Recipes

Fantastic dishes made with the best Dorset produce

Whether you’re looking for a healthy recipe to impress your friends or a way to use up last night’s left overs, you’ll find a whole host of ideas and advice right here. The difference between googling for a specific recipe and looking for it here? Everything here can be made with the delicious, locally produced ingredients that Dorset is famous for. So, if you’ve visited the area and picked up a range of fabulous foods, you’ll find how to prepare and use them in your favourite dishes right here.

Whatever it is that you’re in the mood for, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want hints and tips for your roast dinners, summer salads or something that’s a little more out of your comfort zone, we guarantee it can be made using the finest ingredients Dorset has to offer and what’s more, many of them can be brought direct from the producers, so if you’re missing anything, don’t fret!

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Not quite confident enough to get started? Why not give a cookery course a go before diving into one of these recipes? There are loads of courses, food festivals and other workshops available in the county, so don’t forget to check them out. There are courses for a whole range of abilities, so if you want to expand your kitchen know-how or just have a bit of fun, you’ll find the perfect workshop for you. With everything from filleting fish to creating the perfect souffle, these skills will be helpful for creating a whole host of dishes. If you’d rather watch a demonstration before jumping in yourself, you’re in luck, a number of our celebrity chefs offer demonstrations at their restaurants or at festivals. So, keep your eyes peeled on our what’s on section to see when the next one will be. Or if you like a certain chef’s style and want to recreate it yourself, click here to see all our guest recipes from chefs and producers across the region.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just getting started, we want you to have the best meal possible, using the best ingredients. On this page you’ll find inspiration for starters, main meals, appetisers, deserts and fun drinks to impress and entertain your guests.

The only real problem you’ll have is what to try first!

 

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Gnocchi with a Christmas twist

If you love gnocchi but you are in the mood for a festive dinner, why not make this classic Italian dinner with a Christmas twist by swapping potato for parsnips? This Christmassy themed dish uses up parsnips and other winter flavours and is a healthy and vegan option to traditional gnocchi. Ingredients 400g parsnips 600g […]

Gingerbread biscuits

Winter is the season for gingerbread, spice and things nice and as gingerbread biscuits are easy and fun to make, gather the kids together and make a little gingerbread family! Either shape them using people shaped cutters or just shape them like usual biscuits – whatever you prefer! Ingredients 300g plain flour 60g brown sugar […]

Chipotle Cauliflower Cheese

Is there a vegetable more versatile than the cauliflower? You can boil them, you can roast them, you can coat them in batter and make fast food favourites like popcorn chicken into vegan treats – whatever you want to do with them, they are a welcome addition to most meals. As we’re heading further into […]

Sausages with winter veg mash

Sausage and mash is a staple when it comes to British cuisine and with this wintery take on a classic, you’ll find comfort on those dark evenings when only a familiar favourite will do. Ingredients 4 sausages – try these from sozages. 2 parsnips 3 medium potatoes 175g Brussel sprouts 4 tbsp milk 1 tbsp […]

Make your own winter vegetable and lentil soup

It’s getting colder and with the abundance of seasonal produce that can be found in Dorset, it’s the perfect time for making a healthy home-made soup. The beauty of a soup is that you can use any veg you like, but here are our suggestions of how to create a great winter soup.   Ingredients […]

Stuffed pumpkin recipe

It is the season, so naturally, we have to feature a pumpkin recipe! This is perfect for dinner parties, particularly if you’re entertaining vegetarians and vegans. Ingredients: 1 large pumpkin or other squash if you can’t find a pumpkin4tbsp of olive oil 100g rice 1 large fennel bulb 1 apple 1 lemon 1tbsp fennel seeds […]

Pork, Cider & sage hotpot recipe

This autumn why not settle down with some hearty food with this hot pot that incorporates some of Dorset’s best local ingredients? This hotpot takes the traditional tastes of the famous dish, but with a few modern elements making it a unique and totally delicious meal! Ingredients: 4tbsp olive oil, try this from here.1KG diced […]

Make your own Sourdough this September

Did you know it is Sourdough September? Well, now you do! There are plenty of amazing bakers across Dorset offering their own sourdough recipes, but have you ever wanted to make your own? If so, here is a simple recipe to get you on the right track! First though, what is sourdough? Out of all […]

Try this delicious cheesecake made of fresh Dorset ingredients

With the better weather on its way, you’ll be wanting a light, refreshing dessert to follow your dinner, so why not give this delicious cheesecake base a try using locally produced ingredients grown and sold right here in Dorset? You can even flavour it with whatever fruits or treats you like! What you will need: […]

How to cook sea bass

Dorset is an amazing place to go if you are a fan of seafood, there are loads of award-winning seafood restaurants and pop-ups all over the region, there are also a wide range of fishmongers and fish markets for you to buy locally caught, fresh seafood for you to take home and wow your friends […]

Make your own Dorset Apple Cake

It might not be quite apple season yet, but there is no harm in being prepared. Apple cake is one of the most popular things to come out of Dorset, so why not learn to make your own, that way, next time you come to the region, you can buy some locally grown apples and […]

Summer pudding

This summer why not try putting together this tart, summery dessert with some of the finest ingredients from Dorset? This summer pudding is filling, whilst staying light enough to see you through the summer evenings and is the perfect way to use up any left over berries you might have lying around. Ingredients: 1kg strawberries, […]

Roast Chicken Tray Bake

For those of you who can’t deal without a Sunday Roast even when the weather itself is roasting, this is the perfect compromise. A summery roast chicken dish that will satisfy those roast cravings, while also giving you a little taste of summer, all created using fresh Dorset produce. Ingredients One whole chicken. You can […]

Thai style mackerel

Naturally, Dorset has an overabundance of seafood available, but it is also the home of river fish, like mackerel, which you can really dress up by cooking them in this Thai style. This is a super healthy, super easy way to try something new. Ingredients: 2 red chillies, deseeded and roughly chopped. Grab them from […]

Strawberry Cheesecake Eton Mess

Think about it, a deliciously creamy strawberry cheesecake or a fruity, crunchy Eton Mess. With this recipe which combines the two, you’ll never have to choose between these two summer classics again! This recipe makes two desserts, so you can save it for a special, romantic occasion or double the recipe to make enough for […]

Mojito Cake

Are you a cocktail fan? What about a cake fan? Well, what could be better than combining the two with this fabulously refreshing mojito cake? This cake has a wonderfully moist sponge, plus lime buttercream and a hint of mint and rum. Ingredients: For the cake 225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs – grab […]

Halloumi Burgers

For a fresh twist on a veggie burger, give these a try. Not only do they use fresh halloumi in the place of the frozen cheese-based burgers, but you can use brioche buns to give it a summery twist. Why not give these a try at your next BBQ or give them a whirl when you’re next camping. If you choose a campsite in Dorset, you’ll have the added benefit of grabbing these ingredients while you’re out and about exploring!