Our Top Tips for Barbecuing

Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Nothing says summer more than the sights and smells of people cooking and enjoying great food outdoors. We just love dusting off the BBQ and garden furniture – inviting friends and family round, creating great times in the back garden! Heaven!

We asked some of our team for their barbequing tips, from cooking the perfect steak on the barbeque to taking the hassle out of summer entertaining. We thought it would be nice to share some of these with you.

 
Use a Meat Thermometer

Cooking on a BBQ can be unpredictable and with cooking meat you can’t rely on appearance alone. A meat thermometer is a simple to use, low cost tool to keep you and your loved ones safe and is a fool proof way of cooking to perfection on the BBQ.

 

Then the next question – is how long do you cook meat for on the BBQ? For grilling times, depending on how you like your steak cooked, or what type of meat you are cooking, we found this useful BBQ guide on the Weber website.

For other tips on cooking meat safely, safefood has some great tips on their website.

 
Preparation

When barbequing you are also entertaining so try and get as much prep work out of the way as possible, so you have time to spend with your guests. Marinating food in advance, the night before is preferable. Prepare salads or even better pop into your local deli or supermarket which will take the fuss and extra work out of the BBQ. Stock up the night before, get your drinks trolley ready – or how about going with the latest trend, getting your pallet bar stocked – and don’t forget to fill the ice trays in the freezer!

 
Avoid Fridge Chill

Another great tip when cooking meat – take raw meat out of the fridge at least 20 minutes before barbecuing until it reaches room temperature. If the meat is too cold when it hits the grill it could burn on the outside before it’s cooked through. This is especially important with sausages, burgers, and chicken. It’s also important with steaks to ensure it’s cooked as you like it.

 

 
Use the Skills of Your Butcher

BBQing should be enjoyable, not something that creates extra work, so consider using the skills of your local butcher and leave the meat prep to the expert – often it can be better value as well! Think of the time you will save on chopping, threading skewers, making burgers from scratch or marinating chicken.

Also when people prepare BBQ food from scratch there is a tendency to over-purchase and most butchers, including our good selves have a wide range of delicious meats made especially for the BBQ. All of our BBQ Collection is available in our shops including our online shop, with delivery right to your door.

 

 
Take Your Time

Allow plenty of time for the food to cook. Traditionally barbecuing is not meant to be as fast as grilling, it is a slower, more leisurely process although gas barbecues are faster than conventional ones. When executed properly this is what gives it that great, unique taste. It is also quite a healthy option as most of the fat drips off and into the flames during cooking. If you think about it barbecues are the original health grills as little is added to create the flavour.

 

 
Final Piece of Advice

Our final piece of advice is to always, always, always go for the best ingredients you can afford. Top quality burgers will always taste better than cheap, poor quality steak. Buy the best you can afford, forget the barbecue snobbery that abounds and just enjoy having your family and friends around, to break bread together – something we have all been missing.

At the end of the day it really is one of life’s simplest but greatest pleasures.

 

Easter – A Time of Celebration & Change

Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food, Occasions | No Comments »

Now that the days are getting longer and thankfully brighter, it’s a time of change. Those of us who are organised enough, might begin to resurrect summer wardrobes; we might bring fresh life to our gardens with new plants and flowers, and those of us passionate about great food might be looking for fresh inspiration with our food.

Easter is usually the time that we welcome lighter meals and seasonal favourites like fresh Spring Lamb.

Regular visitors to our blog know that we have lots of delicious Lamb recipes to choose from – and if you click here you will find a selection of our favourites – many of them so perfect for Springtime dining and entertaining.

 

Shoulder of Spring Lamb

Shoulder of Spring Lamb, a lesser known, but truly wonderful alternative to Leg of Lamb

There are so many ways to enjoy this seasonal treat. While traditionalists will already have a succulent Leg of Lamb on their Easter Shopping List, a lesser known, but truly wonderful alternative to this is Shoulder of Lamb. Cooked long and slow, it results in the most tender and juicy meat, perfect for a really special Easter get together.

 

Rack of Spring Lamb

Rack of Lamb, an Easter Classic, perfect to impress dinner party guests, yet so simple to prepare and serve

An Easter Classic and perfect for creating an impressive dinner party main course for friends and family is Rack of Lamb. Might look challenging to prepare, but we promise that a good butcher will do the hard work to make you look good! Chat to your local butcher who will prepare this beautiful piece of meat for you. All you have to do is sprinkle on some rosemary, salt and black pepper and pop into the oven.

 

Butterfly Leg of Lamb

Butterfly Leg of Lamb, one of our favourite ways to cook Lamb – either in the oven, or on the barbeque

Some people give their Barbeque its first outing of the year at Easter – and again, Spring Lamb is perfect meat for an Easter BBQ. Click here for one of our favourite Butterfly Leg of Lamb recipes which includes a delicious Tomato and Cucumber Salad. Our recipe gives instructions for cooking the lamb in the oven, but if you are firing up your barbeque, our friends in Bordbia recommend placing the lamb on a hot barbecue and cooking for 20/25 minutes approx. on each side over a medium heat.

