|McGuires Irish Pub|
Much like tailgating, McGuire's Pub in Pensacola, Florida is grounds for good food, stout beer, and a little fun and debauchery. Described as "a turn of the century New York Irish saloon," McGuires offers up live Irish ballads and drinking songs, an award winning steak, beer brewed "in house," and tradition.
|Enjoy an Irish Wake or "In House" Brew|
|JJ Sings a Lovely Ballad|
As we each tried an Irish Boxty, also known as an Irish potato pancake, Elton said, " You know what would make these EVEN better? Cheese!" Chris and I discussed this further and by the end of the night, we had created our own Irish tradition and Boxty recipe, Hylander's Loaded Baked Potato Boxtys. This recipe, inspired by McGuire's Pub and our Irish heritage, is a great starter to get your team ready to cheer for the next touchdown!
|Chris (left) and Elton (right) are up to no good!|
Hylander's Loaded Baked Potato Boxtys
|Hylander's Loaded Baked Potato Boxtys|
An old Irish favorite, "Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan; if you can't make a boxty, you'll never get a man." -McGuires Irish Pub
10 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup milk
8 strips thick cut, wood smoked bacon, fried and cut into small pieces
1 cup cheddar jack cheese
1/4 cup freshly sliced green onion
3 eggs, beaten
3 cups Progresso Garlic and Herbs Bread Crumbs
A1 Steak Sauce
** Anything you would put on your potatoes... you can dip these in!!**
|Adding in Bacon Bits and Pieces|
Now, on to the Boxty making! Uncover mixing bowl of mashed potatoes and add bacon bits and pieces, cheese and green onions. Place under mixer and mix ingredients until combined evenly. Set aside. Pour vegetable oil into a medium skillet and heat on medium settings. (I used enough to fill the pan up to about half an inch to an inch.) While the oil heats up, put eggs in a seperate bowl and breadcrumbs in another seperate bowl. Now, take potato mixture and form spoonfuls to any shape you like (We made footballs for tailgating season!). Dredge each "boxty" through eggs and then breadcrumbs. Place in oil and fry for about a minute to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. They can also be refrigerated for up to 3 days and frozen for up to 3 months! Enjoy!
|Combining Boxty Ingredients|
|Shaping the Boxtys|
|Frying the Boxtys|
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