Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes) with Bangers in a Guinness Mushroom and Onion Gravy

Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes) – If you’re a fan of pancakes and potatoes, then this dish is definitely for you. Boxty is a traditional Irish potato pancake that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, making it the perfect comfort food for any occasion. And what better way to enjoy this delicious dish than with bangers (sausages), all smothered in a rich Guinness mushroom and onion gravy? Trust me, one bite of this mouth-watering combination and you’ll be hooked! In this post, I’ll be sharing with you the history of Boxty, how to make it from scratch, as well as tips on how to serve it alongside the perfect gravy. So grab a pint of Guinness and let’s get started!

How to Make Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes)

Irish-style potato pancakes stuffed with sausage in a tasty Guinness mushroom and onion sauce!
Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 hours
Total Time: 45 hoursServings: 4


For the bangers in a Guinness mushroom and onion gravy:

  • 1 pound sausage (Irish or English bangers if you can get them)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour (or rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness (or 1 1/2 cups beef broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

For the boxty:

  • 1 cup potato, grated
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup flour (or rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup milk (or buttermilk)*
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter or oil for frying


For the bangers in a Guinness mushroom and onion gravy:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sausage and cook until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side, and set them aside, slicing them as desired.
  3. Add the onions and mushrooms and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and thyme and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  5. Sprinkle in the flour and let it cook for a minute.
  6. Add the Guinness, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar along with the sausage and simmer for 10 minutes.

For the boxty:

  1. Mix the grated potatoes, mashed potatoes, flour, and enough milk to make a nice thick pancake-like batter.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the batter, and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side.
  3. Option: Add 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar to the pancakes!
  4. Option: Add chopped herbs to the pancakes!
  5. Option: Top with a fried egg!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 490, Fat 14.4g (Saturated 4.7g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 36mg, Sodium 910mg, Carbs 56.8g (Fiber 3g, Sugars 8.8g), Protein 28.1g

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Food is my passion, and I'm grateful every day that I get to share that passion with others through my blog. I hope to continue exploring the world of food and sharing my experiences with my readers for many years to come.

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