Clodagh has been lovingly restoring Broadspear for the past two years – including the one acre 18th-century walled vegetable and fruit garden, where she and her partner Harry have set up working bee hives, orchards, wormeries, wild flower meadows, and a cutting flower garden. There are Burford Hens – and pigs are due to arrive soon, too, as part of their plan is to create a sustainable working homestead.   Now, on to Clodagh McKenna’s Christmas recipes – and for more of her Christmas table ideas, go to our dedicated feature.

Clodagh McKenna’s Christmas recipes

These Christmas recipes from Clodagh include the basic ingredients for a traditional Christmas lunch – but with her inventive twists to make it that much more magical.

Mulled Marmalade Glazed Turkey

Serves 6 - 8  Ingredients:

1 free range or organic turkey4-4.5kg 2 bunches of thyme and sage70g butterSea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Marmalade Glaze:

1 jar marmalade2-inch piece of ginger, peeled8 cloves1 stick cinnamon1 star anise

For the roasting tin:

4 shallots, peeled and halved6 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces4 parsnips, peeled, cut into 3-inch pieces4 beetroot, peeled and quartered1 whole garlic, halved through the centre1 small bunch of thyme1 small bunch of sage


  1. Start by making the marmalade glaze a day before you cook the turkey – we used a bird from Morton’s Family Farm (opens in new tab). Place the marmalade in a small saucepan over a low heat to melt. Stud the ginger with the cloves and add to the pan along with the cinnamon and star anise. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the heat, leave to infuse for at least 2 hours or overnight. Once it has infused gently, warm the marmalade glaze and pass through a sieve to remove the spices and any pieces of orange peel. Set aside.
  2. To roast the turkey pre-heat the oven to 230°C/Gas 8. Take the turkey out of the fridge one hour before roasting to allow the meat to relax and come to room temperature, which will make it more tender. Remove the giblets, wash the cavity and dry completely with kitchen paper, then season and place the herbs in the cavity and around the bird.
  3. Using the back of a spoon, smear under and on top of the turkey skin with butter and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place the turkey in the pre-heated oven. Then reduce the heat to 180°C/Gas 4 after 45 minutes, take the turkey out and baste with the pan juices. Cover loosely with tin foil and return to the oven and cook for a further 3 hours or adjust according to the weight of your turkey. Continue to baste every 45 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetables around the turkey in the roasting tin and baste in the juices 45 minutes before the turkey is due to come out of the oven. Brush the turkey all over with the marmalade glaze for the final 5 minutes of roasting.
  5. Check to see if the bird is cooked by inserting a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh; the juices should run clear. When you have taken the turkey out of the oven, leave it to rest for 30 minutes with a loose tent of tin foil to keep it warm. This will allow the juices to redistribute themselves, giving tastier meat. Brush the turkey with any remaining glaze just before serving.

Orange & Thyme Roast Potatoes

Serves 8 Ingredients:

1.8kg potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edward), peeled2 oranges3 tbsp goose fat3 tbsp chopped thyme leaves2 cloves of garlicSea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Cut the potatoes in half or in quarters if they are very big – they should all be similar in size. Put them into a saucepan of cold salted water, bring to the boil and cook for eight minutes. Drain.
  2. Peel nice long strips from the two oranges, using a vegetable peeler.
  3. Place the goose fat in a roasting tin over a hot hob. When the goose fat is hot, stir in the orange peel, thyme leaves and the cloves of garlic.
  4. Next add the potatoes and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss in the fat and cook in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. While the potatoes are roasting, baste in the goose fat every 10 minutes.

Brussels Sprout and Cabbage Slaw

Serves 6 Ingredients:

200g Brussels sprouts1⁄2 small red cabbage100g cavolo nero2 clementines, segmented and roughly chopped1 tsp dried chilli flakes1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped100ml crème fraîche100ml mayonnaiseSea salt and freshly ground black pepper2 tbsp pomegranate seeds1 tbsp pumpkin seeds


  1. Thinly slice the Brussels sprouts and red cabbage and combine in a large bowl. Cut the thick stems off the cavolo nero, shred the leaves and add to the bowl.
  2. Add the chopped clementine segments, chili flakes, chopped parsley and chopped mint and mix. Add the crème fraîche and mayonnaise, mix well and season to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and scatter over the pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds.

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Hazelnut and Butternut Star

Serves 6 Ingredients:

1 large butternut squash1 tbsp olive oilSea salt and freshly ground black pepper500g ready-made shortcrust pastry1 tbsp sage, roughly chopped100g ricotta1 egg, whisked50g hazelnuts, lightly toasted1 tbsp pomegranate seeds


  1. To make this wonderful starter, preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Peel the squash and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into 2cm chunks. Place in a roasting tin, drizzle over the olive oil, season and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes until just cooked. Leave to cool.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 4-5mm thick. Cut out the shape of a five-point star and place on a lined baking sheet. Prick the star all over using a fork.
  3. Using the excess pastry, cut out shapes using a 2cm fluted cutter. Brush the edge of the star with a little water and arrange the pastry shapes in overlapping lines around the edge of the star to form a border. Chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place half of the roasted butternut squash in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork. Add the sage and ricotta and gently mix. Season to taste.
  5. Spread the squash and ricotta mix over the star, keeping it inside the border. Dot the remaining pieces of squash all over the mix. Brush the border with the beaten egg and sprinkle the hazelnuts over the pastry.
  6. Place a baking tray in the oven to heat up. Slide the star and baking paper onto the hot baking tray and bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Marsala and Star Anise Poached Pears

Serves 4 Ingredients:

250ml dry Marsala wine100g sugar2 tbsp honey1 star anise2 cloves1 stick of cinnamon1 tbsp lemon juice4 pears, peeled with the stem still attached200ml mascarpone, to serve


  1. Place the Marsala wine, sugar, honey, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and place the pears in the pan, standing upright. Cover the pan and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Baste the pears with the liquid a couple of times during the cooking, until the pears can easily be pierced with a fork.
  3. Scoop the pears onto serving dishes, pour the syrup on top and serve with a dollop of mascarpone.

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Her latest book, Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen (opens in new tab), is a bible for Monday to Friday cooking. Packed full of Clodagh’s favorite go-to dishes to will shake up and refresh your weeknight meals, it can help you elevate the simple into something special every night of the week. It is available in the UK and Ireland now, and in Canada and the USA early in 2021. Beautiful and carefully selected products for living by Clodagh McKenna are featured in this shoot and available on her website (opens in new tab). Art Director: Elisa Roche Photographer: Chris Terry Assistant: Hanna Miller This feature was taken from Homes & Gardens magazine. For more exclusive content, you can subscribe (it’s the perfect Christmas gift, too). Homes & Gardens celebrates the beauty of classic and contemporary style. Real-life homes with stunning photography deliver inspirational design ideas while remaining real and relevant. Homes & Gardens magazine is the ultimate sourcebook of beautiful decorating ideas, style trends and expert information, inspiring its readers to become their own interior designers. Use the link to find out more.

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