Try something different this Christmas

Christmas is the most traditional time of the year - The Christmas tree in the corner, presents underneath, family and friends coming together to eat, drink and be merry. And Premier Meats, Gladstone Street, Clonmel, are there to help you.

Christmas is the most traditional time of the year - The Christmas tree in the corner, presents underneath, family and friends coming together to eat, drink and be merry. And Premier Meats, Gladstone Street, Clonmel, are there to help you.

But for some people the prospect of yet another Christmas dinner with soggy sprouts and dry-as-a-board turkey can be the low point of the festive season. Well you can tell your tummy and your tastebuds that it’s time for a change! Thank to the lovely people at Premier Meats here are some alternative ideas for delicious dishes to put on your table this Christmas. And even if you can cook a succulent turkey and it will gracing your festive table with a delicious Christmas ham, then try these recipes over the festive season for a special treat.

Roast Rack Of Pork

A 2-3kg rack of pork will serve eight people. Marinate the joint in our delicious marinade recipe (below) for a few hours, or overnight if you have time. Then roast for about three hours - ask your Premier Meats butcher for advice as this depends on the weight of the rack.

Marinade

2 tbsp olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic chopped

1 tbsp fennel seeds

juice and rind of lemon

Spiced Winter Veg

Fancy something a little different to accompany your tasty pork? Try these veggies. They are also lovely as a side dish with Christmas dinner.

Ingredients

4 parsnips

4 carrots

1 red onion

2 onions, all chopped in rough but even chunks

4 garlic cloves, can be left whole as garlic is mild and delicious when roasted

mixed chopped peppers

pinch of paprika,

2 spoons of golden syrup

Method

Toss all the vegetables in the golden syrup, paprika and garlic (if chopped) then spread evenly on a baking tray and cook in a medium oven until golden brown, this should take approximately 45 minutes, depending on the size of your vegetables.

Duck With Madeira And Blueberry Sauce

Now here’s a recipe that’s sure to impress everyone that sits down to dinner at your table! The sweetness of the madeira and the cranberry sauce are perfect with the robust duck breast.

Ingredients

4 duck fillets

150/5 1/2oz blueberries

250/9 fl oz madeira

1tbsp red current jelly

Method

Fry the duck fillets on a pan for four minutes than transfer to a medium-low oven and slow roast for 45 minutes.

While your duck is cooking make the madeira sauce by putting the blueberries, madeira and redcurrant jelly in a saucepan and simmer until the fruit is soft and the liquid has reduced to a sauce-like consistency.

Cranberry Sauce

OK so you love turkey and you’re not at all tempted by these other recipes. It’s well worth it to make that little bit of an extra effort and make your own cranberry sauce. It’s so simple and fresh cranberries are now veryeasy to find in local shops.

Ingredients

325g cranberries

225g sugar

125ml water

Method

Just put all your ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil and then turn down to a very low heat and simmer for eight to ten minutes. Delicious!