Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes

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.boxty 002

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!).boxty 001

Toss grated potato and minced onion with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and place in a fine mesh strainer set over a medium bowl,boxty 003 cover with a plate, and weigh it down with a  jar or something.boxty 004

When the boiled potatoes are ready, drain them, return them to the pot, add 1/4 cup of the milk, and mash until the potatoes are smooth (add the milk to the leftover mashed potato if using).boxty 005

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.boxty 007

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.boxty 008

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.boxty 009


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