Yes, traditional Irish food contains a lot of meat and potatoes—but there are plenty of unique and unexpected dishes that hail from the Emerald Isle. You probably know what shepherd’s pie is, but how about boxty or champ? Follow along as we decode some of Ireland’s iconic dishes. (Psst! We also have the scoop on these 11 classic British foods.)
You’d never tell from its name, but a boxty is a potato pancake. It’s made with both grated raw potatoes and mashed potatoes. It supposedly originated during the Irish Potato Famine, and it’s even mentioned in an old Irish rhyme: “Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan; if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get a man.” Learn how to make potato pancakes, here.