Boxty is a traditional Irish
potato pancake. The dish is mostly associated with the north midlands, north Connachtand southern Ulster, in particular the counties of Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim and Cavan. There are many different recipes but all contain finely grated, raw potatoesand all are served fried. The most popular version of the dish consists of finely grated, raw potato and mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilkand sometimes egg. The grated potato may be strained to remove most of the starchand waterbut this is not necessary. The mixture is fried on a griddlepan for a few minutes on each side, similar to a normal pancake. Traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling it as a dumplingor baking it as a loaf. The most noticeable difference between boxty and other fried potato dishes is its smooth, fine grained consistency.
Boxty was seen as so much a part of the local culture in the areas in which it was made, that the following poem was written-
cquote|"Boxty on the griddle,"
"Boxty in the pan,"
"If you can't make boxty,"
"You'll never get a man."
As the interest in
Irish cuisinehas increased, so the popularity of boxty has risen. It is not unusual to see boxty on the menus of restaurantsoutside the areas with which it is traditionally associated. Boxty may be bought in shops and supermarketseither in the dumpling form or ready cooked as pancakes. Some modern recipes use garlicand other spicesto flavour the mixture. For hygieneand convenience, the raw potato may be blended in a food processorinstead of grating it by hand.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/boxtypancakeswithbla_10937.shtml Boxty Pancakes with Black Pudding, Bacon and Mustard Cream (BBC Food)]
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