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Irish Potato Pancake | Boxty

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

Origin - Ireland


#Simple #Buttery #Savory #Traditional #Irish


Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake, particularly associated with areas in Northern Ireland. It is made with potatoes, flour, and buttermilk.


The three different varieties to the traditional Boxty includes the Pan Boxty, Loaf Boxty, and Boiled Boxty.

  • Pan Boxty is a flat pancake-like savory potato dish. It is made using potato, flour, and a pinch of salt and then cooked on a hot pan. The potato pancake is best served straight off a hot pan.

  • Loaf Boxty is boxty that has been baked in an oven. The ingredients are the same with other styles but with varying quantities and is baked in loaves instead of boiled or fried. Loaf Boxty is baked in the oven until crispy and golden brown.

  • Boiled Boxty is a dumpling shaped boxty that has been boiled and is allowed to cool and chill overnight. The next day, the “dumpling” is sliced, fired in butter, and served."


[ Fun Fact ]

Boxty is indeed an important part of Irish cuisine history that there is even an old rhyme about the dish; “Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man.”


[ History ]

Boxty, which was made from potatoes, was a central aspect of Irish people’s diets starting in the 1700s. It was a cheap and filling dish for the poorer population, which relied on cheap potatoes to survive. Boxty and other potato-based dishes such as potato apple-cakes and potato bread were very popular among the lower classes for more than 100 years.


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