March 19, 2011

McGuire's Irish Boxtys

An old Irish favorite, "Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan; if you can't make a boxty, you'll never get a man."
-McGuires Irish Pub
I was so excited for this week b/c I knew I wanted to make one of my favorite appetizers, Irish Boxtys. In college I waited tables at a world famous (seriously!) Irish pub and steakhouse in Pensacola, FL called McGuire's. 
To this day I still think Mcguire's has the best burgers, prime rib, and pork chops that I have EVER had. Oh, and their Frozen Irish Coffee is AH-MAZING! Man, now I wish I was back home!
Anyway, they have an appetizer called Irish Boxtys that are garlic mashed potatoes rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and flash fried then served with dipping sauces.

I recreated this easy dish for St Patty's Day~
 check out the recipe below!


  • 16 oz garlic mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • guacamole, salsa, and horseradish sauce for dipping
Using a small ice cream scoop, section out mashed potatoes into balls on a large plate.
Place the plate in the freezer for 30 minutes so they will be easier to handle.

Heat oil in a small saucepan over med-high.

Place beaten egg in one bowl and seasoned bread crumbs in another.
Dip potatoes in egg then bread crumb mixture then place in hot oil.
Optional: You can mix shredded cheddar cheese in with the mashed potatoes
and then scoop into balls and freeze.

Fry for just 30 seconds to a minute, until crispy brown.
Drain on a paper towel and serve warm.

Serve with salsa, guacamole,
and horseradish cream (sour cream, Worcestershire, and horseradish)

McGuire's Irish Boxty's~ you've got to try these!
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  1. I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Irish Boxty widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for Irish Boxty,Thanks!

  2. I've lived in Fort Walton Beach for 20 years so needless to say, I love me some McGuire's! Boxty's have got to be my favorite item on the menu! Thank you for the recipe! (and the horseradish sauce recipe- my fave!) Do you know what they add to the guacamole sauce?

  3. I love McGuire's!!! My husband was stationed in Pensacola for 7 months and that was our favorite place to eat and the Boxty was something we ordered every single time!!! Thank You for putting this on here because I was thinking of making some for dinner. Yay!!

  4. I can not wait to make this. My husband and I loved McGuire's and have been trying different recipes for Irish boxty...nothing has come close. So thank you for posting your recipe.

  5. Definitely making these right now! Yes, I realize it's 2230. XD
    My hubs is currently stationed just outside Pcola and McGuires is our favorite restaurant ever, with boxty's being my favorite food item.

  6. Thanks for this! I have wanted their recipe for a while and after a server gave me the basics, I was determined to find it! Cannot wait to cook them!

  7. I'm trying these tonight. About how much oil do you use? Just pour enough in the pan to cover and cook the balls? Should it be boiling?

  8. Never heard of boxty's either, but it sounds like it would be addictive!

  9. Wow this sound delicious. Really mouth is watering. Thanks for this lip-smacking recipe.

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  15. Your recipe Boxty caught my attention. Soon I was pulled in by the other recipes.I could use a frozen coffee right Now! Am signing up for other fun recipes.Just don't go all kale and broccoli on me!


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