Irish Boxty Potatoes


Traditional Irish potato pancakes, also known as boxty, are made with a mixture of mashed and grated potatoes for a texture that's part pancake, part hash brown. Serve with Irish Bangers and Sauteed Swiss Chard for a complete St. Patrick's Day meal.


For the Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 pounds russet, Yukon gold, or long white potatoes, peeled

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup milk or cream

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Boxty Potatoes

  • 1 cup grated russet potato, squeezed dry to remove excess moisture

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, preferably Irish, plus more for serving


  1. Make the mashed potatoes: Bring a saucepan of water fitted with a steamer insert to a boil over medium-high heat. Peel and cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces; add to steamer insert. Cover and cook until fork-tender.

  2. Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl; mash potatoes using a potato masher. Slowly add milk mixture and stir to incorporate with a wooden spoon until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Make the boxty potatoes: Transfer 1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes to a large bowl; reserve extra mashed potatoes for another use. Add grated potato to bowl with mashed potatoes. Whisk together egg and egg yolk; add to bowl with potatoes along with milk and scallions and stir to combine. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper; add to bowl with potatoes and stir to combine.

  4. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, adding butter as necessary, add 2 tablespoons batter to skillet and gently spread to form a 2-to-3-inch round; cook, turning, once, until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately with butter.

    Irish Boxty Potatoes
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