The Ultimate Beef Burger with Crispy Potato Wedges

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A really good burger has to be made from really good beef. If you can, ask a butcher to mince some rump, blade or chuck steak for you, but make sure it has 20 per cent fat content, as in effect this will make them self-basting and will prevent them from drying out during cooking. Otherwise, buy ordinary minced beef from the supermarket, but don't buy extra-lean mince or the burgers will become tough during cooking.

White and Sweet Potato Gratin

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a variation on my favourite accompaniment. It is great for Christmas Day as it can be made in advance and reheated in individual potions on a baking sheet. It also keeps well in a cool oven.

Roast Scallops with Sauce Vierge

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This simple dish uses only the creamy white part of the scallops, but don't let the corals, or roe as they are also known, go to waste.

Spicy Chicken Salad with Avocado Salsa

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

For a more formal presentation, spoon the avocado salsa into 10cm (4in) cooking rings set on serving plates and ladle the balsamic cream around each one. Arrange the spicy chicken on top and garnish with a small mound of lightly dressed salad leaves.

Killybegs Fish Pie

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Fish pie is a real staple of Irish family cooking and everyone has their own way of making it. This is my version and usually results in lots of very clean plates when it comes to washing up!

Mango Gel

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Very quick and easy.

Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Rosemary and Garlic

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This butterflied leg of lamb is the perfect choice for the barbecue but also works wonderfully in the oven. It would also be nice served with a pile of warmed pitta breads or flour tortillas and a mixed salad in the centre of the table so everyone can help themselves.

Pork and Wild Mushroom Wontons with Chinese Black Bean Sauce

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is one of the most popular starters in the restaurant, where I sometimes use a chicken mousse with crab as an alternative filling. Packets of wonton wrappers can be found in specialist Asian stores or on the internet. They normally come in packets of about 40, so you can freeze the remainder.

Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Smoky Red Pepper Butter

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I hear that less fillet and striploin is being sold these days and rib-eye has become more popular, as it's good value. I always bring steaks to room temperature by removing them from the fridge 30 minutes before I want to cook them. This butter or any of the variations will complement any grilled meat and it looks great. It can be frozen or it keeps happily in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Mayonnaise

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

It's very easy to make your own.




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