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Easy Boxty (Potato Pancakes)

Growing up my mom used to make boxty potato pancakes for us when she had left-over mashed potatoes.  Sometimes they were creamy inside with crisp outsides and sometimes they were crispy all the way through. We didn't care, we just loved our potato pancakes!

My family gave me one of those Ancestry DNA kits for Christmas and to my surprise and delight, I learned that I was 33% Irish! My great-grandfather's last name was Dorrell, so it was pretty much believed anyway, but it was nice to have confirmation.

Boxty uses buttermilk, mashed potatoes, and grated potatoes. In an effort to reduce the number of ingredients and to make them quick and easy, I use only grated potatoes and leave out the buttermilk. For me, these potato pancakes taste a lot like mom's.

Yield: 6


Delicious Irish style potato pancakes just like my mom used to make!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 30 mins


  • 3 c frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 t water
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1 T vegetable oil


  1. Rinse the frozen hashbrowns in a strainer.  
  2. Lay on paper towels and pat dry.  
  3. Beat the eggs in a cup and add spices.  
  4. Add butter and beat well.  
  5. Add flour and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet.
  7. Scoop out 1/3 c of the potato mixture into the skillet, flattening into circles.
  8. Let cook until the bottoms are golden brown.
  9. Flip.
  10. Cook golden brown.
  11. Drain on paper towels.


Serve with sour cream and chopped green onion,
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  1. I love potato pancakes and I haven't had them in so long. I will have to change that and make these soon! I love to top mine with sour cream and green onions.

  2. I made boxty for the first time last year. It was a hit! Thanks for the nudge to make it again soon.

  3. Boxty is so delicious. Nana always made them with leftover mashed potatoes.

  4. I've never heard of this before. I love all things with potatoes so I'll have to put this on my list!

  5. These sound so crispy and delicious! I can't wait to give these a try!

  6. I love potato pancakes! P.S. I got one of those kits for Christmas too... still waiting for the results!

  7. Potato Pancakes are a staple around here during Lent. This version sounds perfect...easy, peasy and delicious.

  8. How have I never had these in my life? They are RIGHT up my alley and I am so making these over the weekend.

  9. These look delicious. I don't think I've ever had potato pancakes before, but I'm sure I'd love them!

  10. Love love love potato pancakes! They do sound delicious with sour cream! I've got to make these!

  11. I have all of these ingredients right now and I'm hungry. I know what I'm having for breakfast!

  12. I have to try these. I have all the ingredients on hand so I'm thinking this will be made today. I did the DNA kit and I'm 9% Irish. We thought it would be more.

  13. This is something I make when we have leftover mashed potatoes. The family always loves them and they go with anything.

  14. Oh how cool! I'd love to try making these. The use of mashed and grated potatoes is really cool!

  15. Yum! These are awesome for brunch. They're packed with carbs so I know I'd be full for the rest of the day.

  16. These look so savory. They would be perfect for my family. I can't wait to give this recipe a try.

  17. Oh these potato pancakes look fabulous! This is a great brunch recipe! I can hardly wait to try this out.

  18. Potato Pancakes? Yes please! That sounds like a pretty easy and savory brunch recipe!

  19. I have not yet had potato pancakes,shame on me haha. They do look so appealing I will need to try out your recipe

  20. I love potato pancakes but have never made them. Maybe I'll start with your version.

  21. Oh I would love to try your recipe. My husband love anything potatoes so this is perfect for him.

  22. Potatoes pancakes are so perfect for breakfast and for dinner. I make them often when we have our weekly movie night! These look so tasty!

  23. That looks delicious! We love hashbrowns but have never tried preparing potato pancakes. Going to save your recipe. Thank you!

  24. I've never heard of these before, although I have had something similar. These would be awesome dipped in sour cream with chives!

  25. I basically like anything that has potato on it. But i try to eat on moderation to limit my carbs in take. This recipe looks easy to follow and i cant wait to try it.

  26. I cant recall ever having these before. I've heard of Potato Pancakes, but never as Boxty!

  27. I really need to make some this week! The recipe looks so easy to make. And they look scrumptious!


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