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Irish Potato Farls

Posted By Heather On March 16, 2009 @ 3:09 am In Breakfast,Holidays,Recipes | 15 Comments


img_3089x [3]Start St. Patrick’s Day with a fried breakfast and Irish Potato Farls. Or, if you drank lots of gluten-free beer [4], you may want to end your evening with potato farls. Potato farls are simply potato pancakes cut into farls, or fourths.

Irish Potato Farls


4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half (I used Russet Baking potatoes.)
2 TBSP butter, melted
1/2 Cup gluten-free flour (I used brown rice flour.)
1 tsp salt
oil or grease for frying


img_3082x [5]1. Place potato halves into pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer until the potatoes are fork-tender (about 20 min.). Drain the water from the pot and allow the potatoes to dry out.

2. In a medium bowl, mash or beat the potatoes until smooth. Add the butter, flour and salt and beat until well combined.

3. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper (or lightly floured surface). Split the dough into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a round and roll out with a rolling pin into a 9″ circle. Using a pizza cutter, cut each circle into fourths. img_3085x [6]

4. Prepare the skillet by either adding grease/oil or flour. I like to cook bacon and use the grease (only 1-2 TBSP is needed) to cook the potato farls. I think it gives it extra flavor and a little crisp to the edges. However, in lieu of the grease you can dust the skillet with flour. Cook the farls in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each side for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

5. Add butter, salt and pepper, and enjoy! Makes 2 whole potato pancakes, or 8 farls.

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cooked with flour on the skillet

Additional Notes:

  • For a more flavorful potato farl, consider adding sauteed garlic, green onions, and/or peppers at step number 2.
  • Use leftover mashed potatoes, but increase the amount of flour used in order to compensate for any milk and/or sour cream that may be in the mashed potatoes.
  • Make the potato farls ahead of time and then pop them into the toaster to reheat.

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