Thursday 30 March 2017

Recipes: Neven Maguire with deliciously versatile dishes

Fight for leftovers of these deliciously versatile dishes from Neven Maguire

Pot-roasted pork sausages with cassolet
Pot-roasted pork sausages with cassolet
Steak-and-onion open ciabatta
Vietnamese beef noodles

Neven Maguire

Here are some of my favourite recipes which make great, tasty suppers as well as a delicious lunch the next day. The steak-and-onion ciabatta is one of those delicious snacks that I find myself cooking again and again.

It is quick and easy when you don't feel like, or have time for, a full meal, and it hits the spot at any time of the day.

In this recipe I use sirloin, but you could use rib eye, which is also delicious and that bit cheaper.

Wholegrain mustard makes a nice change from Dijon and, of course, the meal is just as good on pitta bread or a baguette.

The red-onion jam is what I think of as a storecupboard essential. It goes well with so many things, from cold meats to goat's cheese and even an omelette.

A real cassoulet is cooked in a pot with beans, so this is not a cassoulet in the true sense. But it still tastes great.

In recent years, there has been a big increase in the range and quality of sausages available from craft butchers throughout the country.

One of the most successful is Ernan McGettigan in Donegal, who I think of as the Willie Wonka of sausages. He makes more than 20 varieties and has won countless awards.

Vietnam is one of my favourite places in the world. I love the healthy, light food there. I love to eat these beef noodles when I feel in need of a bit of a lift.

The dish only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and it makes the steaks go a lot further. Thai Gold makes a very good chilli sauce. Keep an eye out for the low-salt soy sauce, too.

You can peel and freeze ginger root. Wrap it in cling film and it can be grated straight from the freezer.

Happy cooking!

All recipes are from chef Neven Maguire's cooking app, 'iCook with Neven', which features more than 60 recipes, demonstration videos, a shopping-list function and top tips for a well-stocked kitchen.

Available to buy for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from the app store, or through

www.nevenmaguire.com

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