“Cheesy” Smashed Potato Boxty. A golden crispy shell with a smooth, tender inside.
A potato by any other name . . .
Irish Boxty, Jewish Latke, Swiss Rosti, German Reibekuchen or — Potato Pancake! Spanning multiple cultures over hundreds of years, this traditional dish provides quite a versatile palette for each creator. Made primarily from a base of mashed potatoes, or mashed potatoes and raw potatoes (although some cultures have historically used vegetables or legumes) the additions beyond that are numerous: Flour, egg, milk, cheese, onion, scallions, chives or garlic. The list goes on, limited only by its preparer’s imagination.
Keepin’ it healthy, makin’ it plant-based . . .
One of my objectives for Nutritionicity is to recreate traditional dishes by making them healthier while keeping them delicious. I replaced the glutenful flour with a combination of rice flour and coconut flour which are both gluten-free. To transform them into little golden cakes of plant-based goodness, I replaced the egg with flax egg, the milk with cashew milk, and used vegan cheese. As far as frying them up in a skillet . . . well, any healthy eating purest will tell you that anything fried in any way is, ahem, less than ideal. So let’s use our healthy fats. I used olive oil and avocado oil (separately) to pan fry these little buggers, and each oil was a great alternative! Both of these oils remain stable at higher temperatures and taste great when used for browning.
Serving them up!
Serving suggestions, not unlike the Boxties themselves, are plentiful with options. Both savory and sweet, some are served with applesauce or cinnamon and sugar, and some are served with chopped chives or gravy, just to name a few. I finished my Boxties with my vegan Lemon “Cream” (recipe for that can be found in my Vegan Zucchini Cakes) and chopped fresh chives. Mwah! So good!! Well, let’s get started!
Great for a Saint Patrick’s Day feast, using up Thanksgiving leftovers, or anytime in between! Enjoy!! And if you are flavin’ for another healthy potato recipe, try my oil-free Lemon Garlic Oven Fries or my Vegan Au Gratin Potatoes!