Boxty Pancakes

If you’re a procrastinator like I tend to be, and you still haven’t finalized your St. Patricks Day menu, consider putting these on it. They’re great topped with jam or as a side dish for stew, and they’re not too complex to make. Apparently there are all sorts of rhymes about boxty, including this little gem (found in the cookbook this recipe came from):
Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, if you don’t eat boxty, you’ll never get a man.
Uh huh.

Anyway, Happy St. Patricks Day!. Here are some other Irish-inspired recipes to help you celebrate:

Guinness Beef or Tempeh Stew
Irish Soda Bread
Guinness Chocolate Cake

Recipe:
(adapted from Celtic Folklore Cooking by Joanne Asala)

1/2 pound potatoes, peeled and grated
1 cup cooked mashed potatoes
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper

Squeeze the grated potatoes in a clean dish towel to remove excess water.
Put them in a large bowl and stir in the mashed potatoes, flour, baking soda, and milk (you may need more or less depending on the moistness of your mashed potatoes…it should have a similar consistency to pancake batter). Add a few pinches of salt and pepper.
Lightly grease a griddle and cook the boxty pancakes over medium-high heat until golden brown on each side.

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5 Responses to “Boxty Pancakes”


  1. 1 arugulove March 16, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I just made boxties yesterday too! They are soooo delicious!

  2. 2 Jade March 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    These look so good! Love the poem.

  3. 3 Nicole, RD March 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Oh my goodness! These look delicious and easssy! 🙂

  4. 4 Mike Melton March 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I totally wouldn’t have married you if you didn’t eat boxty … just a fact of life.

    These are also awesome used as flat bread for hearty wraps.

  5. 5 Avrienne March 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    The rhyme for boxty that I know starts the same and ends “…if you can’t cook boxty, you’ll never get a man!”

    I’m sure there are lots of variations, but I always laugh at that one.


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