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    Leftover mashed potatoes… As mythological as leftover wine. I will make extra and hide them from my family and myself.

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      Haha, I always have left over wine… That’s what having a small set of vines does πŸ˜€

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