Irish chef shares her favorite breakfast potato recipe


Boxty calls for floury, starchy potatoes.

The combination of mashed and grated potato gives the boxty its distinctive texture.

Aefa Mulholland

The first step to making boxty is to prepare a pound of starchy, mealy potatoes. Avoid waxy new potatoes, fingerlings, or red bliss, as they work best in salads.

Peel and cut only half of your potatoes into chunks. Fill a pot with cold salted water, add the pieces and bring the pot to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-high and let the potatoes cook until tender, which should only take about 10-15 minutes.

Drain and transfer the potatoes to a medium sized bowl, mash them and let them cool. I often make the mash the night before and let it cool overnight.

Combine the dry ingredients and add to the mashed potatoes.

A blue bowl of mashed potatoes

This mashed potatoes will serve as a pasty base.

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Once the mash has cooled, combine 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of salt and baking soda, and add to the potatoes.

I use all purpose flour but have also made boxties with a gluten free version as no xanthan gum is needed.

Grate the remaining potatoes on a clean kitchen towel.

Pieces of shredded potato with a halved potato on a paper towel in the background

Cutting the potatoes in half makes them easier to grate.

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Peel, halve and grate the remaining potatoes on a kitchen towel. These shreds will add a nice texture to the boxty.

Add your buttermilk to the potato and dry ingredient mixture.

Bowl of shredded potatoes with baking soda, flour and salt in a blue bowl

You may need to add more or less buttermilk depending on how moist the potatoes are.

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Once you’ve combined your potatoes and dry ingredients, mix in 1/2 cup buttermilk, adding small amounts until it reaches an almost paste-like consistency.

You might not need a lot of buttermilk, but if you’ve squeezed these shreds particularly enthusiastically, you might need up to 1 1/4 cups.

Serve the boxty with a poached egg, grilled asparagus and Hollandaise sauce.

Boxty with poached egg and hollandaise sauce with green onions on top

A poached egg and Hollandaise sauce make boxty a luxurious meal.

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You can serve boxty as a sweet or savory meal.

Some people opt for sweet toppings, like applesauce or honey, but I like them with a piece of sharp cheddar or goat cheese, smoked salmon, bacon, sausage or salami, or as a boxty benedicts.

For a boxty Benedict, I add a poached egg, grilled asparagus, Hollandaise sauce, and green onions over the hash browns.


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