 

Freerange Turkey Crown

Freerange Turkey Crown, perfect for Easter lunch or dinner, ready to pop into the oven

A firm favourite in our home on Easter Sunday is a succulent fresh Turkey Breast Roast. To spend more time with your family and friends, rather than in the kitchen, especially if the weather is nice – we suggest asking your butcher to roll and tie the meat, so it’s ready to pop into the oven. This way it’s much quicker to cook and even easier to carve.

With all of these very special meats, which are perfect for Spring or Easter roasts when you are entertaining friends and family, whether you are going with lamb, chicken or ham, here is a handy Roasting Guide that we have put together that might be of use.

 

Restaurant Quality Beef Wellington

A perfect Easter treat for two: JWB Beef Wellington – Handmade with prime aged Irish beef fillet, a restaurant quality meal at home with the minimum of fuss

At Easter some people treat themselves and their loved ones with Chocolate, our favourite treat for a special meal with a loved one is our signature Beef Wellington. This special hand prepared meal for two, is available exclusively to order online and collect at your nearest James Whelan Butchers shop. It serves two people generously and is made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt.

The final piece of advice for entertaining or preparing a special meal for friends and family this Easter, is something you will have heard from us before. Keep things simple. For vegetables go with some seasonal favourites, like courgettes, asparagus, carrots, perhaps roasting in the oven towards the end of cooking time for the meat. Like everything we love at James Whelan Butchers – so simple, yet so full of flavour and goodness.

Happy Easter Everyone!

 

Mother’s Day 2022

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food, Occasions | No Comments »

Roast Rib of Beef, Slow Roast Beef, Most Popular Roast, James Whelan Butchers Rib of Beef

Roast Rib of Beef, one of our most popular joints, perfect for slow roasting and with roasting on the bone it is so full of flavour.

Mother’s Day is one of the highlights of our year, a day when we honour our own mothers, grandmothers and in this era of blended families – we honour step mothers and other strong female influences in our lives.

Traditionally on this day, mothers and mother figures are treated with cards, flowers and other thoughtful gifts and here at James Whelan Butchers we love to celebrate with great food.

For people planning a big family gathering, we always say that you just can’t go wrong with Rib of Beef on the Bone. It’s one of our most popular joints, perfect for slow roasting and with roasting on the bone it is so full of flavours. Often called the Roast of Roasts, here is our own step by step guide – and an important tip here is to allow the meat to rest and relax after cooking before slicing and serving as it improves the flavour and juiciness – plus it makes it so much easier to carve.

And our friends and customers would be well aware that we never recommend a roast without our famous JWB Beef Dripping Roast Potatoes – in our humble opinion these are the best roast potatoes you will ever have!

 

Rack of Iberico Pork, Easy to Cook Pork Roast, James Whelan Butchers Iberico Rack of Pork, Artisan Rack of Pork

Iberico Rack of Pork, this very special meat is native to the Iberian Peninsula, which has an incredible luxurious flavour and tenderness.

Viva Espana for Mother’s Day!

Another favourite roast of ours, which is perfect for Mother’s Day or any special Sunday is our award winning Iberico Rack of Pork. This very unique pork is native to the Iberian Peninsula, where the pigs are allowed to roam free in oak forests and enjoy a diet of herbs, grasses and cereals. This gives the pork an incredible luxurious flavour and tenderness. It’s so easy to prepare and serve and never fails to impress. You will be the apple of your mother’s eye preparing this dish on Mother’s Day. And speaking of apples – our trick here is to place a cooking apple or two underneath the meat during cooking. Again something that we always celebrate – great food that is so simple, yet full of goodness and flavour.

 

Oven Ready Chicken & Ham, Chicken & Heritage Ham Roast, Chicken with Stuffing Roast, Easy to Cook Sunday Roast, Easy to Cook Mother's Day Meal, James Whelan Butchers Chicken Cushion

Our Chicken Cushion is hand prepared by our butchers and wrapped around our Heritage Cure Bacon and stuffed with delicious Black Pudding and Thyme Sausage Meat Stuffing.

Easy Does It!

We love coming up with solutions for those of you who may prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and is looking for an oven ready special meal. Like our Red Chicken Cushion, which is hand prepared by our butchers, deboned and wrapped around delicious Heritage Cure Bacon and stuffed with a mouth watering Black Pudding and Thyme Sausage Meat Stuffing. It’s a meal for four people, or if you are looking for something for a larger gathering, why not try our Roast Stuffed Turkey. Our Free Range Irish Turkey are available all year round and can be prepared stuffed or unstuffed.

