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irish boxty (crispy fried potato cakes)

(33 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Nancy J. Patrykus
Spokane, WA

From my (South Side Chicago) Irish friend, Coleen. I received most of her recipes in the late '90s. She has given me some really great authentic ones. She left Ireland in 1940. I will be putting more of them on Just A Pinch soon.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We loved this Irish Boxty (aka potato cake) recipe! They are quick and easy to prepare and so tasty. Mixing mashed and grated potatoes adds a different texture. Onion adds a pop of flavor that we really liked. There is plenty of ingredients in these patties to hold them together while frying. This is a great recipe for a beginner cook. It's a simple side dish or snack.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(33 ratings)
yield 20 potato cakes
prep time 25 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For irish boxty (crispy fried potato cakes)

  • 1 lb
  • 1
    onion chopped fine
  • 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    vegetable oil

How To Make irish boxty (crispy fried potato cakes)

  • Boiling potatoes in water.
    Set half of the potatoes aside for later. Peel and cut remaining potatoes into large chunks; place in a saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes, or until tender.
  • Mashing cooked potatoes.
    Drain and place in a large bowl. Mash potatoes and set the bowl aside.
  • Shredded potatoes added to mashed potatoes.
    Now peel and grate reserved potatoes. Stir them into the mashed potatoes.
  • Onion, flour, salt, and pepper added.
    Add onion, flour, salt, and pepper; mix well. Stir in milk and egg to form a batter.
  • Batter dropped into a skillet with hot oil.
    In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Drop batter from a tablespoon into the hot oil.
  • Frying the second side of the Irish Boxty.
    Cook 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Draining Irish Boxty on a paper towel.
    Drain on a paper towel.
  • A platter of Irish Boxties.
    Transfer to your serving dish and serve with applesauce and sour cream. Bet you can't eat just one!