“Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan. If you can’t bake boxty, sure you’ll never get a man.” 

–Traditional Irish rhyme

Boxty—which comes from an old Gaelic term meaning “poor bread”—is a traditionally Irish food, with recipes handed down in families from parent to child through generations. It’s basically a thin potato pancake, made with buttermilk and sometimes eggs. It’s cooked, crepe-like, on a griddle pan, and then stuffed with meat or vegetable filling and wrapped up like a tortilla.

Each region has its own distinctive spin on the boxty. While usually boxty is fried, it can also be baked or served as a dumpling (similar to the Polish pierogi). More often than not, modern chefs will accompany their boxty with meat or fish, in various creative (and delicious) ways.

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