Air-Dried Beef Carpaccio with Roasted Beetroot and Mustard Cream

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a great dish for a dinner party or special occasion and is bound to impress. We source the beef from James McGeogh in Oughterad, Co Galway. He is one of the best craft artisan butchers in the country and does a fantastic mail order service.

Trio of Chocolate (Warm Fondant and Opera Cake)

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

One of our signature dishes – this has all the elements of chocolate. It’s on the Prestige Menu in the Restaurant. Stephen, my head pastry chef, takes great pride in his chocolate work and this dessert really showcases it.

Spicy Chicken Salad with Avocado Salsa

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

For a more formal presentation, spoon the avocado salsa into 10cm (4in) cooking rings set on serving plates and ladle the balsamic cream around each one. Arrange the spicy chicken on top and garnish with a small mound of lightly dressed salad leaves.

MacNean Celebration Cake (Decorations)

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

Learn how to make Neven's sensational decorative pieces for the MacNean Celebration Cake

Ravioli of Swiss Chard and Ricotta with Smoked Garlic Foam

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This dish is a clever way of looking like you have gone to the trouble of making your own pasta. Instead, the secret is to use wonton wrappers, which can be found in Asian supermarkets or on the internet. We have started to grow our own chard for the restaurant. You can also use golden or ruby chard or even baby spinach works very well.

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.

Baked Eggs with Black Pudding Hash Browns

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

An Irish twist on the classic Oeufs en Cocotte. To make the eggs more exciting, experiment with another flavour addition - a little chopped cooked ham or Parma ham, diced cooked mushrooms, a few herbs or some sliced artichoke heart can all go into the base before you crack in the egg. For a really extravagant addition, add a drop or two of white truffle oil over the cream.

Duck Confit with Crispy Fried Vegetables

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

One of my favourite recipes, duck is always so popular in the restaurant that whenever we have it on the menu it almost always sells out. If you don’t have time to cook your own you can buy a very good product from Silverhill in Monaghan, which is readily available.

Lamb Pitta Pockets

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

This is a very speedy supper that literally takes no time to prepare. Use any type of curry paste that is available or a heaped teaspoon of mild curry powder would also work well.

Apple and Almond Tart

From: Neven Maguire: Home Chef

The best way to arrange the apples in the tin is to start at the perimeter, in a pinwheel fashion, filling the middle after a full circle of slices is in place.




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