The Raspberry Plate

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a signature dessert that has been on the menu for years but is constantly evolving. It was originally given to me by my good friend Neil McFadden. I just love the combination of shortcake and cold buttermilk pudding, and it’s a great dessert for entertaining, as there is a lot that can be done in advance.

Duck Confit with Savoy Cabbage and Red Onion Sauté

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Confit is a traditional French way of cooking duck. The method is centuries-old - first the meat is cured in salt, then poached in its own fat. Be prepared that this special recipe does take a while, but it's definitely worth it. You'll need about 1 litre (1¾ pints) of duck fat, available from your butcher or larger supermarkets. If you don't have enough, combine with peanut oil or chicken fat, or just use either of those instead.

Whiskey Sauce

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Great on steak.

Catalan Crème Pots

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is actually quite a light pudding that has all of the flavour of caramel without any of the sticky sweetness. It’s actually very simple to make and benefits from being made well in advance

Tasting of Irish Lamb (Herb-Crusted Loin, Confit of Neck and Sweetbreads) with Baby Carrots

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

We are very lucky to get all our lamb direct from Ring of Kerry Lamb. Lamb neck is one of the most underrated cuts of lamb, as people only think of using it in a stew, but it turns into something quite magical during the confit process. You can also confit the shoulder or shank with excellent results.

Chocolate Fondant with Poached Cherries

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A rich dessert that will grace any dinner party.

Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Salad with Feta

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

The trick to roasting vegetables is not to overcrowd the roasting tin - it should be large enough so that the vegetables can be spread out in a thin layer.

Spicy Goat's Cheese with Polenta, Chilli Jam and Pesto

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This goat's cheese is coated in spicy crumbs, then deep-fried and served on golden squares of polenta.

MacNean Mint Chocolate Truffles

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

These truffles make wonderful gifts for friends (if you can bear to give them away!).

The MacNean Celebration Cake

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This cake is a very special treat and is great for all manner of occasions. We get so many customers celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in the restaurant. I love the lightness of the chocolate sponge with the slightly salty peanut frosting. Of course, you can use any flavour of chocolate truffles you fancy. I buy crispy feuilletine but you could always use crumbled tuile biscuits, thin wafers, chopped nuts or toasted, flaked almonds instead.




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