Basic Cupcakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This recipe comes from my Aunt Erica, and is adapted from her fairy cake recipe. If you are making these for the kids to decorate and you want to limit the time it takes put everything together, it may be easier to make the cupcakes in advance and then get the kids to decorate them later on.

Porchetta

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is definitely one of my favourite recipes in the book. It’s made using pork shoulder, an inexpensive cut that, when cooked in this manner, results in wonderfully tender meat and crispy crackling. If the idea of rolling and stringing up the shoulder around the stuffing is too much, take the stuffing with you to the butcher when you buy the meat and ask for it to be stuffed and rolled for you. Then it’s simply a case of roasting it.

Mussels in Irish Cider

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve with some crusty bread to mop up the liquid!

Mini Molten Chocolate Puddings

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Chocolate and chilli might sound like an odd combination but sweet and spicy do work together. I first tried the combination in hot chocolate. It’s a subtle heat that you can taste, but instead of dominating the dessert it’s an interesting extra note that adds to the flavour of the chocolate. However, do feel free to leave the chilli out if you prefer. These puds have an oozing liquid chocolate interior and can be made in advance and placed in the fridge until you are ready to bake them.

Cocktail Meatballs

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A delicious dish from Donal Skehan.

Crunchie Sticky Banoffee Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The Kitchen Hero of all the desserts I make! What can make a naughty pie even naughtier? The answer... Crunchie bars!

Ham Hock, Spinach and Cheese Crêpes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Whenever I visit Paris, one of the first things I always order is a 'crêpe avec jambon et fromage'. This recipe is my little twist on that – it makes vibrant green pancakes that are really nice as a brunch or lunch dish. Ham hock is a cheap and tasty alternative to prime slices of ham.

Soda Bread

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Donal Skehan shows us his recipe for soda bread.




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