Boxty is a traditional Irish food native to Co Leitrim and the North West of Ireland. Its origin dates back to before the famine times when it was so popular that it inspired folk rhymes:
“Boxty on the griddle, Boxty on the Pan, if you can’t make Boxty, you’ll never get a man”
Boxty is a very popular dish in the North/West of Ireland, in particular Co Leitrim, Co Cavan, Co Longford, Co Roscommon, Co Sligo, Co Donegal, Co Mayo and Co Fermanagh as it has been enjoyed for many years by Irish families living in these counties. However its popularity has now spread far beyond with families enjoying Mc Niffes Boxty all over Ireland as well as the UK, USA and Australia.
There are 3 distinct and very different varieties of Traditional Irish Boxty: Pan Boxty, Loaf Boxty and Boiled Boxty, named after their method of cooking.
“Pan” or “Pancake style” Boxty is a flat pancake-like savoury potato dish. It is made using potato, flour and a touch of salt and then cooked on a hot pan. It is necessary to slice and cook pan boxty again on a hot pan after purchasing it as the flavour and texture develop through this process. Boxty is always best served straight off a hot pan as it used to be served years ago.
Loaf Boxty is a “loaf-style” boxty that has been baked in an oven. It combines the same ingredients as the other types of boxty but with varying quantities of each and is baked in loaves instead of boiled or fried. When the customer cooks it at home, it must be sliced to desired thickness and fried on a hot pan in a little oil or margarine until crispy and golden brown.
Boiled Boxty is a “dumpling” shaped boxty that has been boiled to retain its unique shape. To cook at home, it must be sliced to desired thickness and fried on a hot pan in a little oil or margarine until crispy and golden brown. Delicious served immediately.