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Irish Potato Farls

There are two different types of Irish Farls, which are a simple, sturdy flat bread, these potato farls and the more bready Irish Soda Farls. Both types of Farls are plain and are meant to be used as a savory side, or as a base bread for other dishes, including the infamous Ulster Fry Up from Northern Ireland. They are also great with butter, jam, applesauce, or more savory ingredients. We love them topped with scrambled eggs and bacon or sausage - kind of a mini Fry Up. You can also make the Farls themselves more savory by including some chopped fresh or dried herbs, onions, scallions, or garlic. Other cooked, mashed vegetables can be used for some or all of the potatoes, including parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, or carrots. These do not store well, and are best made right before eating. If you do not have leftover mashed potatoes, you can quickly boil, steam, or microwave 4 medium potatoes and mash them before adding to the mixture. Don't neglect to cut the circles into quarters as that is what makes these breads Farls, a name derived from the Gaelic word Fardel, or four parts.

2 cups hot mashed potatoes
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 pinch salt
1/3-2/3 cup flour, plus extra for dusting

Place the hot potatoes in a large bowl and add the butter and salt. Slowly add the flour, mixing well, and adding just enough flour until a soft, sticky dough forms. Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly. Divide the dough in half. Press and stretch the dough to form a 9-inch circle, adding more flour if needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the board. Heat a heavy skillet over low heat and slide the dough into the pan. Quickly cut into four quarters and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining dough. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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