Irish Boxty With Smoked Trout

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Tender potato pancakes flavored with smoked trout and fresh dill. Delicious.


Boxty are traditional Irish potato pancakes. A starchy potato, like the Russet, is best for this recipe. It helps keeps the boxty together and crisp up in the butter. If you don’t have a potato masher, you can use a whisk. Just be careful not overwork the cooked potatoes or the batter will get too stiff.


1/2 pound cooked potatoes
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 pound shredded raw potato
8 ounces crumbled smoked trout
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill fronds, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons butter
Sour Cream


  1. In large mixing bowl, mash together cooked potatoes and buttermilk. Add flour, baking soda, salt and pepper. Mash together. Stir in raw potato, trout and dill until well combined.
  2. Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat. Using ice cream scoop, carefully drop boxty batter into pan and brown on both sides. Garnish with fresh dill and serve with sour cream.



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