I was looking for a good Irish potato joke to start off this blog, but didn’t find one so this will have to do: What’s Irish and stays out all night? Paddy O’Furniture!
Just about everyone loves potatoes somehow, whether mashed, french fried, baked, stuffed or made into chips. These potato pancakes combine some of the best ways to cook potatoes into one delicious dish. Part of the potatoes are boiled then mashed, part are shredded raw, and then the whole thing is stirred into a thick batter and fried into golden brown, crispy cakes. They’re great served up with a plate of Irish Sausage, or you could even eat them for breakfast along with a fried egg or two.
Be sure to buy organic potatoes for this recipe. Potatoes are always on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of most heavily sprayed vegetables and fruits. Choose a flavorful fat to fry these in. I like butter or bacon fat, but you can also use coconut oil or ghee. Remember, healthy saturated fats like these can withstand high heat without going rancid.
- 1½ pounds of Russet or Irish potatoes
- ⅓ cup of arrowroot powder, or buckwheat flour, or all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup of milk or cream
- ¼ cup of diced onion
- butter or bacon grease for the pan
- Cook ¾lb. of the potatoes either by baking them for 1 hour at 350 degrees or by cutting them into fourths and boiling them in salted water until they are tender. If you boil them be sure to remove them from the water and let them dry out, you don't want soggy potatoes.
- Allow the cooked potatoes to cool, then mash them with a fork or potato masher.
- Meanwhile in a large bowl mix together arrowroot, salt, and baking powder, and whisk in the milk.
- Use a food processor with the shredding blade to shred the remaining ¾ lb of raw potatoes (or shred with a hand grater), placing the shredded potato onto paper towels or a tea towel to get rid of any excess moisture.
- Mix the mashed potato, shredded potato and diced onion into the milk mixture and stir to combine well.
- Heat a large cast iron griddle over medium heat and add butter or bacon grease.
- When the griddle is hot and butter is melted scoop up about ¼ cup of the potato mixture and press it onto the skillet, spreading it into a circle.
- Cook about 2-3 minutes on each side or until it is nicely golden brown, then remove to a warm platter and continue with remaining potato mixture.
- Makes about a dozen Boxty.