Cheddar-and-Herb Boxty

Have you ever had boxty? Basically a boxty is an Irish potato pancake. I had them when we visited Ireland a couple of years ago. They are really easy to make! This recipe was pretty good. The boxty are very fragile, so be careful when turning over in the pan.

rating: 9

Cheddar-and-Herb Boxty
(Food Network magazine, March 2016)

makes 12
time needed: 1 hour, 40 min.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more if needed
1 large onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg yolk
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup shredded Irish cheddar cheese (about 2 ounces)
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground pepper
Finely chopped fresh chives, for topping

Directions:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and very soft, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.
Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water by 1 inch and season with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, then transfer to a large bowl, add the milk and mash until smooth. Let cool at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the cooked onion, egg yolk, flour, cheese, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to the potatoes; stir until combined. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the potato mixture onto a lightly floured surface and form into twelve 3-inch pancakes.
Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the pancakes until golden brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Gently flip, adding more butter to the pan if necessary, and continue cooking until browned on the other side, 3 to 4 more minutes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and keep warm in the oven until ready to serve. Top with chives.

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