4 Easy Recipes to Pair With J&M Butcher’s Gourmet Menu this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if like everyone else, you’re panicking over what you’re going to cook to impress your date – we’re here to help. At J&M Butcher, we offer a wide selection of oven-ready gourmet products, guaranteed to make your date think you’ve turned into a pro chef overnight. And, not only are we going to suggest some of the best items on our oven-ready gourmet menu, but we’re also going to be sharing the perfect recipes to pair with them.
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1. Stuffed Whole Chicken with Baked Sweet Potato

Created in-house by our expert butchers, our stuffed local chicken is made with fresh veal mince, garlic, onions, carrots, ham, cheese, Parma ham, pancetta, parsley, and salt and pepper. Since chicken is a dish that most health-conscious people tend to opt for, we’re giving you a side dish recipe that is more on the healthier side.  

First off, gather the following ingredients:  

  • 2 sweet potatoes 
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt 
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives 
  • 2 tablespoons of pesto  
  • 2 tomatoes 

Start off by cutting the sweet potatoes horizontally in half and roasting them in the oven for around 40 to 50 minutes or until they’re tender enough to pierce with a fork.  When they’re baked to perfection, take them out and slightly mash the middle with a spoon. Next add in the pesto, chopped chives and tomatoes, and season with some salt and pepper.  

And just like that, you’ve got yourself a gourmet, hassle-free Valentine’s Day dinner that’s guaranteed to have your date raving about it.  

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Stuffed, fresh local chicken, prepared in-house by our expert butchers.

2. Orange and Chestnut Stuffed Duck with Potato Au Gratin

Next up is our in-house made duck, stuffed with oranges, chestnuts, and Italian sausages. If your mouth is already watering, just wait till you see this recipe for the perfect potato au gratin to pair with this tantalising dish.  

Gather these easy to find ingredients:  

  •  3 tablespoons butter 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt 
  • A pinch of pepper 
  • 2 cups of milk 
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese  
  • 6 medium thinly sliced and peeled potatoes 
  • ½ chopped onion   

Whilst you’re preheating the oven to 180°, melt the butter over low heat then stir in the flour, salt, and pepper until it becomes smooth. Next, gradually add the milk, bring to boil, and cook and stir for about 2 minutes until it thickens. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the cheese until it melts, then add in the potatoes and onion.  

Finally, transfer everything to a baking dish and cover and bake for about an hour. Then uncover and bake for about 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are tender.   

Easy, simple, yet delicious! 

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Easy Potato Au Gratin, to perfectly compliment our succulent stuffed duck.

3. Truffle and Parmesan Veal Frenched Rack with Roasted Potatoes

Prepared in-house by J&M Butcher’s superstars, our truffle and parmesan veal frenched rack is really and truly nothing short of exquisite. Brilliantly stuffed with rucola, truffles, and parmesan butter, this oven-ready meal is truly a festival of flavours. Therefore, we’re giving you a simple, yet scrumptious roasted potatoes recipe to add that finishing touch.  

The ingredients:  

  • Potatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil  
  • 1/3 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped and fresh rosemary, thyme or basil 
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika 
  • Salt and pepper 

Start by preheating the oven at 210° and dicing the unpeeled potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Then, simply toss the potatoes, olive oil, fresh herbs, and seasonings together. Finally, place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes until tender and browned.  

Voilà! You’ve got a meal that’s a sure-fire way to impress your date.  

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Mouth-watering truffle and parmesan veal frenched rack with flavourful roast potatoes.

4. Stuffed Pork Shoulder with a Creamy Sweet Potato Mash

Last up is our succulent pork shoulder stuffed with Maltese sausages, back bacon, and prunes. To balance out the salty taste of the Maltese sausages and bacon, we’re sharing an easy creamy sweet potato mash recipe that’s guaranteed to impress. 

Ingredients:  

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes 
  • 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt 
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh thyme or rosemary 
  • 1 teaspoon butter 
  • 1 teaspoon sour cream 

Start by peeling and cutting the sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes and put them in a pot of boiling water until fork-tender.  Then use a masher or a food processor to mash the sweet potatoes and stir in the salt, pepper, thyme or rosemary, butter, and sour cream.  

Serve our tantalising stuffed pork shoulder with the creamy mash and you’re guaranteed to impress your date with the perfect stay-at-home dinner.  

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House-made stuffed pork shoulder with a creamy sweet potato mash for the perfect dinner.

There you have it, 4 side dishes recipes to pair with our tantalising oven-ready gourmet menu. But, there’s one special ingredient left – wine! Click here to find the perfect bottle to pair with your meal.  

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