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.

Blackberry Amber

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This is a very good way to serve blackberries as the top of the dessert is both soft and crisp. Apple can also be used.

Jansson's Temptation

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Not unlike a French Potato Dauphinoise, this Swedish take features anchovies and is a regular at the Swedish Christmas table.

Angie’s Skehan Family Irish Stew

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Angie looked after my dad when he was growing up, and when I first started going to school she used to walk me home and give me lunch, which was regularly Irish stew. Her Irish stew is legendary in the Skehan family, with my dad’s five siblings and my eleven cousins all having been brought up on it. Angie always knew how to feed an army of hungry mouths, so I hope this version of the recipe does hers justice!

Mutton Pies

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

These pies, also called 'Dingle Pies' and somewhat like the Cornish Pasty, are traditional in Co Kerry. They could be bought every August at the Puck Fair in Killorglin.

Chilli and Lemongrass Chicken

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This is a wonderfully fragrant dish that is very easy to prepare. I use chicken thighs here as they have more flavour, but you can easily use chicken breasts instead. The paste made for the sauce can also be used with beef or pork.

Baked Mussel Risotto with Potatoes

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Test with knife pushed through the layers: it's ready when the potatoes are nearly tender and the rice is still a little 'al dente'.

Crunchie Sticky Banoffee Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The Kitchen Hero of all the desserts I make! What can make a naughty pie even naughtier? The answer... Crunchie bars!

Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese Soufflés with Pear Salad And Walnuts

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

These make a very elegant cheese course and are quite easy to prepare. You can make these ahead of time and they will puff up again when you place them back in the oven.




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