Boxty with bacon, eggs & tomatoes

Boxty with bacon, eggs & tomatoes

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

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Serves 6
Sizzling bacon and melt-in-the-mouth tomatoes top off this quick and easy fry-up

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal510
  • fat30g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein22g
  • salt2.55g
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  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 150ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 3 tbsp butter (or more if you need)



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or more if you need)

For the tomatoes

  • 6 small bunches cherry tomatoes

To serve

  • 12 rashers back bacon
  • 6 eggs, cooked how you like them



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Before you start, put your oven on its lowest setting, ready to keep things warm. Peel the potatoes, grate 2 of them, then set aside. Cut the other 2 into large chunks, then boil for 10-15 mins or until tender. Meanwhile, squeeze as much of the liquid from the grated potatoes as you can using a clean tea towel. Mash the boiled potatoes, then mix with the grated potato, spring onions and flour.

  2. Whisk the egg white in a large bowl until it holds soft peaks. Fold in the buttermilk, then add the bicarbonate of soda. Fold into the potato mix.

  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, then add 1 tbsp butter and some of the oil. Drop 3-4 spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the pan, then gently cook for 3-5 mins on each side until golden and crusty. Keep warm on a plate in the oven while you cook the next batch, adding more butter and oil to the pan before you do so. You will get 16 crumpet-size boxty from the mix. Can be made the day ahead, drained on kitchen paper, then reheated in a low oven for 20 mins.

  4. Heat the grill to medium and put the tomatoes in a heavy-based pan. Add a good knob of butter and a little oil, then fry for about 5 mins until softened. Grill the bacon, then pile onto a plate and keep warm. Stack up the boxty, bacon and egg, and serve the tomatoes on the side.

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25th Feb, 2014
30 minutes cooking time my arse. Very nice though.
4th Feb, 2012
This isnt proper boxty!!! its potato farls!
5th May, 2010
nice enough for breaky, about the goey texture add an extra 50g-100g of flour :-)
26th May, 2009
Made a test batch - tasted good but were very soft. Is this how they should be. The photograph in the magazine shows them looking firmer and more well done than mine turned out. I will remake them as I didn't have the buttermilk this time, which I think will just give them the edge they need. I would appreciate comments on the texture if anyone reads this
3rd May, 2009
This makes a fantastic Sunday morning breakfast. Gooey eggs, sweet totmatoes, that special taste the buttermilk adds to the boxty and smokey bacon. What more do you want? Try it you'll love it!
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