Neven Maguire’s Family Friendly Free Range Chicken Curry

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• 1 large onion diced
• 2 gloves garlic crushed
• 2 tbsp mild curry powder
• 1tbsp plain Flour (can use gluten free)
• 1 small jar mango chutney (sharwoods brand)
• 1tbsp tomato puree
• 1 can chopped tomatoes
• 2 pints reduced salt chicken stock


Gently cook onion and garlic with a tbsp of rapeseed oil in a saucepan for 5 minutes or until soft, stir in curry powder, flour and tomato puree and cook on a low heat until paste like for 5 minutes.

Slowly whisk in the warm chicken stock, chopped tomatoes and then add the jar of mango chutney and season to taste. Cook for 15-20minutes

Add cooked chicken and serve with steamed rice.

Tip: Add a can of Thai gold coconut milk this makes it creamy and use Thai gold organic rice.

Kevin Dundons’s Christmas Turkey

14lb/ 6.5kg approx Turkey

250g Butter

3 tbsp Sage

1 medium sized onion

1 Lemon, peel cut into strips

Seasoning-Salt and Pepper


400g homemade stuffing

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6

On Christmas morning prepare to stuff your turkey with your prepared stuffings.

Soften the butter in a bowl add the lemon peel, sage and mix. Rub some butter underneath the turkey breast skin by lifting the skin gently with your hands and massaging the butter onto the flesh.

Place the sausage meat stuffing in the neck cavity and then line the cavity with some tin foil or parchment paper and loosely pack the sage stuffing into the bird. Don’t forget to weigh the turkey again with the stuffing enclosed.

Put the Turkey onto a large roasting tray and cover with some tin foil.

Place the turkey into the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 160˚C/325˚F/Gas mark 3.

Allocate 20 minutes per pound and then an additional 20-30 minutes in the oven.

Remove the foil from the turkey for the last 20 minutes of cooking and increase to oven temperature to 180˚C/350˚F/ gas mark 4.

When a skewer is inserted into the meat nearest the bone (ie-the Leg) the juices should run completely clear.

Allow the meat to rest when it comes out of the oven and carve as required.

Donal Skehan’s Leftover Turkey and Squash Thai Green Curry

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1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1kg of butternut squash (about 1 squash) peeled, deseeded and chopped into 1 inch cubes
200g of leftover turkey
1 large onion, roughly diced
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp of Thai green curry paste
400ml of coconut milk
250ml of chicken stock
300g of basmati rice

Place a medium sized pot over a medium high heat and add the oil.

Add in the onion and garlic and fry for five minutes until softened.

Add in the curry paste and stir fry for a further minute.

Add in the coconut milk, stock and squash and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the squash is tender when pierced with a fork.

Mix through the leftover turkey and the the curry is ready to serve.

Serve straight away with some warm rice.

Stuffed Roast Free Range Goose with Braised Red Cabbage and Smoked Bacon

8367093 - roasted goose leg with braised red cabbageHere’s a great recipe for free range goose by Neven Maguire that we came across in The Irish Independent.

Free-range geese are now in plentiful supply during the festive period, so if you’ve not tried goose before, give it a go. Save the drained-off fat and use it to make crispy roast potatoes. I normally make my red cabbage the day before — it also freezes well. Serves eight.



2 tbsps redcurrant jelly
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp ruby red Port or red wine
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sprigs of thyme, to garnish
Madeira sauce or red wine sauce, to serve. For the stuffing 2 tbsps olive oil
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
1 tbsp chopped thyme
350g/12oz quality sausage meat
75g/3oz fresh white breadcrumbs
100g/4oz dried cranberries
100g/4oz walnut halves, chopped For the red cabbage 1 tbsp sunflower oil
50g/2oz rindless smoked bacon, diced
1 medium red cabbage, core removed and finely sliced
2 tbsps balsamic vinegar
4 tbsps light muscovado sugar
300ml/11fl oz red wine
300ml/11fl oz apple juice
2 cooking apples, peeled cored and chopped
1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, ground cloves and mixed spice


1 To make the stuffing, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the apple slices and sauté for three to four minutes until soft and golden. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Once cool, add the thyme, sausage meat, breadcrumbs, cranberries and walnuts, stirring gently to evenly mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Place the goose on a rack set over a roasting tin (so that any fat drains off during cooking). Pour a kettle of boiling water over the goose (this helps loosen the fat from the skin), then drain off the water from the tin. To stuff the goose, start at the neck end, where you’ll find a flap of loose skin — gently ease this up and away from the breast to open a triangular pocket. Pack two-thirds of the stuffing in as deep as possible and pat into a neat round shape on the outside, then fold the neck flap back down over the stuffing, tuck it under the goose and secure with a small skewer. Rub the goose all over with salt.

3 Press the remaining stuffing into a 225g/8oz loaf tin and set aside. Weigh the goose and calculate the cooking time, allowing 15 minutes per 450g/1lb, plus 15 minutes — this goose should take about three-and-a-half hours. Place the goose (on the rack over the tin) in the oven to roast, draining off the excess fat every 30 minutes. After an hour, reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Continue to cook, still draining the fat off every 30 minutes.

4 Meanwhile, prepare the red cabbage. Heat the sunflower oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Add the bacon and sauté for 30 seconds, then add the cabbage, stirring to combine.

5 Reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes until the cabbage is well cooked down, adding a tablespoon or two of water if the cabbage starts to catch on the bottom. Add the balsamic vinegar, sugar, red wine and apple juice. Give everything a good stir, then cover with a lid and simmer for one hour over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in the apples and spices and cook gently for another 30 minutes, again stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm over a low heat.

