Smoked Belly of Pork with Creamed White Beans and Date Jam

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

We get this smoked pork belly from our excellent local craft butcher, Kevin McGovern, based in Belleek, Co. Fermanagh. It’s coal smoked and has a very similar taste to kassler, the German dish, which is traditionally served with sauerkraut. Use any leftover trimmings for pasta Carbonara. The braising juice can be used for a celeriac soup or can be frozen.

Baked Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This decedent cheesecake is fabulously smooth, silky and rich. It is perfect if you want to make something the day before and keep it in the fridge until needed.

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.

Caramel Foam

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

That wow factor for your dishes.

Crispy Fried Plaice

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

You can substitute the plaice with skate, sole, brill or prawns depending on what is available. Served with a Lemon and Chive Mayonnaise

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.

Salmon and Asparagus Wraps with Rocket Pesto

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Farmed salmon has become much better quality over the years, and in my opinion some of the best available comes from Ireland, where the sea is always freezing cold and for the most part is unpolluted, with strong tidal flows. Make sure your salmon fillets are all even-sized and about 2.5cm (1in) thick to ensure even cooking. They also work well on the barbecue and can be made up to 12 hours in advance, covered with clingfilm and chilled until needed - just don't add the squeeze of lemon juice until you're ready to cook them.

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.

Ravioli of Swiss Chard and Ricotta with Smoked Garlic Foam

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This dish is a clever way of looking like you have gone to the trouble of making your own pasta. Instead, the secret is to use wonton wrappers, which can be found in Asian supermarkets or on the internet. We have started to grow our own chard for the restaurant. You can also use golden or ruby chard or even baby spinach works very well.

Fillet of Dry-aged Beef with Braised Blade and Celeriac Purée

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Beef is our number one seller in the restaurant and we sell more fillet than any other cut. However, I’ve recently discovered the blade of beef – which has an excellent flavour and offers great value. First we braise it before shaping and leaving overnight to firm up, which creates a lovely round for presentation




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