Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan.
If you can't make boxty,
You'll never get a man.
I'm not actually looking for a new man in my life but I decided to make some boxty at the weekend anyway. There are many different recipes for this traditional Irish potato pancake and I suppose everyone's grandmother's was the best. I sort of made this one up from a mixture of childhood memory and guesswork:
8oz raw potato, grated
8oz mashed potato
4oz plain flour (US all-purpose)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon chopped wild garlic stems or spring onions (scallions)
Milk or buttermilk to mix
Mix the grated and mashed potato together. Stir in the flour and garlic/onion and season with salt and pepper. Add the beaten egg and enough milk to make a batter that will drop from the spoon. Cook on a griddle or shallow fry for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve with bacon and eggs.Gallagher's Boxty House in Dublin. Mine didn't match their high standard but we all enjoyed it. If you have a different recipe for boxty, I'd love to hear it.