Irish Boxty – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on March 17, 2011

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

St. Patrick’s Day Blessings on you!

Being half Irish, my family always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.   We would get together with various aunts, uncles and cousins and celebrate our Irish heritage with food, music, dancing, stories and of course… drink!!!  Although Corned Beef and Cabbage, Soda bread and Guinness (or green beer if that’s your pleasure) dominate this holiday there are (ahem) other Irish dishes.   So, I thought I’d share with you another favorite Irish dish -  Boxty!!  So what is boxty? Well, it is Ireland’s version of the potato pancake!

The dish originated in the counties of Sligo and Donegal (where it is know as Poundy or Poundies) and in Leitrim and Cavan.

This dish became so popular in those areas where it originated, a poem was even written about it!

Irish boxty 1 Irish Boxty   Happy St. Patricks Day!

“Boxty on the griddle,

Boxty in the pan,

If you can’t make Boxty,

You’ll never get a man!

Like all such dishes, there are many variations – however, they all have a few things in common. They all contain grated potatoes and are fried on a griddle.. This version, which is adapted from the one used at Gallagher’s Boxty House in Dublin, features grated potato, mashed potato, flour and milk.

Unlike the more familiar latke, boxty is more like a crepe and so it is perfect for stuffing!! This version is filled with sauteed onions, leeks and mushrooms and finished with a little whisky and cream but you could easily fill it with other vegetables or thinly sliced beef or chicken. The  possibilities are only limited by your imagination.  So if Corned Beef is not your favorite or if you are a vegetarian, this would be the perfect dish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!!!

So, happy St. Patrick’s Day – Slainte!

Other Boxty Recipes you might like

Stephen Cooks – Boxty with Mango Chutney Mustard Sauce

PinExt Irish Boxty   Happy St. Patricks Day!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lentil Breakdown March 17, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thanks for answering my question, “What do the Irish eat that is vegetarian?” This looks wonderful! (Apparently I have much to learn about the Irish.)


Magic of Spice March 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I have never had a boxty, but I love everything here…delicious!


Nancy March 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I am not surprised – for some reason it isn’t well publicized outside of Ireland which is a shame!! It’s very good and very versatile!!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’ll have to ask my Irish half if he’s ever had a boxty! I saw mushrooms and leeks wrapped in a potato pancake and was sold. Finished with a little whiskey and cream – I love the Irish :)


Nancy March 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Me too!! There are all kinds of versions of the dish – this one is a bit “fancier” than most but dang, it’s good!!


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