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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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boxty an Irish variation of potato bread made of grated raw potato, mashed potato, and flour. The name is probably an Anglicization of the Gaelic bacús, a term used to describe an oven or baking implement such as a griddle or pan.

Boxty bread has a particular association with a number of midland and northern counties, especially Cavan, Tyrone, Fermanagh, and Derry.

Boxty pancakes and boxty dumplings are also prepared and the consumption of such was held to augment a girl’s marriage prospects:

Boxty on the griddle,

Boxty on the pan,

if you don’t eat your boxty,

You’ll never get a man!