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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Irish Potato Pancakes (Boxty) with Parsnip: #Foodie Friday


Irish Potato Pancakes w/ Parsnip: Boxty: simplelivingeating.com

Boxty on the griddle,

And Boxty on the pan;

The wee one in the middle

Is for Mary Ann.[3]

Boxty on the griddle,

boxty on the pan,

If you can't make boxty

sure you'll never get a man.[4]

Boxty on the griddle,

Boxty on the pan,

If you don't eat boxty,

You'll never get a man.[5]



Making Boxty which is an Gaelic word meaning potato bread, has been an Irish tradition for so long there is a song written about it. A pretty sexist song... but it's old, so we won't judge it to harshly.

Boxty can be made thick like a latke or thin like a crepe depending on how much milk you add to it. It always has cooked and raw potatoes in it, and it is fried on a griddle.


I replaced the raw potatoes with raw parsnips. The texture and color are the same, but I find the flavor of the parsnips more interesting. But, if you want to be a purist use raw potato. 

Irish Potato Pancakes w/ Parsnip: Boxty: simplelivingeating.com

I also recommend you cook these on a hot cast iron skillet. I had some leftovers that I cooked on a regular non-stick pan and they didn't come out as crisp.

Boxty is great as a breakfast item with eggs and sausage or as a dinner side with any kind of meat, steak is especially good with boxty. 

I even ate them for lunch with a dollop of sour cream and a side of collard greens...

However you decide to serve boxty it will be a treat you will enjoy.

Irish Potato Pancakes w/ Parsnip: Boxty: simplelivingeating.com

Irish Potato Pancakes Boxty with Parsnips:

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation: 30 minutes                                          serves: 6 - 8


Ingredients:

3 pounds of peeled cooked and mashed potatoes
1 cup of buttermilk
1.5 pounds of grated raw parsnips
1 cup of flour
1 egg beaten
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
butter for frying


Directions:

1) Pre-heat skillet on medium-high heat.

2) Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

3) Put about 1 tablespoon of butter per batch in the skillet at a time.

4) When butter is melted make a pancake from the potato mixture that is about the size of your palm. Fill up skillet with pancakes. Cook each side for about 3 minutes or until they are golden brown.

5) Keep cooked pancakes on a wired rack until you are ready to serve them, so they stay crisp. 






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42 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    I just love potato pancakes but I don't think I have ever had them with parsnips, what an interesting combination. I am very excited about taking our trip to Ireland next week it is going to be so much fun. Hope you have a great week end and thanks so much for the party!
    Miz Helen

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    1. The parsnips really give the pancakes a great flavor. Yes, I have my recipe all ready to go...wish we were getting a flight tomorrow to Ireland, such a beautiful country.

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  2. I really like the idea of using parsnips in a boxty. Love parsnips roasted too. I haven't seen the Mary Ann boxty poem but the "you'll never get a man" one grates on my nerves, even though I know it was a different time when the poem was made. I say, if you can make a boxty, you don't need a man. hahaha :)

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    1. I like your updated version of the poem. Thanks for coming by Lydia.

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  3. Thanks so much for featuring me last week Diane! :) Have a great weekend. :)

    Sandi @ A New York Foodie

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    1. You are very welcome Sandi. Always good to see you.

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  4. Diane,
    I've never heard of Boxty but I like potato pancakes. These would be fun to try.
    Thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

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    1. Well, Annamaria with our backgrounds we are lucky if we heard of a potato. I rarely ate them as a kid. It was always pasta, but I love them now.

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  5. Hi Diane :)
    Terrific pancakes!! We have a very similar traditional pancakes and they're super popular here.
    I LOVE them

    I'm sharing today my 3rd blogiversary cake and I also moved to WP - quite exciting :)
    Have a great weeekend

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    1. Can't wait to check out your new blog and congrats on your anniversary.

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  6. I'm familiar with potato pancakes and latkes, but Boxty is new to me. I can't wait to show these to my husband, who is always asking for more recipes with parsnips. Thanks for hosting Diane and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. I never heard of Boxty until I started researching Irish recipes for The Food of the World party. If your husband likes parsnips he will love these... it's such a nice flavor.

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  7. I don't recall ever hearing of boxty! Learned something new - and can't wait to try it!! Thanks so much for hosting - have a great weekend!

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    1. I don't have any Irish blood so I don't know about Irish cooking. It's all new to me, but I surprised these didn't make it to the States.

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  8. Thanks for the party Diane! Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Thanks Deb,
      It's going to be warming up for us this weekend. Hope you have a nice one too.

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  9. thanks for featuring me and I love the use of parsnips in this recipe

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    1. Thanks Mireille,
      I have neglected parsnips for a long time and I find I am doing more with them lately.

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  10. I've been making "potato pancakes" for a long time, but never had boxty with the raw potatoes.

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    1. Any Irish in your background? These seem to be fairly common in Ireland. I wonder why we don't know about them in the US?

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  11. Dear Diane, I potato pancakes! It is one of my favorites. These look wonderful and I love the addition of the parsnips. Have a wonderful weekend, blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Good to see you Catherine. Have a lovely weekend.

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  12. Hi Diane,
    I've never had a boxy, though it sounds like something I should eat soon!
    Thanks for hosting.
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits

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    1. They are delicious.. I hope you get a chance to check them out.

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  13. Thanks so much for the party Diane Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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    1. You too Krista...always good to see you here.

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  14. I have never had much luck with potato pancakes, yours look browned to perfection! And they are whole, one piece disks, not a mashed hot mess, like mine usually are. I will have to try your directions....and I love the butter bell - best way to keep butter, imho. Thanks for another party, Diane.

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    1. I never realized how much the pan matters for potato pancakes. Go cast iron.. and hot. I love the butter bell too... and so many people are scared of it, but I only keep salted butter in it for toast, etc.. and it keeps really well.

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  15. Well I've learned something! Have never heard the term boxty (although I love potato pancakes).
    Thank you for the feature, Diane...and your kind comments. The artichoke squares do have an Italian feel to them. Artichokes are very popular in and around New Orleans. I think it is most likely the huge Sicilian influences/population in the area. Nothing to link this week, but I'm working on next week!

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    1. Sicilian hah, may grandmother would say, "You better watcha them." You live in an area with such a unique food culture. I look forward to your recipes.

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  16. Dear Diane, These are a favorite in my house. They disappear as they are being made!
    The poem is fun and not to be judged.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  17. I have been drawn to your lovely potato pancakes or Boxty since I saw them on FB…can’t wait to give them a try! I love the addition of parsnips!

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  18. i love anything potatoes .
    Making pancake out of potatoes ..
    good idea.
    Happy to Co-host with you

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  19. What a fun little verse, and I love potato cakes!

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  20. These look fabulous. I never would have thought of adding parsnips to the potatoes. Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  21. I just love potato pancakes and yours sound really good with the parsnips, I'm going to try them. My mother used to add shredded carrots to hers and we loved them. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Carrots sounds great too. I'll have to try that.

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  22. The parsnips in the boxty sound like a great idea! I'll be trying that one.

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  23. Love Boxty!
    Thanks so much for taking part in the 6th annual St. Pat's Bog Crawl! Slainte'!

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  24. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to Ya and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  25. Love the idea of adding parsnips to Boxty - they would give such a lovely flavour. What a fun poem too, Diane. Happy St Patrick's Day and thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

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  26. Thanks for sharing at the party @DearCreatives those potato pancakes look so yummy!

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