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Fried Mashed Potatoes (aka Irish Boxtys)
Love is in the air, friends. February is among us and with February comes Valentine’s Day. A time for lovers to show how much they care for each other by exchanging teddy bears bought at the gas station and chocolates filled with harmful sugar. I’ve always agreed with the theory that it was a holiday created by candy and greeting card companies to sell more of their products. In my opinion it’s how you treat a person that shows how much you care for him or her, versus the buying of a gift once a year. I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years now and we always take time out of our day to remind each other how we feel. Valentine’s Day is just another day.
On the other hand, I can understand how some people use Valentine’s Day as a way to escape with your significant other from everyday stresses. My boyfriend and I are both restaurant servers, so 99 times out of 100, we’re working on Valentine’s Day and subjected to serve other couples on their nights out. Since we’re forced to work on this very pink holiday, my boyfriend and I use our anniversary (also in February) as our getaway weekend. Every year we go down to Destin, Florida. We eat crab claws, walk along the beach, and just enjoy our time together in one of the most relaxing spots in Florida. One of our traditions is going to MaGuire’s Irish Pub for dinner. If you’ve never been to MaGuire’s, you are surely missing out. It’s a quirky and exciting restaurant that has an atmosphere that’s easy to get caught up in. It looks like millions worth of dollar bills are stapled to the ceilings and walls – along with bras, underwear, and other racy objects. MaGuire’s adds an extra dose of excitement to our anniversary getaway and also adds delicious Irish food fare.
One of the best items on the menu is the Irish boxtys. The old Irish rhyme goes: “Boxty on the griddle; boxty in the pan; if you can’t make a boxty; you’ll never find a man.” Harsh words, but they don’t take away from the truth that Irish boxtys are delicious and addictive. Irish boxtys are fried garlic mashed potatoes usually served with a horseradish sauce. They are the ultimate comfort food and the best guilty pleasure snack for your romantic getaway.
What You’ll Need
- 2 cups cold garlic mashed potatoes (feel free to use your favorite recipe)
- 1 lightly beaten egg (to mix with the potatoes)
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions
- 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- oil for frying
For horseradish dipping sauce:
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons horseradish
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
First, take your cold mashed potatoes and let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Add all of the ingredients except for the bread crumbs, and mix the potato mixture together until everything is thoroughly combined. Take an ice cream scoop and form your scoops of potato into balls. Next, roll your potato boxty balls in the Panko bread crumbs and fry the balls in the oil until they turn dark brown.
For the horseradish sauce, simply mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes. This little snack is the perfect guilty pleasure for you and your significant other and will add that fun aspect to your getaway weekend food that you’ve been looking for.