Saturday, December 12, 2015

Boxty

As featured in my novel The Paradise Tree. From Irish Central:
It is thought that boxty dates back to the days or the Irish famine, presumably to make the potatoes stretch further. There are a couple of different recipes, but all contain finely grated, raw potatoes served fried.

There are some variations on the classic recipe, such as boiling the patty like a dumpling or baking it like a loaf. With the modern palette being more diverse, some people add spices or vegetables into the mix. However, the plain old griddled style is the original and traditional and wonderfully tasty.

Over the last couple of years, as the Irish became more interested in their own cuisine, the popularity of boxty has risen. It's now quite normal to see boxty on a menu in a restaurant in Ireland, whereas a decade ago it would have been considered a 'peasant dish.' However, boxty has always been popular as part of Irish home cooking. (Read more.)
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