Setanta Potatoes with Basil & Dairygold

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If Roosters always rule at your dinner table, why not give Setantas a go? Named after the young Cú Chulainn, these floury new season potatoes have Rooster lineage – and speaking of Irish legends, they’re only fabulous with a dollop of Dairygold! If Setantas aren’t in season, Home Guards are just as good.


  • 1 large Setanta potato
  • 1 tbsp / 15g Dairygold
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Sprinkle of fresh basil (optional)


Boil or steam a large Setanta potato until light and fluffy (this should take about 20 minutes).

While you’re waiting for the potato to cook, if any of the family want to know who the original Setanta was, now’s a good time to tell them. You can’t beat a good Irish myth.

Add a pinch of salt, a dash of cracked black pepper and (of course) a dollop of Dairygold.

If you have some to hand, add a little extra depth by topping with a sprinkle of fresh basil. This will really bring out the potato’s natural flavour.

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Farfalle with red pepper sauce – Catherine Fulvio


It’s great over steamed fish and equally tasty over roasted garlic and courgettes.


  • 350g farfalle
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 100ml white wine
  • 2 red peppers, roasted and chopped
  • 50g crème fraîche
  • 200ml fresh cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 100g ricotta salata (or feta), crumbled, to serve
  • chives, to garnish


1 Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.

2 In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over a low heat and sauté the shallots until softened. Add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and cook for a further 2–3 minutes. Add the roasted peppers and cook for 1–2 minutes, then stir in the crème fraîche and cream.

3 Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove half the sauce and blend it to a purée, then mix both back together again. Season to taste.

4 Toss the drained, cooked pasta into the sauce, sprinkle over the crumbled ricotta salata and garnish with some chive lengths on top.


Kerrygold Cheddar and Pepper Jelly Toastie


A grilled cheese is one thing; a toastie is in a class of its own. Spicy pepper jelly and dill pickle add some surprising zing to a sandwich already made mouth-watering by cured ham and melted Irish cheese. Served on bread browned in Kerrygold Butter, it’s almost too good to be true. Almost.

Rustic Raspberry Tart with Kerrygold Butter Crust


Sweetened fresh raspberries make a wonderful filling, but the star of this dessert is the buttery, flaky crust baked with all-natural Kerrygold Butter. It holds the fruit and creates a delicate tart that begs to be placed next to a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoyed with loved ones after a delicious meal.

Smoked Salmon on Potato Cakes

bord bia smo sal on pot cakes

Very good, easy to prepare starter, potato cakes can be made ahead and reheated

 Serves 6


  • 450g cooked, mashed potatoes
  • 75g flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablesp. scallions, finely chopped
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 125 ml soured cream
  • 1 tablesp. dill, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper

To Cook

Mix the potato, flour, eggs, scallions, salt, pepper, nutmeg and half the butter. Mix well together and shape into 12 small potato cakes. Heat the remaining butter in a non-stick pan and then cook the potato cakes until browned on each side. The cakes can be served immediately or kept overnight in the fridge. 15 minutes before serving reheat in a hot oven.

Serving Suggestions

Mix the soured cream, dill and seasoning. Place a slice of smoked salmon on each potato cake and top with the cream mixture.

Baked mushroom risotto

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In a heatproof bowl, combine the dried porcini mushrooms and boiling water. Soak for 20 minutes or until soft.

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 3. Place the chicken or vegetable stock, whichever you are using, in a saucepan over a medium-low heat and bring to just under a simmer.

Add the butter to a large saucepan or casserole dish with a lid, and place on a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and the chopped garlic and cook for 6-8 minutes until soft.

As the onion is cooking, drain the porcinis but reserve the soaking liquid. Roughly chop the porcinis and set aside, then strain the soaking liquid and add to the simmering stock. Season this liquid with salt and pepper.

Add the chopped porcinis to the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes. Next, stir in the risotto rice and cook for two minutes, stirring gently. Add in the white wine, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until it has evaporated. Pour in the simmering stock, stir to combine, place a lid on top and put it into the oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes until just al dente.

Remove the risotto from the oven, add the grated Parmesan and cubes of butter, then use a wooden spoon to beat everything together. Stir in the marjoram or parsley, whichever you are using, lemon juice and mascarpone, if using.

Serve immediately with grated Parmesan on top.