Irish Cooking - Boxty
In the last decade, Ireland has made a giant gastronomic leap. A new crop of young chefs are turning high-quality, homegrown ingredients into sophisticated and unique meals, and new restaurants are popping up all the time.
One of the Ireland's traditional dishes is potato based boxty
In this video, Padraic Óg Gallagher from Gallagher's Boxty house in Dublin shows how to make it.
There are many variations on boxty, but if you want to make it yourself, you can use the following recipe:
8 oz/ 250 g/ 1 cup raw potato
8 oz/ 250 g/ 1 cup mashed potato
8 oz/ 250 g/ 2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
large knob of butter, melted
about 1/4 pt/ 125 ml/ 1/2 cup milk
Grate the raw potatoes into a bowl. Turn out onto a cloth and wring, catching the liquid. This will separate into a clear fluid with starch at the bottom. Pour off the fluid and scrape out the starch and mix with the grated and mashed potatoes. Sieve the dry ingredients and mix in along with the melted butter. Add a little milk if necessary to make a pliable dough. Knead lightly on a floured surface. Divide into four and form large, flat cakes. Mark each into quarters but do not cut right through, and bake on a griddle or in a heavy pan. If liked, more milk and an egg can be added to make a batter which can be fried in bacon fat like drop scones.
(Recipe courtesy the Appletree Press title: A Little Irish Cookbook.)