The Essential
Irish Potato Recipe Collection

Irish potato recipes have been a staple in the Irish kitchen for centuries.

Recipes on this Page

ChampBoxty (Irish Potato Griddle Cakes)
Dublin CoddleBoxty Too
Irish Potato CasseroleIrish Potato Stuffing
Irish Potato FarlsIrish Potato Soup
Potato and Onion Skillet Fry

Visitors to Ireland are often surprised when they're served several different varieties of potatoes in one meal - baked, boiled, fried, roasted, mashed - you name it!

Another thing that surprises many first-time visitors to Ireland is that they serve potatoes with every meal...including breakfast!

The traditional Irish breakfast, called the "Ulster fry" in Northern Ireland, is the biggest and the best meal of the day in Ireland. This is the Ultimate Breakfast - a plate overflowing with fried eggs, bacon, sausage, potato cakes, soda bread, and black pudding.

Most accommodations include this in their rates, so take advantage and fuel up for a full day of touring Ireland. It's one of the world's best culinary bargains!

You can bring home a taste of Ireland trying some of my favorite Irish potato recipes in your kitchen.

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Let's get started with one of the easiest, most essentially Irish potato recipes favored by people from all over the world...

Simple and inexpensive, yet warm and filling...

Champ is unquestionably one of the most delicious side dishes ever created in Ireland...

Champ

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 pound green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces butter

Directions:

Boil the potatoes until cooked. Simmer the green onions in milk for about 5 mins. Drain potatoes and mash. Add the hot milk and scallions, salt, pepper and half the butter and mix.

HINT: The secret of success to this Irish potato recipe is making sure all the ingredients are kept very hot while you're preparing it.

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Dublin Coddle

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon (In Ireland, they use "rashers", which is fantastic 'bacon' that is 99% meat, not fat!)
  • 4 large sliced potatoes
  • 4 large sausages
  • Black pepper
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • Cornflour

Directions:

Place bacon, sausages, potatoes, and onion in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 1-2 hours until meat is done. Thicken with cornflour, season with pepper. This Irish potato recipe tastes best when it is served hot with fresh Irish soda bread. Mmmmmmm!

Source: Fodors Exploring Ireland

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An old Irish poem says:

Boxty on the griddle,
Boxty in the pan,
If you can't make boxty,
You'll never get a man

Boxty is a simple, easy, and tasty Irish potato recipe.

It's wonderful served with a tart apple sauce. This Irish potato recipe is also traditionally prepared as part of an "Ulster Fry", the hearty Irish breakfast, with loads of bacon, fried sausage, fried eggs, black pudding, and fresh Irish soda bread.

Boxty (Irish Potato Griddle Cakes)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound raw potato
  • 1/2 pound cooked mashed potato
  • 1/2 pound plain flour
  • Milk (as needed, see directions)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Grate raw potatoes and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes. Add salt, pepper, onion and flour. Beat egg and add to mixture with just enough milk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.

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Boxty Too

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups freshly mashed potato (with milk)

Directions:

Cut butter into flour until it forms large granules. Add salt and baking powder, mix well. Mix in potatoes.

Knead for a few minutes. Roll out onto lightly floured board with floured rolling pin. Cut into 2 rounds.

Cook on a dry griddle or skillet until brown on both sides.

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Irish Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds (4 to 5 medium) potatoes, peeled & diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled & sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons dried bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Place potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender, drain; reserve.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan. Add flour, salt, and pepper; cook until bubbly. Add milk; stir well. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Combine potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, onion, salt, and pepper in lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Add white sauce; blend lightly with spatula. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add bread crumbs; mix well. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over casserole. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot!

This Irish potato recipe makes 4 servings.

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Irish Potato Stuffing

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 large potatoes, boiled or steamed and coarsely mashed, not overcooked
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 large cooking apples, chopped
  • Good handful of herbs: chopped sage and thyme are great
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Add the butter to the potato. Add chopped onion. Stir in apples, herbs salt and pepper. Stir well. Cook with chosen meat.

This Irish potato recipe makes about 6 servings.

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Irish Potato Farls

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons of vegetable or canola oil

Directions:

Peel and half the potatoes and boil in water for 20 minutes or so until soft. Drain and then add the butter and mash thoroughly. Add the flour and salt and mix.

Divide the mixture in half and put the first half on a lightly floured surface. Knead until flat - approx 1/4 inch thick. Divide into 4. Repeat the process for the other half of the mixture. Fry/Griddle using the oil for about 2 minutes or until crispy brown on each side. Serve warm.

This Irish potato recipe makes about 8 Potato Farls.

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This Irish potato recipe is a great way to use leftover baked potatoes!

Potato and Onion Skillet Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 medium potatoes, baked (or boiled) and cooled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat the oil and butter in a skillet. Add the onions and cook until soft and lightly browned. Remove the onions from the pan with a slotted spoon. Reserve.

Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Add to the hot pan and brown on both sides. Return the onion to the pan, toss and season. Serve warm.

This Irish potato recipe makes 4 servings.

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Last but not least, the Essential Irish Potato Recipe Collection would not be complete without a simple, hearty soup in the mix...

Irish Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 2 ounces butter, melted
  • 1 quart (32 ounces) vegetable stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon chives or parsley
  • Nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour

Directions:

Add the potatoes and onions to sauce pan with melted butter. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes (don't brown).

Add the vegetable stock, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir. Cover and bring to a boil stirring frequently.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and put through a sieve.

Return to the saucepan. Stir in the milk and cornflour and bring to the boil, stirring continuously.

Remove from heat, top with chives or parsley, and serve hot.

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