Christmas Feast: Goose Fat Roast Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

For really crunchy roast potatoes with fluffy middles choose a floury variety of potato, such as Irish Roosters and try to make sure that they are all similar in size. To ensure really crispy roast potatoes drain off any excess fat about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time. This will help them to go really crispy and golden brown around the edges.

Christmas Feast: Honey and Soy Sesame Carrots

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Of course, these carrots could also be roasted in the oven in the glaze but Christmas is a time when oven space is often at a premium so I've decided to blanch them first and then finish them in a hot wok.

Christmas Feast: Baked Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

If you want a no-fuss Brussels sprouts recipe that can be made ahead of time then this is the one for you. Baked in a creamy sauce, these Brussels sprouts can be kept warm in a low oven covered with foil until you are ready to serve them. Alternatively, they can be prepared in advance ready to pop into the oven as the turkey comes out to rest.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Lemon and Hazelnuts

From: Today

This is lovely, simple dish - a perfect lemony, nutty, buttery balance. It would even work as a snack or as a casual starter.

Tomato Chutney

From: Today

This is a very popular dish which goes very well with pilau rice. I use this as a bread or wrap spread for cheese and ham sandwiches which gives that extra flavour and variation to the ordinary sandwich! You can even use this dish as a sauce for your pasta or spaghetti.

Scotch Eggs

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

The perfect picnic food, Scotch eggs are deliciously soft and crunchy.

Creamed Leeks

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Great with so many dishes.

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.




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