Boxty with Mediterranean Marjoram


Quite different and delicious, this was the poor man’s bread in Ireland, now making a fashionable comeback and without doubt poor man’s bread it no longer ain’t …

I came across Boxty while researching Irish food for a promotion with HE The Ambassador of Ireland and Mrs Hennessy and as I never got around to making these pancakes last November , I just thought no better day than Pancake Tuesday. And I had a trial run with tonight’s supper.

I am aware that for you all in the USA, pancake day is not the same occasion as it may be in some parts of Europe, but these potato pancakes are worth a try. I added some Mediterranean Marjoram but you can leave this out. They are Vegetarian Margaret Rose ! I am keeping my word …

If you want a gluten free option substitute the flour with buckwheat flour.

You will need:
2 medium potatoes, boiled
2 medium potatoes, grated and drained for 15 minutes
1 egg
100ml buttermilk or substitute with plain yoghurt if not available.
1 cup flour, I use self raising, a much fluffier pancake
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
I added finely chopped fresh Mediterranean Marjoram

In a large bowl toss the grated potatoes with the flour.


Place the boiled potatoes in a bowl and mash.


Mix together the eggs with the buttermilk or yoghurt and combine the two potatoes mixtures and the liquid in one bowl.
season and add the marjoram or herbs of your choice or simply leave out.


Form patties with your hands.
Fry on both sides in an oil of your choice, I use olive oil.
Make sure the oil is not too hot otherwise the middle of these lovey pancakes will not cook enough.
Lift the patties out of the oil and place them on kitchen towel to soak up any access oil.

I loved them, let me know what you think if you try making them !

And the old irish rhyme
‘Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan
If you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man’


32 responses to “Boxty with Mediterranean Marjoram”

  1. I just learned about a new food – boxty. A bit different from the potato pancakes I have made in the past.These pancakes look very appetizing.

    1. Yes they are delicious Jovina, and a lovely texture, we even made a large one like a frittata and cut it up into wedges.. Let me know if you try them !

  2. Stunningly yummy for those who haven’t tried this!! And the rhyme is so true πŸ˜‰

    1. Nice rhyme for nice boxty Melissa !

      1. That’s the Irish in me!

        1. I love Irish food and ingredients !

      1. You know I am your biggest fan….male fan!!

  3. Wow! I’ve never heard of boxty either, they look seriously tasty!!

    1. Very tasty and very easy to make Elaine, let me know what you think if you try them! X

  4. These look delicious, and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day πŸ˜‰

    1. A good change for Pancake day too ! Thank you for your following !

  5. loving this….delicious food! πŸ™‚

    1. So is yours dear Ayesha !

    1. Thank you, they are delicious, my type of thing, hearty fresh comfort food !

  6. This looks like fritters or tuna cakes. Looks good. Do you have a restaurant in US? Do you ship stateside? Where are you located? I know I sound hungry. lol.

    1. They are delicious ! I am glad you like them. unfortunately not, I don’t own a restaurant in the USA ! Wish I did πŸ™‚ We may deliver one day who knows ! Thank you for the follow !

      1. Good luck with your future. God bless:)

  7. Boxty! The ONLY thing I always ask to be brought back from Ireland when family go!

  8. mmm, the recipe looks easy enough, can’t wait to whip up a batch. Your photography is mouth-watering πŸ™‚ Happy St. Patty’s Day!

    1. Thank you so much, they are indeed delicious and wholesome, thank you for your following !

  9. I love the little ditty … though what did a man have to do to catch a woman? πŸ™‚

    1. Eat Boxty haha! Thank you, glad you like it!

  10. sounds yummy…The similar thing in india is called Tikki(without egg) and i love it

  11. These were ok. Need lots of salt and pepper though.

    1. They are from an old Irish cookbook and unusual these days. seasoning can be added according to preferences and you can also add fresh herbs for more flavor. We also tried them with fresh marjoram and oregano! Thanks for your comment, appreciate hearing from you …

  12. These sound gorgeous, and just the thing now that dark nights are here. I hate the bit where I have to squidge things with my hands but I expect I’d manage. πŸ™‚

    1. Use an ice cream scoop ! Hope all well with you πŸ™‚

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