Found a recipe in a book by Clare Connery, called, I think, "Food and Folklore of Ireland" for Boxty Cakes last weekend. Thinking of this, I did a quick Google search on Boxty Cakes and came up with a number of recipes. Some use mashed potato and grated potato, some used grated potato only; some use buttermilk, some use ordinary milk. The one I used went mainly like:
1 pound potatoes, washed and peeled
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
Oil for frying
Grate the potatoes on a coarse grater into a bowl; add the flour sieved with the baking powder. Season with salt and pepper and mix in milk. Drop tablespoons of this mixture onto a hot, lightly oiled pan or griddle. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve hot with butter and sugar or fried bacon.
I had mine with bacon on the side and a soft fried egg on top. Kiss your MacDonald's hash browns goodbye! Next time, I think I might grate some onion into the mixture.....
Nice little link below to what must be a very traditional recipe. Cheers.