A delicious recipe from Brian McDermott on Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1.


This is the greatest dish for using leftover mashed potatoes, and it's perfect for breakfast or as a snack or side dish with any main meal. If you have guests from overseas, make sure you introduce them to these farls. They will never underestimate the humble potato again.

Serves 8

  • 500g cooked potatoes mashed
  • 75g butter
  • 75g plain flour plus a bit for dusting
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • Ground white pepper
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 75g butter, for cooking


  1. Sift the flour with the baking powder and add the nutmeg, salt and ground white pepper. Add into your leftover cooked mashed potato mix and stir to combine. It should form a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into two halves. Form one piece into a ball, then roll it out on a floured surface and into a rough circle with a diameter of about 15 cm and a thickness of 5mm
  3. Cut the circle into quarters.
  4. Heat a non-stick shallow frying pan over a medium heat with 75g butter to grease the surface. Transfer the four pieces to the pan and cook for around 3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side for another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove to a warm plate, and repeat the process with another 75g of butter and the other half of the dough mix. Brush with melted butter before serving.

Brian's Top Tip:

Add in some cheese and bacon and serve with a poached egg for a quick lazy weekend breakfast