Do You Love Potatoes? [Updated]



Lorcan Bourke with two Rooster-spellbounded, spud-loving tykes.

Happy Potato Day to you and yours!

But have we lost the true meaning of National Potato Day?


Lorcan Bourke of Bord Bia writes:

‘Bord Bia, in conjunction with the Irish Potato Federation and the Irish Farmer’s Association, is delighted to welcome the return of National Potato Day TODAY..
Ireland’s love of the potato remains strong, with 96.6% of all Irish households buying potatoes in 2014 – that’s 1.6 million households! And it’s not just traditional potato dishes that are finding favour with the public, has just released the nation’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, a list of the seven most downloaded potato dishes from the site. Much-loved traditional potato recipes enjoyed by generations of Irish people are featured alongside easy-to-prepare contemporary and international dishes, including Lebanese spiced potatoes and potato and onion pakoras.

Pádraic Óg Gallagher, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland and Proprietor/Executive Chef of Gallagher’s Boxty House [Temple Bar, Dublin], who has been creating delicious potato recipes for over 26 years said: “The potato is the star of our menu and we even grow some of our own potatoes on site and serve them in the restaurant daily. The potato is such a great natural food for creating quick and easy recipes and I would encourage everyone to check out for inspiration and to try one of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ recipes in celebration of National Potato Day”.’

To celebrate National Potato Day We have A dinner for FOUR in the Boxty House including cocktail aperitifs by their award-winning mixologist, Michael Griffiths (who will be representing Ireland at the world cocktail championship in Taiwan next month) to literally giveaway.

To enter, just complete this SIMPLE sentence:

“My favourite potato-based recipe involves_____________________________________”

Lines MUST close at 2.15 4.45pm 9pm.

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96 thoughts on “Do You Love Potatoes? [Updated]

  1. Lordo66

    “My favourite potato-based recipe involves boiling in Champagne as Water is now too F-In Expensive”

  2. goldfinch bitch

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves… me and my baby boy cooking together for my terminally ill wife.

  3. Steph

    My favourite potato based recipe involves butter, milk, salt, mashing the spuds and my mum cutting in pieces of grilled rashers using a pair of scissors before mashing it up again.

    Simple, easy to eat and delicious. Perfect meal after arriving home from school with feet soaked from the rain.

  4. Ais

    My favourite potato based recipe (at the moment) involves mash, with a variety of additions, as i just got my wisdom teeth out and it’s just about all I can eat.. mash of the week blue cheese and bacon…

  5. Goosey Lucy

    My favourite potato- based recipe involves making tortilla using sliced par- boiled potatoes, any veggies/ meat a dollop of eggs and a good heap of cheddar.
    Clears the fridge out and tastes great! Great cold too yum !!

  6. Janet McEvoy

    Fish cut up, peas, white sauce, mashed spuds with grated cheese on top, lovely tasty comfort food.

  7. fmong

    I can tell you my LEAST favourite method serving potatoes, and that’s raw and flung at the me on the back of the head, from the balcony of a second floor flat on Mercer street by some ne’er-do-well street urchins…

  8. Spaghetti Hoop

    My favourite potato-based recipe is in homage to my late mother and involves raw spuds and a grater while singing;

    “Boxty on the griddle,
    Boxty in the pan,
    If you can’t make boxty,
    You’ll never get your man.”

    (Old Irish Ditty, Anon)

  9. JoeO

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves boiling the spuds in their jackets till they are floury and smiling. Then slicing them and melting proper Irish butter on them and giving them a good sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Then savouring their just so yummy taste and texture.

  10. Herya

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves chips and crisps wrapped in a boxty, with a side of mash!

  11. Nessy

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves potatoes baked to perfection and covered in cheese accompanied by a salad and washed down with some poitín distilled with potatoes. This would be followed by a lemon drizzle potato cake made from mashed potatoes. Nomnom

  12. Sheila

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves mashing some steamed potato with a little butter, then scooping out onto the plate using an ice cream scoop. I will then eat said potato by cutting the scoop into quarters, add a dash of salt and a little bit of butter.

  13. Bertie Blenkinsop

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves stealing Trevelyn’s corn
    So my young might see the morn.

  14. H

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves a (now sadly all too seldom) trip to my Mam’s home town to partake in my aunt’s legendary boxty…

  15. Happy Molloy

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves new Irish baby potatoes boiled and then crushed with a healthy portion of spring onions then stirred around with some good Irish butter. Goes with everything!

