Boxtie on the griddle, boxtie in the pan, If you can’t make boxtie, you’ll never get a man. At least so sayeth the Irish. But, what if I don’t want to share my boxtie? They’re two kinds of potatoes and something you may not want to share when you make them, either. Boxtie are essentially Irish pancakes and originated in Leitrim County in Northern Ireland by a poor farmer named, you guessed it, Boxtie. Boxtie can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. One of my favorites is along side a Scotch egg – which, by the way, did not originate in Scotland. There are many conflicting tales of how the name came about or where they actually originated; I choose to believe they’re just Irish enough to go along with boxtie to round out a great breakfast.


  • 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup of shredded hash browns thawed if using frozen
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup AP flour
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients well.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Scoop out 1/2 cup of mixture and flatten into a pancake about 1/2” thick, Fry in a lightly oiled skillet until a light brown crust forms and boxtie is heated through – about 5 minutes on each side.