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    Chef Kate's Note:

    Boxty is essentially potato cakes using both grated and mashed potatoes. The word comes from the Irish bac-stai, for the traditional cooking of potatoes on the hob (bac) over an open fire (stai.) Margaret Johnson ("The New Irish Table") gives this recipe for a boxty from a restaurant in Killarney, County Kerry, using only grated potatoes. She recommends serving it with bacon and cabbage or Irish stew.

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    1. 1
      Line a large bowl with a piece of muslin or cheesecloth, or a clean linen towel.
    2. 2
      Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the potatoes into the bowl.
    3. 3
      Squeeze the cloth to extract as much of the starchy liquid as possible.
    4. 4
      Discard the starchy liquid, return the potatoes to the bowl, and stir in the onion, eggs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
    5. 5
      Add the flour and mix well.
    6. 6
      In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat.
    7. 7
      Drop the potato mixture, 1 tablespoonful at a time, into the skillet; do not crowd the pan.
    8. 8
      Flatten each cake with a spatula and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned and crisp.
    9. 9
      Transfer the cakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200-degree oven.
    10. 10
      Repeat until all the mixture is used, adding more butter as necessary.
    11. 11
      Serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 14, 2009


      What a wonderful recipe. My husband just made this for my breakfast and it was delicious, the entire batch was ate in less than 30 minutes!! This is sure to be a family favourite. Thank you.

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    • on March 17, 2009


      Pretty good! After reading the other reviews, I used the food processor with grater attachment, which I heartily encourage others to use-- so easy!! I would rather to use a sweet onion, and I would mince it rather than chop it next time. The nutmeg was interesting, and played very well with the pepper. It's worth a try with the nutmeg, but I'm not certain I'd use it again.

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    • on March 25, 2008


      A super and very authentic recipe for Boxty. I make mine with mashed potato or grated potato, and this recipe worked well with the latter method. I have never added nutmeg before, and I rather liked it - I used lots of black pepper, but not much salt, as I only has salted butter to hand. I was late making this for St Patrick's Day, but I never need an excuse to make this classic recipe - so, thanks Kate for posting a variation on a much loved Irish postao dish.......made for PRMR tag game. FT:-)

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    Nutritional Facts for Boxty

    Serving Size: 1 (753 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 54.4
    Calories from Fat 19
    Total Fat 2.1 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 30.2 mg
    Sodium 83.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 7.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 0.7 g
    Protein 1.5 g

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