Irish pumpkin and potatoes boxty

By Kevin Dundon
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  • 300g leftover mash potatoes
  • 100g rooster potatoes, grated
  • 100g pumpkin, grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons plain flour or corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage
  • 50g Irish butter
  • 200g Irish smoked salmon, we love using Duncannon smoked house
  • 1 teaspoon Achill Sea Salt, optional
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Grate the potatoes and pumpkin into a bowl. Squeeze to remove excess water if needed. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooled mash potato and add the grated raw potato and pumpkin and half of the sage.
  3. Season well with salt and pepper and stir to create a soft dough. Add some flour to help stiffen the mixture if needed.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan over a medium to low heat, form and shape thick discs of the potatoes mixture and lightly press on the pan to make sure it is sticking together.
  5. Cook for three to four minutes until the base of the boxty is golden brown. Flip over and add the butter and the rest of the sage. Continue cooking for a further three to four minutes depending on the thickness until the boxty are piping hot in the middle, basting with the foaming butter.  Remove from the heat and serve immediately with slices of smoked salmon and sprinkle of achill sea salt and extra fresh sage if desired. 

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