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Potato Griddle Cakes

Grate the raw potatoes, and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes. Add salt, black pepper, onion and the flour. Beat the egg and add to mixture. Add just enough milk to make a runny batter. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Drop the batter by spoonful into skillet. Cook for three to four minutes on each side. The griddle cakes are best served hot.


Suggestion: Serve with breakfast foods (bacon, eggs and sausages).


Note: Boxty is a flat version of soda bread, but is made from mashed potatoes, flour and buttermilk. "Boxty Pancakes" are also similar, but the dough is fried in bacon fat rather than baked.


Boxty was seen as so much a part of the local culture in the areas in which it was made, that a poem was written about it.History: Boxty 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 Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim and Cavan. There are many different recipes but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes and all are served fried. The most popular version of the dish consists of finely grated, raw potato and mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and sometimes egg. The grated potato may be strained to remove most of the starch and water but this is not necessary. The mixture is fried on a griddle pan for a few minutes on each side, similar to a normal pancake. Traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling it as a dumpling or baking it as a loaf. The most noticeable difference between Boxty and other fried potato dishes is its smooth, fine grained consistency. [Data Source: Wikipedia].


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