Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Boxty Pancake

Boxty literally means poor house bread. It's not too hard to see why. Originating in Ireland, they were an easy and nutritious meal for the poor Irish farmers.  They are made simply out of potatoes, flour, and milk.

Introduced to Ireland in the 16th century, potatoes were a very important crop for Irish farmers. They rented small plots of land from landowners who grew grain or raised cattle. Potatoes were good crops to grow since they provided enough food to feed an Irish family. Combined with cow milk and possibly pig meat, potatoes formed most of the diet of these farmers. I think eating potatoes every day would be incredibly boring. (Especially since I don't like potatoes.)

Boxty pancakes are no longer only cooked by the poor, but they still hold the same old recipe that they have for years and years.





BOXTY PANCAKES
makes 5
2 cups potatoes (cubed)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup flour
dash of salt
oil for pan

Peel, cube, and put the potatoes in the blender. Pour in the buttermilk. Add the flour and pulse.
Coat a pan with oil. Preheat it to medium heat. Pour in the batter. Cook about 5 minutes per side.
Serve the boxty pancakes with fried eggs and sauteed mushrooms.

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