Potato Farls

Potato Farls


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About this recipe: The word "farl" is Gaelic for four parts. Make these with leftover mashed potatoes and serve hot with a little butter and salt, or fry them alongside soda bread as part of an Ulster Fry-up!

Ita County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 30g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. In a pot, cover potatoes with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer on medium-high heat until the centre of the potatoes are tender when checked with a fork, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat. Drain, return potatoes to pot and allow to completely dry out over remaining heat. Mash until smooth.
  2. Place warm mashed potato in medium bowl. Stir in flour, salt and melted butter. Mix lightly until dough forms.
  3. On a well floured surface, knead the dough lightly. The dough will be sticky. Use a floured rolling pin to flatten into a 9 inch circle about 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Cut into quarters using a floured knife.
  5. Sprinkle a little flour into the base of a dry frying pan and cook the farls for 3 minutes on each side or until evenly browned. Season with a little salt and serve straight away.

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Reviews (7)


Something else. You can also make poytao aple by adding chopped softened apple. - 24 Feb 2009


Tastes great and very easy to make, and believe it or not Scots are Gaels as well as the Irish where the language originated. - 20 Mar 2013


Farl is not a Gaelic word but is actually Scots. Great recipe. very easy and awesome fried with bacon and eggs. - 01 Feb 2013

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