Butternut Squash and Pasta Bake

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

The roasted butternut squash adds a wonderful zap to this pasta gratin, while the mascarpone cheese helps to keep everything really moist. There’s this on going debate about which pasta is better – fresh or dried, and I can honestly say that I think dried is best in most recipes. It uses hard durum wheat, which when cooked gives that lovely ‘bite’ that we talk about when cooking pasta.

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Citrus Tart

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

These tarts can be eaten warm or cold and of course you could use any soft fruit that is in season, or a good store-cupboard standby would be a drained can of apricot slices in natural juice.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pudding

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Depending on the time of year, you can vary the fruit, or try using a bag of mixed frozen summer berries. We occasionally make this in the restaurant for the kitchen staff for a special treat or in individual portions as part of a more complicated dessert plate.

Beef Carpaccio with Horseradish Cream and Rocket

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Carpaccio is typically a raw fillet, but this one's a little different.

Monkfish with Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms, Sundried Tomato and Saffron Velouté

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Monkfish is a firm-textured fish and is very popular with our customers. The velouté goes well with any fish, as its flavour isn't too overpowering. The gnocchi also works well on its own with a Parmesan foam as a starter or light supper.

Mushroom Purée

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Goes with so many great dishes.

Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Mediterranean Couscous

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A version of this dish often makes an appearance on our Sunday lunch menu or I have it as an element on the tasting plate of Irish lamb. I just love to showcase the versatility of lamb. Make sure you ask your loval butcher to trim, bone and roll the shoulder for you so that you end up with a nice shape for presentation.

Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Apple Compote

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Round off your meal with a rich, textured dessert like this one!

Smoked salmon and cream cheese timbales

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A lovely easy starter with gorgeous flavours. It can be made ahead of time, leaving you to enjoy your guests.

Pear Belle-Hélène

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I'll never forget the first time I tasted it in the Grand Hotel in Berlin and just kept on going back for more!




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