Glazed Spiced Venison with Forest Mushrooms and Sweet Potato Mash

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

The delicate flavour of the venison is complemented by the gutsy sweet potato mash and sauté of wild mushrooms. Most supermarkets now stock a decent range including chanterelle, oyster, chestnut and if you’re very lucky ceps (porcini) if they’re in season.

Affogato al Caffè with Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Affogato is good at any time of year and it is an incredibly easy dessert to prepare. Choose the best vanilla ice cream you can find and make sure you use good, strong espresso (regular brewed coffee will not work here). The recipe for the biscotti makes about 30 but they keep very well in an airtight container.

Beer Batter Fish Tacos with Cherry Tomato Salsa

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a great recipe of tortillas filled with shallow fried fish goujons, tomato salsa, a little soured cream and some salad. Perfect served with ice cold beer for the grown ups…

Carrot & Courgette Cake with Rosemary & Orange Crème Fraiche

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Carrot, courgette and cardamom are a wonderful combination of flavours. The cake itself is moist enough but for that extra special touch you can add the delicious rosemary & orange crème fraiche. If you want to go all out, you can make mini carrots and courgettes out of marzipan with a little orange and green food colouring and angelica root for the stalks. This cake will keep in the fridge for 3–5 days.

Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters with Raw Oysters and a Shallot Mignonette

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is a fantastic recipe to showcase fresh oysters, the shooters add a bit of fun to the dish and will ensure that your evening starts well!

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

These delicious single-portion cheesecakes are the perfect summer treat. The pretty swirl created from the raspberry infusion will add a pop of colour to your day!

Ardsallagh Goat's Cheese and Beetroot Compote

From: The Afternoon Show

A tasty starter, served with a rocket salad.

Kilmore Quay Mussels with Bacon and White Wine

From: Today

Serve with some crusty bread.

Domini Kemp's Irish Stew

From: Today

Serve with soda bread.

Spiced Mixed Nuts

From: Four Live

Sometimes a bowl of these in the middle of a table at a drinks reception is just enough.


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