Watch Donal's Festive Party on Thursday 29th December at 8.00pm on RTÉ One.


Serves: 8 - 10
Time: 20 minutes

  • 5 x 200g soft rind washed cheese in boxes (or any leftover Christmas cheese)
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • Small glass white wine
  • 2 tbsp kirsch
  • (or apple brandy)
  • 200g tomato relish
  • 1 large baguette, sliced
  • Cured meats, to serve
  • Cornichons, to serve
  • Green salad, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/375°F/Gas Mark 5.
  2. Put the cheeses in a shallow casserole or ovenproof dish. Pierce each one with a sharp knife a couple of times and push some sprigs of rosemary and sliced garlic into the slits.
  3. Pour over the wine and kirsch. Cover with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. If the cheese still isn't really gooey and melted then bake for a few more minutes.
  4. You can swirl the relish into the cheese or serve it on the side. Dip slices of baguette into the cheese and relish and serve with cured meats, cornichons and a green salad.