Irish Boxty

Irish Boxty Recipe

One of Dublin’s best restaurants for authentic Irish cuisine, Gallagher’s Boxty House, shares their famous recipe for Irish Boxty pancakes.


Cuisine:  Irish

Chef: Pádraic Óg Gallagher

Makes: About 10 Boxty Pancakes

Introduction

What is Boxty?

Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake.

The most popular version of the dish is made with grated raw potato, cooked mashed potato, and flour, made into a batter with fresh milk and slow cooked in a pan until golden brown.

Traditional alternatives include boiled and baked.

Boiled

Grated raw potato, cooked mash and flour, kneaded into dumplings, simmered for 12 minutes, chilled and sauteed in a little butter.

Baked

Grated raw potato, cooked mash and flour, kneaded with pure Irish butter and lovingly baked in the oven. Delicious!

Farmer holding harvested potatoes in his hands.

Ingredients

  • 300g Raw potatoes, peeled
  • 300g Cooked potatoes, mashed
  • 300g Flour
  • 10g Salt
  • 850ml Milk

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Grate the raw potatoes into a muslin cloth and squeeze as much liquid as possible into a bowl. Let liquid stand for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Gently pour off the liquid and keep the starch that settled in the bottom of the bowl.

Step 3

Add grated potatoes to mashed potatoes and flour. Add starch and salt to mix.

Step 4

Slowly add 3/4 milk to form a batter of pouring consistency. Depending on the potato, you may not need to use all the milk. If the batter is too heavy, add more milk.

Step 5

Leave batter resting for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Drop a ladle full onto an oiled non-stick pan over medium heat and cook on the first side for 2 minutes (depends on how heavy the batter is and how much you use). Check color (should be a nice golden color) on the bottom. Adjust heat if necessary.

Step 7

Turn and cook on the other side for 2 – 3 minutes more.

Step 8

Boxty pancakes are best left overnight in a fridge and reheated in a pan in good butter.

Padraic Og Gallagher pictured at the re launch of the Boxty House, Temple Bar. The restaurant has seen complete rebranding giving a relaxed contemporary feel to this iconic irish eatery. Picture Andres Povedais pictured with Linda Duffy and Owen Barry at the re launch of the Boxty House, Temple Bar. The restaurant has seen complete rebranding giving a relaxed contemporary feel to this iconic irish eatery. Picture Andres Poveda

Boxty House

Location: 20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 10.30pm (ish)

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