Irish Potato Farls Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner–yes, I can’t believe it’s almost March either.  Food and holidays go hand in hand for me, so I couldn’t resist featuring a recipe for this one.  St. Patrick’s Day might bring to mind images of corned beef, cabbage, and green beer, but for me, I think potatoes.  They’re a weakness.

This recipe for Irish Potato Farls (or cakes or fadge or whatever you’d like to name them) involves just a few basic ingredients and is so easy to make that anyone can tackle the job.  I recommend serving these up in the morning with some fried eggs or at night as some breakfast for dinner.  While these do make an excellent breakfast accompaniment, I like to eat them anytime (potatoes = weakness).  You’ll often see potato farls in a square or triangular shape, but I make mine circular because I’m a rebel.
Irish Potato Farls

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Irish Potato Farls
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  • 1.5 lbs potatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • oil/butter for frying
  1. Peel and cut potatoes into uniform cubes.
  2. Boil with salt in a large saucepan until potatoes break apart when pierced with a fork.
  3. Drain potatoes; add butter and mash.
  4. Gradually add in flour until you have a workable dough. The amount of flour needed will depend on how moist the potatoes are.
  5. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface until it's just under ½ in. in thickness
  6. Use a biscuit cutter (or an upside down glass) to cut out farls. You can shape them any way you like, this is just my preferred method.
  7. Fry about 3 minutes per side until they're deliciously crispy, and serve with more butter!


If you have some leftover mashed potatoes you’d like to put to good use, you can use them as a starting point for this recipe too.  Either way, you’re going to enjoy these!  Just try to resist overdoing it with the butter.  I tend to fail at that.

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  1. Sounds delicious I love ANY form of fried potato !!!!!
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  2. These sound super yummy and pretty easy. I may even have a shamrock cookie cutter I could use!

  3. These look so yummy! I’ll have to give them a try (though I’m not the best cook)!
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  4. Looks yummy!! Thanks for sharing –
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  5. Wow, those look great – and such simple ingredients making such a yummy thing! I must try this! Pinned and shared!

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  6. We make these and they are so good! The kids love them. We usually call them potato pancakes but your name would capture the kids’ interest. 🙂

  7. Wow!! These look and sound amazing!
    I am going to try these out this week for my family.
    It is hard to believe that with just a few ingrediants, they end up so tasty looking!! and of course, who doesn’t love potatoes lol.
    I’m just hoping it really is as easy as you make it look.
    I have to say, I also love your blog layout and colors;) Very chic!

  8. These look so easy to make. Recipe sounds like Potato Latkes, we make. Thanks for the recipe!
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  9. I love this recipe, I do these a lot with my leftover mash potatoes I never realized they were Irish…course mine are round also well kinda 🙂
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  10. Love seeing the authentic irish recipes come out =)
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  11. These look so good! I was looking for a good Potato “Cake” recipe last week. Definitely going to give this one a try!
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  12. These look amazing. What time is breakfast at your place?

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  13. Yum yum! These looks delicious! I want to try these asap! Thanks!
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  14. Great way to use up mashed potatoes!
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  15. It’s a family favorite in our house. I adore having something special to make around each holiday. Great recipe to share!
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  16. Love the idea of using a biscuit cutter! Mine never come out so neat!
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  17. Those sound great but I can’t believe I’ve never heard of them.
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  18. Crystal Rose says:

    Those look really tasty. I’m used to potato pancakes. These seem similar.