Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  A day of world-wide celebration of Irish culture that honors St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century.

A day where we folks in Canada wear green clothes and hats, eat traditional Irish food and drink green beer (or Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s if that’s your thing).  One of my favorite Irish foods is boxty. The reasons I like boxty so much is because they can be enjoyed on their own, they can be stuffed or they work as a side for any meat dish. Boxty is very hearty and hits the spot!

I am not Irish, or a a little bit Irish (everybody claims they have some Irish roots on St. Patrick’s day), but today it makes me very happy to be able to enjoy this Irish recipe that I enjoy making every year.



  • 1 lb of Russet potato, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 pound leftover mashed potato
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


Line a large bowl with cheesecloth, or a clean, sturdy paper towel (hint: Bounty!!).

Using the large side of a box grater, grate the potatoes into the bowl, squeezing out as much of the starchy liquid as possible.  Add the mashed potato, onion, eggs, sour cream, salt, pepper, garlic and flour.  Mix well.

In a large pan, heat the  vegetable oil over medium heat.  Drop the potato mixture, 1/4 cup at a time.  Flatten each cake and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until potato is cooked, lightly browned and crisp.

It is best if it is served right away.

For your green beer:

Add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring to the bottom of a clean glass.  Tip the glass slightly and pour the cold beer until the glass is full.  Although I don’t think they ever drink green beer in Ireland, but it’s still fun to drink 🙂

Serve immediately and enjoy  responsibly!

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