Prawn Cocktail Canapes

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef - Christmas Special

Although prawn cocktail might seem a bit dated, it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Made properly with fresh ingredients, it can make an elegant yet simple starter that no one will forget in a hurry.

Goat's Cheese Paté with Apricot Relish

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This sweet and sour relish is the perfect accompaniment for the creamy saltiness of the peppered goat's cheese rolled in fresh herbs.

Pancetta Frittata with Parmesan Cheese

From: Neven's Food from the Sun

A delicious light lunch from Neven Maguire.

Potato and Herb Pancakes

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

My grandmother, Susan Maguire, always made boxty for my family every Halloween and Easter. I look forward to those meals as much as Christmas dinner. This is a modern version of boxty.

Apple Tart with Custard

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Homemade apple tart - a winning combination of delicate, sweet pastry filled with heavenly scented apples - simply can't be beaten. To ring in the changes, mix the apples with blackberries or try a mixture of rhubarb and strawberry. To make your tart extra special, add a vanilla pod to your bag of sugar and leave for at least a week before using.

Brandy Snaps with Chilli and Passion Fruit Cream

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a simple, light dessert that my mother always had on our dessert trolley in the restaurant. This is my twist on her recipe. The passion fruit makes them very refreshing and the little chilli kick is a nice afternote. Once the batter is made, they take very little time to prepare.

Celeriac Purée

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

The peeling is worth it!

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.

Rack of Lamb with Herb Crust, Red Wine Sauce and Potato Gratin

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

They say you can taste the flavours of the countryside where a lamb is reared and certainly this is true of the wonderful lamb we get here in Cavan, close to the Sligo border where the flavour of wild garlic sometimes permeates the meat. Irish lamb is best between March and September.

The Ultimate Beef Burger with Crispy Potato Wedges

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

A really good burger has to be made from really good beef. If you can, ask a butcher to mince some rump, blade or chuck steak for you, but make sure it has 20 per cent fat content, as in effect this will make them self-basting and will prevent them from drying out during cooking. Otherwise, buy ordinary minced beef from the supermarket, but don't buy extra-lean mince or the burgers will become tough during cooking.




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