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Traditional Irish Boxty

Boxty is by far the most Irish recipe you’ll find. As you would expect, it’s a potato recipe with a truly remarkable taste. I have served it instead of corn bread at a barbecue and people asked for more. A traditional Irish rhyme suggests that if girls can’t make Boxty, they’ll never catch their men.
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup raw potato
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • large knob of butter melted
  • 1/2 cup 125 ml milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Grate the raw potato into a bowl. Turn out onto a cloth and wring, catching the liquid. This will separate into a clear fluid with starch at the bottom. Pour off the fluid and scrape out the starch and mix with the mashed potatoes.
  • Sift the dry ingredients and mix in along with the melted butter.
  • Add a little milk if necessary to make a pliable dough.
  • Knead lightly on a floured surface.
  • Divide into four and form large, flat cakes.
  • Mark each into quarters but do not cut right through, and bake on a griddle or in a heavy pan.