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Boxty is the traditional Irish fare for Shrove Tuesday. Composed of grated raw potatoes, mashed cooked potatoes, with flour added as a binding agent, Boxty is either fried in a pan or browned on a griddle. It is mentioned in a traditional children's Irish jingle "Three pans of boxty, baking all the day. What use is boxty without a cup of tay?"
- Squeeze grated potatoes as dry as possible in a tea towel.
- In a bowl, combine the potatoes, flour, and salt. Stir in the milk gradually, using enough to make the mixture hold to together.
- Let the mixture stand 1 hour.
- Heat a 23cm - 25cm heavy frying pan until very hot. Drop in the butter and let it melt. Pat the potato mixture into the pan with a spatula, distributing it evenly.
- Cook over medium heat until the underside is set and golden brown.
- Slide the pancake onto a plate and invert it back into the pan.
- Let the other side brown.
- Serve the pancake straight from the pan with brown sugar and melted butter.
My boyfriend is irish and i lived there for a year. This is very similiar to potato bread which we ate there. Very versatile this, I will make different meals with it now.
A local restauraunt serves this with cream cheese and scallions in between two small pieces of this.