Irish Potatoes and Point

Colleen Sowa


Everyone got a potatoe to eat, but only the ones who worked for pay were given a small piece of meat or fish.

When the children would ask the mother, "What is for supper?" The mother would reply, "Potatoes and Point!"

The children and non workers were allowed to point their forks at the meat or fish on the workers plates....

I post this recipe in honor of all of those who lived in Ireland during the great Famine.

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a family


15 Min


1 Hr


Stove Top


potato per person, washed and boiled in their jackets
1 small
piece of meat or fish, for those who worked to earn a pay

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook the potatoes in a pot of boiling water. When tender, pull them out of the water and into a bowl. Save the water for other cooking and baking.
cook the meat or fish and divide it up onto the plates of all of those who work for pay. Everyone gets a potato. Everyone gets to have salt and some potato water to make the potatoes less dry for eating.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Irish