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Boxty – Irish Potato FlatBread

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Boxty is a traditional Irish Potato Flatbread or a pancake made using potatoes as the main ingredient. A delicious treat for potato lovers with potato and butter.

Close up look of potato flatbread stacked one above other

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It is like a hash brown type pancake with a crisp texture and buttery flavour. It can be done on a griddle as well as an oven and is perfect for your breakfast or brunch.

This is said to have originated during the Irish famine and uses a combination of both cooked and uncooked potatoes. Yes, something different with a combination of both cooked and uncooked. It however tastes delicious and is a delight for any potato lover.

Leftover Potatoes Recipe

It is also a good use of any leftover potatoes you might have. The best is to use the floury type of potatoes for this Boxty. 

Another similar recipe with potatoes again from the Irish Cuisine is this Potato Apple Bread. Another interesting brunch idea or perfect appetizer for parties.

Preparation of Boxty

The process is simple. Potatoes are cooked and cooled down. Then they are added along with grated uncooked potato. Butter, salt and flour are added to the mixture to form a dough One can add chives or parsley or any herbs for added taste. 

Close up look of potato flatbread stacked one above other

Flatbread or Pancake

A few like to add buttermilk too, to prepare it in a pancake way. I have not added any, but one can certainly do.

Cook on a Griddle or an oven

The dough is then rested for 15-20 minutes. Then individual flatbreads are rolled out and cooked on a griddle or an oven. I have cooked on a griddle. To cook in an oven, preheat the oven to 180 Deg C and let it cook for 20-30 minutes until golden brown on both sides.

3 Flatbreads arranged in a plate

Serving Suggestions

Generally served with soup or as a brunch along with mushrooms and sauteed kidney beans.

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So here goes the recipe of Boxty – Irish Potato Flatbread:

Close up look of potato flatbread stacked one above other

Boxty – Irish Potato FlatBread

A simple and easy to make flatbread from both raw and cooked potatoes, and served with soup or as a brunch along with mushrooms and sauteed kidney beans.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine: International, Irish
Keyword: FlatBread, Potato
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre


  • 250 gram Floury Potatoes, peeled & diced or just peeled for cooking
  • 250 gram Floury Potatoes (peeled – For using raw)
  • 50 gram Butter, melted
  • 1 tso Salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground Black pepper (or as per taste)
  • 1 Cup All purpose Flour / Plain Flour / Maida
  • 1 tbsp chives/parsley chopped or dried (1/2 tbsp) (Optional, but would add taste to it. I did not had so skipped)


  • Cook the peeled and diced potatoes until soft. Alternatively one can pressure cook the potatoes.
  • Leave them in a colander to remove the excess water. Once cool, Mash them well.
  • Peel & grate the remaining raw potatoes and keep them in cold water for 5-10 minutes, so that we get the excess starch removed. 
  • Add them into a muslin or a clean cotton cloth. Squeeze out the liquid and leave to stand for a few minutes. 
  • Combine the cooked and raw potatoes in a large bowl with the butter, salt , pepper and herbs.
  • Add in enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead it for a few minutes on a floured surface until smooth. Cover & Leave for 15 minutes.
    Making of the dough for Boxty, Irish Flat bread
  • Divide the dough into equal size balls and roll out on a floured surface about 1/2 cm thick. 
  • Shallow fry them with butter until golden brown on both sides. 
    Collage showing, the making of Boxty, Irish Flat bread
  • Alternatively one can even bake them in a baking tray for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve hot with butter or some sides.
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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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Recipe Rating

Azlin Bloor

Sunday 21st of March 2021

These boxties look really amazing. I'm a huge fan of crispy on the outside anything. I am definitely going to give this a try, so few ingredients, can't pass up on it!

Renu Agrawal Dongre

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Yes, it has very less ingredients, yet so delicious. Thank You.

Jacqui Bellefontaine

Friday 7th of September 2018

I have a recipe for boxty that my mother-in-law gave me years ago and I meant to share for St.Ptaricks day but completely forgot. They are rather tasty. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare


Thursday 6th of September 2018

This boxty bread looking delicious must say. Kind of aloo paratha but I loved this recipe. Must be having crunchy crust.

preeti garg

Thursday 6th of September 2018

This recipe looks so interesting and even unique.. just like potato latke.. love the grated potato in dough. good for potato lovers like me.

Padmajha PJ

Thursday 6th of September 2018

Anything with potatoes tastes double delicious! So nice that you found this Irish recipe!