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Boxty Recipe


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"Irish potato griddle cakes, made from both baked potato and raw, grated potato, are pan fried until crisp and golden. Serve them with butter or honey."

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Original recipe makes 12 - 3 inch cakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Scrub the unpeeled potatoes and prick them several times with a fork; place onto a baking sheet.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove, cool, and peel. Mash the potatoes with the buttermilk. Stir in the grated raw potato, flour, baking soda, salt, and pepper.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Scoop the potato mixture into the skillet to make 3 inch cakes. Fry until golden and crisp, turning once, about 5 minutes per side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2010

These were okay, but it would be helpful to have actual measurements for the salt and pepper. It's hard to season something like this "to taste". I felt like I had added a LOT of salt and pepper, but they still needed more. Also, the raw potato doesn't get cooked very well, so I might adapt the recipe next time by par-cooking the shredded potato before mixing it with the other ingredients. Other than that, the flavor was good. I, too, "baked" my potatoes in the microwave instead of the oven to save time. I had to use a buttermilk substitute (milk + vinegar), so I'd like to try them with real buttermilk next time. I served them topped with sour cream and a little shredded cheddar cheese.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2010

I grew up eating authentic boxty and this is a so-so attempt as written. I did follow the recipe using 1 small red potato to grate and 1 small Idaho to bake. The raw grated potato is supposed to give this some texture, so that was alright, but the result was just bland and uninteresting, IMO. For my actual meal, I used leftover mashed potatos, which had been cooked in salted water and mashed with butter and milk. I had cooked extra knowing I would use the rest for Boxty. I added 2 grated medium red potatoes, 1 cup of AP flour, 1 tsp baking soda and 3 tbs of reserved bacon drippings and enough milk to make a pourable batter. This was then cooked in a cast iron skillet, which I had lightly greased.

Mar 18, 2010

I like this dish for simplicity of the potato flavor...mine was not too floury tasting at all. I baked a huge potato in the oven like the recipe said to, and I grated a large red potato, skin and all for some extra color. I did top mine with just a sprinkle of parmigiano-regianno cheese.

Oct 22, 2009

I boiled my potatoes in the microwave instead of the oven. Done in 4 minutes :-) .

Oct 16, 2009


Mar 18, 2010

Made this for the recipe group this week and didn't think it was too bad! Made the first three boxties using just a dash of salt and pepper seasonings and they were okay. Those ones were good if you wanted to put toppings on them. After those three, I threw in about 1/2 tsp garlic salt, a clove of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper and some dried parsley to add a little bit of color since we were having them with with our St. Patrick's Day dinner. Pretty delish by themselves, with a dollop of sour cream or a little smear of butter.

Mar 16, 2010

These reminded me of the potato patties my mother made from left-over mashed potatoes when I was growing up. Because of Keri's review about some of the grated potatoes still tasting raw, I chose to use the smaller holes on the grater. The inside tasted soft, like mashed potatoes. I substituted milk and vinegar for the buttermilk, and I cut the recipe in half. I used a 1/4 cup measure to make 7 patties. I cooked each side 5 minutes as the recipe stated. I tried them with just butter, then with butter and honey, and finally with grated cheese. I prefer the ones with cheese. I did not find them to be "crispy" as the recipe stated, but they did make a pretty good lunch.

Mar 28, 2011

The boxty was sort of bland. I wish the batter was not so thick, because they didn't cook through very easily on the griddle. I'd like to see the recipe revamped for a thinner batter, use frozen hash browns instead of shredding your own potato, and also with some cheese in it or something (but I guess you could top it with whatever you want). Something kinda weird was that the leftover batter has a chemical reaction with the air and turns weird colors over a few hours.


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  • Calories
  • 249 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 44 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 371 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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