  16. TK Ickle

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves spuds boiled in their skins. Then peeled and placed in a large bowl. Add an unhealthy amount of real butter and slightly season with a little salt. Then pour in loads of full fat milk. Squish it all together with a fork or just have it lumpy while swimming in milk. I know it sounds the same as making mash but it’s not. You have you use loads of milk.


    1. TK Ickle

      For the record I would just like to deny that this a meal that you give to babies and young kids.

      Probably best you don’t eat it with other people around too.

  17. Scooperman

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves rooster potatoes. Half, cut nice and thin, cooked in non-stick tray with small bit of oil in the oven at 180 for about 15mins. Other half mashed with butter cream salt pepper. Giant mushrooms, garlic and onions sliced up really small fried with butter. Glass of white wine in on top, reduce, add lemon juice, take off heat, add cream. Striploin steak seasoned and cooked medium. Champion. (Left over mash turned into potato salad next day with mayo, lemon and loads of black pepper).

  18. Brendo

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves cooked potato, mashed with a little milk, flattened into little pancakes, sprinkled lightly with flour and left on the pan to brown for 2 minutes. Known simply as Potato Cakes. Swipe hot from the pan, smatter in butter and devour. Heaven.

    1. H

      OMG, I want to change my answer now – my Ma’s potato cakes are even better than my aunt’s boxty, she chars them on the griddle lets them cool then fries them *drool*

  19. mandy jackson

    My favourite potato based recipe involves potatoes mashed on top of chicken and broccoli bound by cambells chicken soup and curry powder all wrapped up in a pie!

  20. Sean Dev

    My favourite potato based recipe involves butter, salt, milk, gravy granules and good quality jumbo sausages. Chop potatoes in to large even sized chunks and place it to pot of water. Boil for twenty minutes – mash potatoes adding butter, salt and warmed milk. Grill or pan fry sausages on low – medium heat. Use sausage fat to make gravy. Add a small amount of grated cheese to the potato and top off with sausages and gravy.

    tl;dr bangers and mash.

  21. Disasta

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves

    Bake potato
    Remove the potato from skin and mash with butter* salt and pepper (cream too if you want coronary pleasure).
    On a pan cook some onion, garlic and ham (good chunks of ham, not sliced stuff) in butter.
    Towards the end add in the mashed potato you removed from the skin and some blue cheese to the pan.
    Mix this together on the pan and put back into the potato skin.
    Top with grated cheddar cheese and put in the oven for a bit.

    Remove from oven and pile into face**.

    *No mincy light can’t believe its Flora puke. Proper stuff right?
    **Allow adequate cooking time or suffer lava throat.

  22. Declan Gilmore

    ‘My favourite potato-based recipe involves my own spuds grown in #Decsplot with butter,salt n pepper

  23. Andrus Mets

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves hot ash. (Ash-baked potatoes). Once the fire burned down, put the unpeeled potatoes in the ash. Simple

  24. Julie Davis

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves me with a Burdocks special at 2am, exaggerated-mouth-open-chewing right up in the face of my overly-restrained, uptight, carb-denying, paleo mates.

  25. scottser

    my favourite potato based recipe involves bacon and cabbage cos YOU DO NOT FUK WITH THE CLASSICS!!!

  26. Aido

    My favourite potato based recipe involves my mothers typically slapdash approcah to family mealtimes:

    Kerr Pinks – ‘loads’ (probably about like 12 if they’re of decent size)
    Kerrygold butter (none of that vegetable oil low salt shite)
    Proper cream.

    Boil the utter bejaysus out of the spuds while they’re still in their jacket. Once boiled, peel the supds while burning your fingers and cursing the potatoes for being too hot (while refusing to wait until they’re cool. Add the soft, flaky balls of fluffy deliciousness back into the (drained) saucepan. I’m not exaggerating when I say you want about 60/40 spuds to butter (okay, maybe a bit but seriously, add loads of butter).
    Mash the backside out of the supds, add a bit of cream (like half a pint).

    If you must, add a bit of salt to taste. Any of this high-falutin wasabi or scallion and chedder nonsense will not be entertained.

    1. Aido

      (I honestly got such a big hunga while writing this up that I forgot how to grammar or spell cheddar!) and now I can’t edit it.

  27. Linda Mcneill

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves .
    Ingredients (serves 4) Potato Wedges

    1kg potatoes
    4 dollops* Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise
    1 garlic clove, chopped
    1 tablespoon chopped rosemary and oregano
    1 Cracked black pepper How to make it:

    1- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
    2- Mix the mayonnaise with the garlic and herbs. Add pepper and paprika.
    3- Cut the potatoes into wedges and stir the in the mayonnaise mixture.
    4- Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated oven, until golden, stirring half way through.
    Serve with some delicious grilled meat like lamb or beef.

