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By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 15th, 2013
Irish Boxty? No, it’s not a sport
Irish Boxty is a much better name that Potato Cakes. www.justapinch.com

Irish Boxty is a much better name than “Potato Cakes.” www.justapinch.com

Irish Boxty is more commonly known around these parts as “potato cakes” How many people knew that? I am not on that list.
Well, I think it’s a charming name for something so simple and beloved. The best part of Boxty is that it rescuses leftover mashed potatoes.
A lot of people might find this sacriligious, but I find leftover mashed potatoes a wee bit depressing. It seems like the texture gets all messed up from their being in the refrigerator or something.
Incorporating them into something else, such as palm-sized fried cakes, souped up with fresh seasonings saves the day, especially when the coating provides crispiness on the outside and tenderness on the inside.
Kind of like me before my morning coffee.
Speaking of coffee, and by association, breakfast, reminds me that Boxty works equally well in the morning as it does lunch and dinner and even as a plain-old snack.
Talk about lucky.

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