Friday, March 9, 2018

Shamrock Salad-Topped Irish Boxty #EattheWorld

Another year. Another cooking project. Yeah, I'm a sucker for any cooking project that gets us out of our own culinary traditions. So, I was excited to see the new #EattheWorld project, being spearheaded by Evelyne of CulturEatz. Here's her challenge.

Last month we kicked off the project with Cuba! And you'll see a new country celebrated on the 10th of every month. This month, the group headed to Ireland by tabletop.

Eat the World: Ireland Edition
You can see what the other bloggers are sharing for our second #EattheWorld...

Lucky Shamrock
As Shamrocks (clover!) have long been associated with Ireland, I was excited to find that I could order a package of edible shamrocks from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals. How cool is that?!

According to legend, the shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids because its leaves formed a triad, and three was a mystical number in the Celtic religion. In the 5th century, while introducing Christianity to Ireland, St. Patrick used the plant to illustrate the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

The original Irish shamrock - traditionally spelled seamróg just means 'summer plant' - is just clover (Trifolium repens), a common weed originally native to Ireland. While they normally have trifoliate leaves, occasionally, a fourth leaflet appear, making a four-leaf clover. Those are said to bring good luck to the person who discovers it. There were plenty of four-leaf clovers in my shamrock package. Lucky, lucky!

Irish Boxty
When we were talking about what type of Irish dish to make, there were all of our favorites: corned beef, colcannon, drunken mussels, and more. But Evelyne encourages us to try something new. So, when I stumbled upon the Irish boxty I was intrigued.

The boxty is a potato pancake made from both mashed potatoes and grated raw potato. It's like a mix of Aloo Tiki and Latkes. What's not to love?!


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 C mashed potatoes
  • 2 C grated raw potatoes
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 t freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • butter for cooking
  • shamrocks (or any other microgreens you want to use)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 t vinegar (I used an aged balsamic)
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with the grated raw potato. Add in the flour mixture and stir to combine. Pour in the milk, add the lemon juice, and stir until just combined. The batter will be firm.

Heat and grease a skillet over medium heat. Scoop the boxy batter onto the pan; I used a 1/4 C scoop. Flatten into a round pancake shape and fry until golden brown on the bottom. Flip the boxty and continue to cook until golden brown on the second side. Repeat until the batter is used up.

Place all of the ingredient in a bowl and toss to coat. Place boxty on individual serving plates. Top with salad. And serve immediately.


  1. I was anxious to see what you would make with your wonderful find. The potato pancakes were a great choice. Going on my to make list, probably sans shamrocks LOL

  2. Now "I'm looking over a four leaf clover" as an ear worm.

    I've always wanted to try boxty. Now I'm inspired!

  3. Lucky you to find some 4 leaf clovers in the package! And yum! These Irish boxty would make me real happy :-) .

  4. I was excited to see what you were going to do with those shamrocks! These look absolutely wonderful.

  5. We love boxty! I had no idea you could order shamrocks!

  6. huh. I had no idea boxty was a mixture of mashed potatoes and grated potatoes. Love learning through this challenge!

  7. These look like a real comfort food! I love potato pancakes already, so these will be cool to try - a different version, but same idea. It's so exciting to see how different cultures develop dishes that are similar but with their unique spin on them. Thanks!

  8. Camilla! I always love the creativity you bring to your recipes! I will have to push myself a bit further outside the bix next month - your recipes looks amazing!

  9. Yum and did not know it was both both mashed potatoes and grated raw potato!I think it is so cool you found shamrocks for the dish lol.