  28. Italia'90

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves 4-6 large Roosters chipped evenly and par boiled(then set aside). 1 large onion (or 2 small) sliced evenly and placed in a Pyrex dish covering the base completely, add a dribble of water then place 4-6 pork chops on top and cover with tinfoil, pop in the oven @180c for 30-40 mins. Remove from the oven, discard the foil, add another dribble of water if needed. Then add the chipped spuds, covering the pork completely and sprinkle a generous amount of cumin seeds(Kminek Caly from your local Polish shop). Back into the oven for 30-40 mins or until the spuds start to brown. Serves 3-4 adults for under a tenner. A TENNER!

  29. Aisling

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves new baby potatoes cut in half, boiling and slightly cooled. Mix in tub of creme fraiche, health dose of horseradish sauce and some chopped spring onions. Season, and toss with a little lambs leaf lettuce ….

  30. Aisling

    Gratin Dauphinoise:

    Grease a large oven-proof dish with butter and crush some garlic and spread it around the bottom of the dish.
    Layer thinly sliced potatoes, seasoning with salt and pepper, and generously sprinkling with grated cheese between each layer.

    When you have reached the top of the dish (maybe 4 or 5 layers), cover the top layer with grated cheese.

    Whisk together 1/2 pint of milk and 1/2 pint of double cream, and pour evenly over the potatoes.

    Stick it in a pre-heated oven at 180C and bake for approx 1 hour.

    Cheesey potato deliciousness is now yours to enjoy! Delicious with any meal, but is a must with a Sunday Roast or Christmas Dinner!

      1. Italia'90

        I make that at Christmas too but with a bit of chopped onion(boiled first) and without the cheese. Maybe next time?
        I also use tinfoil so it doesn’t burn.
        I’m a hound for the tinfoil.
        See my earlier post

    1. Aisling

      My favourite potato-based recipe involves potatoes, butter, cheese, garlic, milk and cream! See the recipe I just posted above for reference! :-)

  31. emer

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves…some nice floury potatoes all mashed up with a bit of milk, butter, pepper and salt added for flavour. Then I smother it with lashings of gravy and I don’t need anything else on the plate – that’s just heaven!

    1. deliverancecountry

      floury spuds
      My favourite is to mash them into a proper stew, but when the stew is all gobbled up I’ll finish with just a floury pocket of puffy magic mashed up with a dab of butter.

  32. mick

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves baked potatoes with their jackets left on, served with baked beans and lots of real irish butter – delicious!

  33. Frilly Keane, Anyone?

    My favourite Potato based recipe involves a deep fat fryer…

    Naw. Seriously. All my favourites nvolve left overs.
    . Take leeks or scallions, whatevers cheaper/ handier, snip ‘im into baby finger nail sized tubes. Sweat ’em off in loads n loads of proper salty butter. Toss in last nights left over mash. ( a daycent sized portion ) Mush together. Add a ltr of a milky stock, heat up to a bubble. Blend.

    Season as ya like. And the crustier the bread ya dip in the better.

    Never been to the Boxty House. G’luck to everyone

  34. realPolithicks

    “My favourite potato-based recipe involves a 20 inch four way lug wrench, three, two by fours, a six pack of Back Forty Beer Co, Naked Pig pale ale and some “ExLax, chocolated stimulant laxatives.”

  35. Spaghetti Hoop

    This has now made one hanker for an oul spud.
    We really ARE the potato-heads the world says we are. *chuckle*

  36. Alfred E. Neumann

    This won’t win, but I offer it as a service to the hungover and the young. Fry up some lumps of black and white pudding, chopped sausages and rashers, and mushrooms. Mix in with two cans of beans, and put them in an oven dish. Spread cold mashed potato on top.

    Press the end of a pint glass twice into the top half to make two round indentations like eyes. Put an oiled half tomato for a nose, and a sausage for a smile. Crack two eggs into the eyeholes and cook for twenty minutes in a hot oven.

    This is called Shepherd’s Fry. It is a triple boon to the hungover. It’s easy to cook, it’s good recovery food, and it smiles reassuringly at you. Kids also love it.

      1. Alfred E. Neumann

        Scottser, that’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me. Which is pretty worrying, now that I think about it.

