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Boxty – arán bocht tí

Delicious Boxty – arán bocht tí recipe stays true to my family’s recipe for Boxty. Containing grated potatoes, leftover champ, flour, baking soda, chopped parsley, egg and buttermilk with a simple seasoning of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Boxty- arán bocht tí in Irish translates to “poor-house bread” is a traditional Irish potato pancake. The dish is mostly associated with the north midlands, north Connacht, and southern Ulster, in particular, the counties of Mayo, Sligo, Donegal (where it is known by the locals as poundy or poundies; also known as potato bread in Ulster), Fermanagh, Longford, Leitrim, and Cavan.

 

Delicious Boxty - arán bocht tí recipe stays true to my family's recipe for Boxty. Containing grated potatoes, leftover champ, flour, baking soda, chopped parsley, egg and buttermilk with a simple seasoning of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Boxty – arán bocht tí  in the past was traditionally eaten with freshly churned butter on St. Brighid’s Day – February 1st.  also known as the Feast of Brigid, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. In ancient Irish mythology, Brigid was a fire goddess. Nowadays her canonization is celebrated with a perpetual flame at her shrine in Kildare.

St. Brigid represents the Irish aspect of divine femininity in her role as patron of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle farmers, children whose parents are not married, children whose mothers are mistreated by the children’s fathers, Clan Douglas, dairymaids, dairy workers, fugitives, Ireland, Leinster, mariners, midwives, milkmaids, nuns, poets, the poor, poultry farmers, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travelers, and watermen.

Our Boxty – arán bocht tí recipe was served during our St. Patricks day countdown we do every year for Mr. McCallum…which now needs to go on an old-fashioned diet after eating all his Irish comfort foods…shh don’t tell him that though.

 

 

 

 

Boxty – arán bocht tí recipe

Ingredients needed to make  Boxty – arán bocht tí recipe
  • 2 cups hand-grated raw russet potatoes
  • 2 cups leftover Champ 
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3/4 of cup buttermilk + more if needed
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil of choice for frying
  • unsalted butter, for serving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 from 7 votes
Delicious Boxty - arán bocht tí recipe stays true to my family's recipe for Boxty. Containing grated potatoes, leftover champ, flour, baking soda, chopped parsley, egg and buttermilk with a simple seasoning of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Boxty – arán bocht tí
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Boxty- arán bocht tí in Irish translates to “poor-house bread” is a traditional Irish potato pancake.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Boxty, Irish Potato Cakes, Potato Pancake
Servings: 4 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 2 cups hand-grated raw russet potatoes
  • 2 cups leftover Champ recipe on blog see link
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¾ of a cup buttermilk + more if needed
  • 1 large Egg lightly beaten
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • unsalted butter for serving
Instructions
  1. Grate raw potatoes and mix with the leftover champ recipe. Add kosher salt, freshly cracked pepper, all-purpose flour, baking soda and 1/4 cup chopped parsley.

  2. Beat 1 large egg lightly and add to mixture with just enough buttermilk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon.

  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls on a hot cast-iron skillet or griddle pan that has been oiled

  4. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.

  5. Serve while hot topped with fresh unsalted butter to have a real traditional Boxty this St. Patrick’s Day

Recipe Notes

Try using a dry tea-towel to squeeze excess water from grated potatoes, by using wringing motions if desired.

 

 

 

 

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Delicious Boxty - arán bocht tí recipe stays true to my family's recipe for Boxty. Containing grated potatoes, leftover champ, flour, baking soda, chopped parsley, egg and buttermilk with a simple seasoning of kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Myfamilymealtime (@FMealtime)
    March 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    These look delicious! I love potato based foods in general.

  • Reply
    homemadefoodjunkie
    March 19, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    These look crispy and delicious! I’ve really enjoyed your series of irish recipes. Way WAY back one of my ancestors was an Ulster Scott. Hope we can still be friends! Love the history your adding into your posts!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      March 1, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Diane,
      Thank you so much, I appreciate the compliment!
      Heidy

  • Reply
    Joanne/WineladyCooks
    March 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I have never heard of Boxty and I must say it sounds so good. A great way to use leftover potatoes.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      March 1, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Joanne, it’s basically Irish Potato cakes.
      Thank you so much, I appreciate the compliment
      Heidy

  • Reply
    KC Kahn the Kitchen Chopper
    March 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    This is the holiday that I learn so much from you! Just might have to try Boxty!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      March 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Thank, KC, gotta keep the husband happy…and dieting after he’s done being happy lol.

      Heidy

  • Reply
    Culinary Flavors
    March 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I love family recipes and this boxty looks delicious Heidy! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      March 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks, Katerina, I appreciate the wonderful well wishes and Happy Holiday!

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    March 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I have not yet had Boxty but I am absolutely in love with this idea and recipe!

  • Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    March 17, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    G’day Your Boxty looks Great Heidy and Happy St Patrick’s Day! Pinned!
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Cheers! Joanne

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