Tart Tatin

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a very impressive dessert to get done in such a short time, but it's definitely achievable by using the ready-to-roll puff pastry. Look for the all-butter version, which more supermarkets are now stocking.

Smoked Bacon Frittata with Parmesan

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

It's important not to overbeat the eggs or the texture of this frittata will become tough. Serve it with some sliced flat mushrooms that have been sautéed in garlic butter to make this into a very special breakfast indeed.

Mulled Fruit Trifle

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

My Mum always made this trifle for special occasions when I was growing up. I just loved helping - especially with the cleaning of the bowls - and it definitely inspired me to be a chef. At Christmas I like to decorate the top with pomegranate seeds to make it sparkle like jewels!

Goat cheese and onion filo tarlets

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Boilie goat's cheese and caramelised onion filo tarlets with Ballymaloe Relish

Crispy Goat's Cheese with Apple and Hazelnut Salad

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

If you prefer to bake the goat's cheese, simply cook it in an oven preheated to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4) for another 5-10 minutes, until warmed through and soft. Look for Irish apples in the supermarket, particularly when they are in season, and if they're not there, ask the manager why! Apples are one of our few indigenous fruits and there is no excuse for the shops not supporting Irish farmers.

Cheddar Shortbreads

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

With roast cherry tomatoes and feta

Garlic Confit

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Very easy to make.

Basic Foam

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

For that extra bit of wow.

Cheese and Onion Gratin with Smoky Bacon

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Inspired by the iconic trio of cheese, onion and potato, like the well-loved Tatyo crisp!

Moroccan Lamb Tagine

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

I like to make my tagines a little richer than is traditional in Morocco. This involves browning the meat, frying off the spices, reducing the sauce and cooking it all gently in the oven with the delicious Medjool dates. The flavour of this tagine only improves with time - just leave it to cool completely, then place in the fridge for up to 2 days. This also allows any excess fat to rise to the top so that it can be easily removed. Flaked almonds are sprinkled on top just before serving, as is the custom in the Middle East.




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