  37. AnnaRaRaRa

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves that little bit of dirt on homegrown potatoes that will NEVER come off no matter how much you scrub them.

  38. sheesh

    I’m saving a link to this post, drooling reading it. I reckon there’s enough spud-based recipes here to get me through winter.

    My 2 cents:
    Thin, pan-fried boxty dripping with butter, served with the mother of all fry-ups (as in a fry-up by the mother). A mouthful of salty rasher, sausage, runny egg, homemade boxty , accompanied by a cup of tea the colour of Sadolin. Cure for many a hangover…
    Feck it, I’m going home for a visit this weekend now

    1. Alfred E. Neumann

      Nice. I think this item might stimulate the biggest movement out of Dublin since the Lockout.

  39. Dudey

    “My favourite potato-based recipe involves, frying some stewing steak, slicing up potatoes to suit serving numbers, crushed clove of garlic, layer in a slow cooker, with salt and pepper, press down, add enough water, to just cover, leave on high or low to suit your cooking time, then walk away,

    Come back to a great meal, that has been remarkbly transformed, into a new dimension of taste, whenever you feel like eating.

  40. munkifisht

    I’m actually quite hungry at the moment, so I’m taking this seriously.


    Take your nice big spud and stick it in the oven at 225°C until fully cooked.

    Remove and careful half spuds (you want to keep the skins) and dig out the flesh with a spoon. Put the skins back in the oven and leave in there while you prep the mash. For an added bit of flavour, grate some parmesan on the skins.

    To your spuddy flesh add some thyme, sage, butter a small amount of milk and season to taste. You’ll find that baking them in the oven has done all the hard work for you, they will instantly mash to the perfect consistency with no lumps

    I like to have this with chicken:

    Take chicken breast, score the top

    Make a marinade with some olive oil and a health dose of balsamic vinegar, leave in there for a while.

    Cook on a hot griddle pan, just before the chicken is ready chuck on the rest of the balsamic vinegar. It will start to boil and reduce and coat your chicken with the most lovely jus. Don’t let it reduce completely as we’ll pour this on the chicken (this is also a really nice way to cook steak)

    And also garlic green beans

    make a little garlic butter

    Broil some green beans and serve with the garlic butter.

    To Serve
    Spoon mash on plate in a chicken breast sized heap, lay green beans on top so the garlic butter starts to drip on the mash and then lay the chicken down on top of that. all the juices flow downwards and infuse your mash so it’s insanely tasty. The potato skins turn out super crunchy and can be served on the side (or you can also spoon your mash into them, grate on some cheese and pop em back in the oven for a few minutes)

  41. Annie

    My favourite potato based recipe involves roasting baby potatoes until they’re crispy and slightly charred. Then I throw in some thinly sliced red and yellow peppers, onions and some whole garlic cloves too. Last but not least, some chunks of chorizo. I pile it up and serve it with a sauce made from Maille mustard, crème fraiche and some grated cheese. I have now made myself hungry.

  42. Drogg

    My favourite potato-based recipe is simple boiled roosters, a hefty chunk of dairygold, a dash of sea salt and a man powered mashing machine. Perfection.

  43. Rose

    My favourite potato-based recipe involves…potatoes and nothing else!

    A potato is so delicious, it doesn’t need even need salt or butter. All you need is a potato and a fork. Or not even a fork…You can eat it like an apple :)

  44. Mirjana Radovanov

    My favurite potato based recipe involves filo pastry, potatoes, olive oil & onions :)

  45. Drogg

    My Other favourite potato-based recipe involves putting a small piece of lamb with the bone still in and about 2lb of stewing steak, both halves of a halfved skinned onion and about 2 carrots roughly chopped into a large pot, cover with a good bit of water about 2-3 inch above the top of your ingredients and boil for 3 hours.

    Then remove the bone from the lamb and the carrots and onion, a good sieve will help with this. Then add in 2 packets of oxtail soup, 3 sliced carrots and as much potatoes as the water will cover then boil for about 30 mins or until the potatoes start falling apart. Then give a good mix and serve a wonderful stew.

  46. Anna

    Garlic, cream and chesse. Potato Gratin is the best potato dish known to man! Some cracked black pepper on top!!!

  47. Janet

    My favourite potato based recipe is Mammys colcannon, mashed floury spuds mixed though with milk, salt, cooked chopped kale onions and buckets of butter….

  48. Janet

    second favourite, wrap them in tinfoil cook in the fire embers till skin is black add lots of butter to enhance the smokey flavour… best prepared on a remote beach ….

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