St Patrick’s Day Recipe!

Happy St Patrick’s Day!! So in honor of the holiday, we wanted to provide you all with a yummy Irish recipe that only requires four ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. Here you go!

Only 4 ingredients: barley, yeast, hops, and water!

No really, I wanted to put something together that honored the holiday. Unfortunately the Irish are not really know for their cuisine. Corned beef, fried cabbage . . . Ick. Even on our travels throughout Ireland, my husband and I knew to pack granola bars!

My husband and I at the Guinness Factory in Dublin! 2009

One thing we did enjoy, and that we always grab when we have a few pints at Fadó Irish Pub in the warehouse district, is basically a potato pancake called “boxty.” For St. Patty’s breakfast, I decided to give this FoodNetwork recipe for boxty a shot, remembering the phrase, “Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make a boxty, you’ll never get a man!”

Boxty recipe:

  • 8 ounces freshly cooked potatoes
  • 8 ounces peeled raw potatoes        
  • Generous 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk*
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  • Butter, for frying

*Now I didn’t have any buttermilk lying around, so I used this quick substitution: put a tablespoon of lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup, and filled it up to the 1-cup line with regular milk.

Peel the cooked potatoes while they are still hot, drop into a bowl and mash immediately. Grate the raw potatoes, add to the mashed potatoes with the flour and sifted bread soda. Mix well, and add enough buttermilk to make a stiff batter.

Heat a frying pan, grease with butter and cook large or small pancakes in the usual way. Eat them straight from the pan with butter, crispy rashers or pure Irish honey.

I served for St Patty's breakfast with scrambled eggs and organic raspberries, but boxty can also be served for brunch, lunch, or dinner

The Verdict: Honestly . . . not amazing. Pretty time-consuming to peel all those potatoes, I hated wasting all the nutritious skins, and it was pretty hard to get a good “pancake consistency.”

That being said, it was super fun to tune into Live Ireland radio and channel my inner Irish mama while I peeled potatoes and celebrated Irish heritage.

Now for lunch, I think I’ll just head to the Events Page to see what Austin has cooking up in the way of St. Patty’s festivities! I know there’s a Guinness waiting for me somewhere.

Whether you’re Irish for the day or Irish all the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Slàinte Mhaith from Austin Moms Blog! How are YOU celebrating today??


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