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.

Cheddar Shortbreads

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

With roast cherry tomatoes and feta

Rhubarb and Orange Crumble Cake

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This versatile cake is best served warm as a pudding or cold as a teatime treat. I like it with whipped cream but it would also be good with crème fraiche, clotted cream, vanilla ice cream or custard.

Pork fillet basil and pine nuts

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A flavoursome marinated pork fillet.

Seared Scallops with Confit of Pork Cheek and Cauliflower Textures

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Rich and tender pork cheek combines perfectly with sweet, delectable scallops in this easily prepared starter. Although there is some preparation involved, the results are well worth the effort and will have your guests begging for the recipe! Order your pork cheeks from your craft butcher, giving a few days’ notice.

Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Soup with Smoked Duck

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Stock up on cans of vacuum-packed chestnuts, which are normally readily available in good delis, shops and large supermarkets at Christmas time. If you want to keep the soup vegetarian, garnish it with some sautéed mushrooms instead of the smoked duck.

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.

Blue Cheese and Celery Sauce

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Great with so many dishes.

Crispy Duck Mango Salad

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

It's great that there is now authentic Chinese aromatic duck readily available in all major supermarkets. It makes this salad quick and easy to make, and the duck can be cooked a couple of hours ahead of time so that all you have to do is toss all of the ingredients together just before you are ready to serve.




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