It was St Paddy’s Day and as the battle of the Pods continued, we were challenged with bringing something typically Irish into the office to share. I knew a few chocolate Guinness cakes were planned, so I decided to go savoury.
One fond memory I have of Dublin was an evening spent in the (very touristy, but I love it) Temple Bar area, in Gallagher’s Boxty House. And it was this night, back in 2006, that inspired me to have a go and make an Irish boxty on behalf of “Pod Margaret.”
What is a boxty?
The Gallic name for the boxty is aran bocht ti, and this translates to “poor house bread.” With cheap and readily available ingredients, an Irish boxty is classic peasant food – it is essentially a potato pancake, made with half mashed potato and half grated (raw) potato.
Traditionally, the following poem accompanied the family boxty recipe as it was passed from mother to daughter:
Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can’t make boxty,
You’ll never get a man.
NB. I can now make a boxty. Just dropping that in, quietly.
I used this recipe to make my boxties, although I did double the quantities and substituted half a cup of milk with half a cup of sour cream. I served mine with a concoction of sliced spring onion, sour cream, cream cheese and squeeze of lime juice.
Verdict: Cheap ingredients, easy to make (albeit rather time-consuming when trying to make a large quantity and you can only fit 3 in your pan) and people at work ate them (without me forcing them into it, I think). Next time, I am going to make one with an Irish stew filling.
Make an Irish boxty to use up left over mash potato?