All posts tagged: gary o hanlon

The perfect burger

Ah, the burger. So often overlooked, so often dismissed on the menu, the restaurant and sometimes even the table. It seems it only gets its crown when we present it at a barbecue, or in a U.S. diner when it’s royal regalia of cheese, mustard, tomato, gherkin and ketchup make us savour it like rightful king it is. Everyone has their own little take on a burger recipe. This is one of my favourites from Chef Gary O’Hanlon. Try it tonight in your kitchen or on the barbecue, it will thank you for it.     Cheese Burger Sliders with Red Onion Mayonnaise & Cheddar   When it comes to burgers the best meat to fat ratio that you are looking for is 85% meat and 15% fat. Don’t worry about the fat content as most of it will render during the cooking process and it’s that little bit of fat that will flavour the burger. I’ve added a little twist here and used little sliders. It’s a lovely way to serve them. If you …

Summertime can only mean it’s time to barbecue

Tis’ the season to grill and be glorious. While it might not be a scorcher every day, it’s important to make the most of those snatches of sunshine with good friends, good food and as little blackened banana in tin foil as possible. I was lucky enough to attend the Prime by Aldi restaurant at Taste of Dublin this year where Gary O’Hanlon was chef. I fell in love with this meltingly delicious lamb cutlet dish which is absolutely perfect for your Summer barbecue. Spring Lamb Rack Chops, Roast Spiced Sweet Potato, Bok Choy, BBQ Molasses 6 Spring Lamb Rack Cutlets Marinade ingredients 100g thyme 3 garlic cloves crushed 100ml olive oil Blend the marinade ingredients together and toss the lamb cutlets through   For the Spiced Sweet Potato Ingredients 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced 4tsp brown sugar 4tsp chilli powder 100ml olive oil few knobs of butter   BBQ Molasses Ingredients 200g brown sugar 2 punnets cherry tomatoes 100ml balsamic vinegar salt and pepper to tatse 2 red onions, sliced water to cover …

Recipe: Eton Mess by Gary O’Hanlon

Gary O’Hanlon, chef at Viewmount House in Longford shares a perfect summer dessert recipe, a summer cracker!   Eton Mess An English classic that traditionally is made with strawberries it was served at Eton College at the annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. Bananas were also used and in fact initially it was made without meringue but that came about around the 1970s. As time has gone on and as I often say, there are no rules in cooking. If you want to put your own little twist on things always feel free to do so. If you have any fruit left over or about to go off simply pick up some cream, meringue nests and away you go. It can be strawberry Eton Mess, banana Eton Mess,  blackberry Eton Mess or simply everything I found sweet in my fridge Eton Mess. A summer cracker. Mixed Berry Eton Mess Ingredients 1 meringue nest (store bought is fine or one you made yourself) 6 raspberries 4 strawberries 6 blueberries 6 blackberries 200ml cream the scrapings of half a vanilla …