Irish Boxty

medium

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Ingredients

1 lb potatoes
1 onion chopped fine
3/4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg
1/2 c milk
1/2 c vegetable oil

Directions

1. Set half of the potatoes aside for later. Peel and cut remaining potatoes into large chunks; place in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes, or untill tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Mash potatoes and set bowl aside.

 
2. Now peel and grate reserved potatoes and stir them into the mashed potatoes. Add onion, flour, salt and pepper; mix well. Stir in milk and egg to form a batter.

 
3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Drop batter from a tablespoon into the hot oil, and cook 3-4 minutes on each side; drain on a paper towel. Transfer to your serving dish and serve with applesauce and sour cream. Bet you can’t eat just one!
From WIKI
“Boxty (bacstaí or arán bocht tí in Irish meaning “poor-house bread”) is a traditional Irish potato pancake. The dish is mostly associated with the north midlands, north Connachtand southern Ulster, in particular the counties of MayoSligoDonegal (where it is known locally as poundy or poundies; also known as potato bread in Ulster), Fermanagh,LongfordLeitrim and Cavan. There are many recipes but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes and all are served fried.

The most popular version of the dish consists of finely grated, raw potato and mashed potato with flourbaking sodabuttermilk and sometimes egg.The grated potato may be strained to remove most of the starch and water but this is not necessary. The mixture is fried on a griddle pan for a few minutes on each side, similar to a normal pancake. Traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling it as a dumpling or baking it as a loaf. The most noticeable difference between boxty and other fried potato dishes is its smooth, fine grained consistency.

Boxty is seen as so much a part of the local culture in the areas in which it is made, that it has inspired folk rhymes, such as:

Boxty on the griddle,
And Boxty on the pan;
The wee one in the middle
Is for Mary Ann.
Boxty on the griddle,
boxty on the pan,
If you can’t bake boxty
sure you’ll never get a man.
Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty on the pan,
If you don’t eat boxty,
You’ll never get a man.

As the interest in Irish cuisine has increased, so the popularity of boxty has risen. It is not unusual to see boxty on the menus of restaurants outside the areas with which it is traditionally associated. Boxty may be bought in shops and supermarkets either in the dumpling form or ready cooked as pancakes. Some modern recipes use garlic and otherspices to flavour the mixture. It is occasionally served as wrap, similar to tortillas for fajitas.”

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