I’ve been getting lots of Irish recipes in my food newsletters, and thought I would try this one – especially because I saw someone do hashbrowns (a similar recipe) in their waffle iron! I don’t make waffles, but I find lots of weird uses for my waffle maker and George Foreman Grill (both gifts/free to me). I hope it will work with this recipe.
Fair warning, making boxty could have unforseen consequences – the saying that goes along with this recipes is “Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man.” Cook with caution, you might end up with an extra man hanging around.
Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes
5 large potatoes, peeled
OR 2 large potatoes, peeled, and about 2 -3 potatoes worth of leftover mashed potato – probably 2 1/2 cups or so.
1 small onion, minced
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/4 teaspoons fine salt, plus more for seasoning the potatoes before cooking
1 large egg
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
handful of minced parsley or baby spinach for the decorative green “Irish look”
1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Heat the oven to 200°F.
Chop half of the potatoes into large dice, place in a medium saucepan, salt generously, and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low, and simmer the potatoes uncovered until fork tender, about 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, grate the remaining potatoes on the large holes of a box grater (or forget the damn box grater and use your processor – I would have but it was too early, and its a pain in the ass to grate potato!).
Whisk the egg, remaining 1/2 cup milk, flour, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until smooth, about 10 seconds. Add the potatoes and stir until evenly incorporated.
With a plastic spatula, press the grated potatoes and onion against the sides and bottom of the strainer to remove any liquid. Add the grated potatoes, the mashed potatoes, and parsley/spinach if using to the flour/milk mix.
Plug in your waffle iron (that you probably have and never use – wedding present? odd gift?) and wait for it to heat.
Brush oil over waffle iron, then plop aprx. 1/4 cup mix onto each waffle spot and cook until golden brown, 4 -5 minutes. If you haven’t received a waffle iron, fry in a pan about 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Place on a rack set atop a baking sheet and set in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and batter. Serve warm.
Result: These were easy and delicious! It took a while to get them all cooked, with only 2 cakes at a time on the waffle iron, but it made a lot. I am going to stick the leftovers in the freezer like I do pancakes or waffles, then you can just pop them in the toaster to reheat! They would be a good side dish instead of other potatoes as well.