6 Remove the goose from the oven 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Warm the redcurrant jelly, balsamic vinegar, Port or wine and orange zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the jelly dissolves, then cook for four to five minutes until syrupy. Brush all over the goose. Return the goose to the oven, along with the reserved tin of extra stuffing, and cook for the final 30 minutes until the goose is completely tender. Transfer the goose to a serving platter and cover with foil, then allow to rest for 20 minutes. Remove the stuffing from the goose and transfer to a warmed bowl. Turn out the tin of extra stuffing into the same bowl.

7 To serve, garnish the roast goose with the thyme and bring to the table. Carve the goose into slices and arrange on warmed plates, discarding any excess fat. Add some of the stuffing to each plate, and some of the braised red cabbage. Serve the Madeira sauce or red wine sauce in a jug to accompany the goose.

Copyright Neven Maguire and The Irish Independent

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Darina Allen’s Old-fashioned Roast Free Range Turkey with Fresh Herb Stuffing Recipe


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In season: turkey is now available all year round but I associate this dish with Christmas.

This is my favourite roast stuffed turkey recipe. You may think the stuffing seems dull because it doesn’t include exotic-sounding ingredients like chestnuts and spiced sausage meat, but in fact it is moist and full of the flavour of fresh herbs and the turkey juices. Cook a chicken in exactly the same way but use one-quarter of the stuffing quantity given.

Serves 10-12


(4.5-5.4kg) 1 x 10-12lb, free-range and organic, turkey with neck and giblets

Fresh Herb Stuffing

175g (6ozs) butter
350g (12oz) chopped onions
400-500g (14-16ozs) approx. soft breadcrumbs (check that the bread is non GM) (or approximately 1lb 4ozs of gluten-free breadcrumbs)
50g (2oz) freshly chopped herbs eg. parsley, thyme, chives, marjoram, savoury, lemon balm
salt and freshly ground pepper


neck, gizzard, heart,wishbone and wingtips of turkey
2 sliced carrots
2 sliced onions
1 stick celery
Bouquet garni
3 or 4 peppercorns

For basting the free range turkey

225g (8ozs) butter
large square of muslin (optional)


large sprigs of fresh parsley or watercress


Remove the wishbone from the neck end of the turkey, for ease of carving later. Make a turkey stock by covering with cold water the neck, gizzard, heart, wishbone, wingtips, vegetables and bouquet garni. (Keep the liver for smooth turkey liver pate). Bring to the boil and simmer while the turkey is being prepared and cooked, 3 hours approx.

To make the fresh herb stuffing: Sweat the onions gently in the butter until soft, for 10 minutes approx., then stir in the crumbs, herbs and a little salt and pepper to taste. Allow it to get quite cold. If necessary wash and dry the cavity of the bird, then season and half-fill with cold stuffing. Put the remainder of the stuffing into the crop at the neck end.

Weigh the turkey and calculate the cooking time. Allow 15 minutes approx. per lb and 15 minutes over. Melt the butter and soak a large piece of good quality muslin in the melted butter; cover the turkey completely with the muslin and roast in a preheated moderate oven, 180°C/350°F/regulo 4, for 2 3/4-3 1/4 hours. There is no need to baste it because of the butter-soaked muslin. The turkey browns beautifully, but if you like it even browner, remove the muslin 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Alternatively, smear the breast, legs and crop well with soft butter, and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. If the turkey is not covered with butter-soaked muslin then it is a good idea to cover the whole dish with tin foil. However, your turkey will then be semi-steamed, not roasted in the traditional sense of the word.

The turkey is cooked when the juices run clear.

To test, prick the thickest part at the base of the thigh and examine the juices: they should be clear. Remove the turkey to a carving dish, keep it warm and allow it to rest while you make the gravy.

The turkey is done when the juices run clear. To test, prick the thickest part at the base of the thigh and examine the juices, they should be clear. Remove the turkey to a carving dish, keep it warm and allow it to rest while you make the gravy.

To make the gravy: Spoon off the surplus fat from the roasting pan. De glaze the pan juices with fat free stock from the giblets and bones. Using a whisk, stir and scrape well to dissolve the caramelised meat juices from the roasting pan. Boil it up well, season and thicken with a little roux if you like. Taste and correct the seasoning. Serve in a hot gravy boat.

If possible, present the turkey on your largest serving dish, surrounded by crispy roast potatoes, and garnished with large sprigs of parsley or watercress and maybe a sprig of holly. Make sure no one eats the berries.

Copyright Darina Allen Ballymaloe Cookery School

Rachel Allen’s St. Stephens Day Pie

pieThis is one of our favourite free range turkey leftover recipes by Rachel Allen. We came across this one from an article in The Daily Mail.


30g butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
275 ml double cream
100ml chicken or turkey stock
450g mushrooms, sliced
1tbsp tarragon or marjoram
675g cooked turkey and ham, cut into 2cm chunks
For the mashed potato:
1.2kg potatoes
Knob of butter
1 fee-range egg yolk
3tbsp milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the chopped onion. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook, without browning, on a gentle heat for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are soft.
3. Add the cream and stock and bring up to the boil and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.
4. Meanwhile, in a separate frying pan, heat the mushrooms with a knob of butter for 3-4 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.
5. Add tarragon or marjoram to the mushrooms and season. Add the meat to the mushrooms and stir well.
6. Meanwhile for the mashed potato, place the potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water and cook until soft. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan. Mash roughly and then add the butter, egg yolk and milk and mash to a thick paste. Season, to taste.
7. Pour the cream, mushroom and meat mixture into a shallow gratin dish and top with the mashed potato.
8. Place in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until the potato topping is golden brown and the filling is hot.

Copyright Rachel Allen and The Daily Mail

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