Leitrim's Boxty Story

Boxty - Place on a Plate

When they say that local food is an integral part of our heritage and culture, they must have been thinking about boxty which must be as old as Leitrim itself ! Let’s be honest, boxty is a bit of a legend really. It even has its own Wikipedia page.Boxty is described by others as a potato pancake but surely this description to not do justice it. The formula sees equal amounts of flour, cooked potatoes, raw potatoes with a touch of salt mixed together and cooked on a hot pan. Variations to the recipe see some incorporating buttermilk, some adding baking soda and there are many many recipes that are typically family heirlooms and carefully guarded secrets.

They say that the name boxty derives from the Irish language name of arán bocht tí ,with the literal meaning of poor house bread. Its origin dates back to before the famine times . It is really synonymous with the North/West of Ireland, in particular counties Leitrim and Cavan. While not politically correct, it has even inspired folk rhymes: “Boxty on the griddle, Boxty on the pan, if you can’t make Boxty, you’ll never get a man” There are 3 distinct and very different varieties of Traditional Irish Boxty: Pan Boxty, Loaf Boxty and Boiled Boxty. In recent years the popularity of boxty has soared with the introduction of thinner boxty pancakes wrapped around savoury fillings.

Taste Leitrim is delighted to highlight the 3 boxty makers of Co. Leitrim who’s products are sold throughout the region – McNiffes, Dromod Boxty and Shannonside Savouries. Visitors can enjoy boxty on the menus of Victoria Hall, Carrick on Shannon and the Rowan Tree Restaurant, Dromahair