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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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Boxty, in a variety of forms, is a traditional Irish food associated most with the northern counties of Cavan and Donegal. It was usual to make boxty on Hallowe’en and All Saints’ Day. The ingredients include raw as well as cooked potatoes. For a long time it was the staple food of the poor and people were ashamed to admit eating it, but now it is made commercially and exported to America. It may have been invented as a way of dealing with ‘watery’ potatoes because a watery potato is anathema to an Irishman. Boxty can be cooked in a number of ways – fried, boiled or baked in an oven, as in this recipe.