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.

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.

Peppered Monkfish and Chinese Greens

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This ginger and soy sauce is also fantastic with roast duck, pork or chicken, but I just love it with the peppered monkfish. If you want to make it into a more substantial dish, simply serve with plain boiled rice.

Poached Plums with Amaretti

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Served with Lemon Mascarpone. This stunning dessert will really make your guests impressed! However, it is actually extremely simple to prepare and can be done well in advance leaving you to enjoy your meal.

Baked Alaska

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is my twin brother David’s favourite dessert. Whenever he comes to the restaurant, we always make this for him and it often even graces the table at Christmas. You’re going to be using shop-bought ice cream and cake, so it’s worth spending a little time making a perfect shape for the meringue to pipe on

Smoked Salmon and Crab Tart

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

You can make the pastry case for the tart up to 24 hours in advance, but if you're short of time use shop-bought pastry or a ready-made pastry case instead.

Smoked Bacon Frittata with Parmesan

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

It's important not to overbeat the eggs or the texture of this frittata will become tough. Serve it with some sliced flat mushrooms that have been sautéed in garlic butter to make this into a very special breakfast indeed.

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Irish Whiskey Caramel Sauce

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I normally make individual puddings but you can also make one big one.

Venison Steaks with Stewed Plums and Roasted Garlic Mash

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I love venison and think it’s vastly underrated.




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