We love ours stuffed, as the flavours of our award winning stuffing are released through the turkey giving a juicy flavoursome tender joint. If your guests include people who may have an intolerance to gluten, you can always serve the stuffing on the side and our Award Winning Homemade Stuffing is available to purchase separately – either online or in any one of our shops.

 

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Beef Wellington, serves two people generously made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt.

Delicious Mother’s Day Treat for Two

Our signature Beef Wellington is making a very special re-appearance in time for Mother’s Day. It is the “pièce de résistance“ of oven ready meals. It serves two people generously, made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt. This special dish is available through our Click & Collect service, so simply order online, choose your nearest shop and collect on the day of your choice.

Our advice this Mother’s Day is to keep it simple, spend more time with mum and less time stressing over elaborate meals. The most important thing is spending time together, with great food of course, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Our recommendation would be to leave the preparation to your trusted butcher, leaving more time to relax and enjoy this special day.

Bringing Home the Bacon this St Patrick’s Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Good Food | No Comments »

St Patrick’s Day, a day when the world over celebrates Ireland and the Irish. Our politicians cleverly use the day as a great excuse to hop on a plane and connect in person with world leaders. In more recent years, it’s used as a platform to promote Irish tourism with Tourism Ireland organising some of the most iconic buildings in the world so go green for the day. And for the Irish at home and abroad, as well as the millions of people globally who love everything Irish, the day is a great excuse for parties and parades.

The day is also synonymous with Ireland’s traditional dish of Bacon & Cabbage. It’s just what we like at James Whelan Butchers, as it is honest, wholesome and hearty. It’s also so easy to prepare.

Our good friends in Bord Bia carried out a survey and found that 64% of Irish adults chose bacon and cabbage as the meal most synonymous with Ireland, with over 50% of those questions saying that they planned to tuck into some Bacon as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

We carried out our own survey with the JWB team, and wanted to share with you some produce that we love and that we love recommending to customers at this time of year.

 

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Number one most definitely would be our award winning Rack of Heritage Bacon. It’s cured on the bone with a distinctive flavour with a hint of smoky hickory undertones, with the bone bringing a certain sweetness to the meat. It’s ideal for a special St Patrick’s dinner for friends and family, looks delicious to carve at the table. It is so easy to cut and the meat is so soft and succulent.

Served simply with some flowery potatoes and cabbage. It’s a dish that will be remembered. No need for a sauce, but if you fancy pushing the boat out, in the link here we have a simple recipe for a delicious Mustard Sauce which is part of a recipe for Traditional Bacon and Cabbage, that we often share with customers.

 

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For those who are time poor, but looking for something special to eat at home on St Patrick’s Day, we are getting really great feedback from our customers on our Pulled Sugar Pit Bacon Shank & Cabbage Pie, which is available in store or through our Local Delivery Service. The bacon comes slow cooked and served in a roasted garlic cream, Savoy cabbage and topped with the most delicious wholegrain mustard mash. The dish is part of our Dine at Home Collection, hand prepared in our kitchens and offering restaurant quality meals at home. Definitely one for people who have less time in the kitchen on St Patrick’s Day. It can be baked in its packaging which is 100% compostable – so even more green for the day that’s in it!!

 

Traditional Irish Breakfast, Breakfast Pack, Delicious Full Irish Breakfast

And to complete our Top Three of bacon ideas for Paddy’s Day, we always recommend a hearty traditional Irish breakfast. With our James Whelan Butchers Box, we make it nice and handy for our customers by putting some of our favourite breakfast produce together in a special box with Dry Cured Rashers, succulent Homemade Pork Sausages and of course our Black and White pudding. Just the perfect start to a perfect St Paddy’s Day.

 

Restaurant Quality Beef Wellington, Hand Prepared Easy to Cook Beef Wellington, Signature Dish, Prime Fillet Steak

And of course it would be remiss of us not to add another favourite of ours as a very special treat this St Patrick’s Long Weekend. Our handmade Beef Wellington, which only makes an appearance on very special occasions is now available to order through our Click & Collect Service. Originally introduced as a special Christmas Day Treat – the feedback was so strong that the team decided to introduce it as a special treat this Bank Holiday weekend. It comes oven ready in 100% compostable packaging and is Ideal for people who are time poor but who would like to create a wonderful restaurant quality meal for two in the comfort of their own home.

Bon Appetit – and from our family to yours – have a really great St Patrick’s Day, wherever you are!

Dude Food

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Dude Food, Easy Food for Entertaining, TV Dinner

February is a great month for sport. We have round one of the Six Nations starting this Saturday, the Winter Olympics start today in Beijing. In GAA, February marks Round 2 of the Allianz Football League and across the water in the UK, the Premier League hots up with some really great matches in February.

All of this got us thinking of the relatively new phenomenon of “Dude Food”, which is often associated with meaty dishes that are simple to prepare, delicious and easy to eat while watching some great sports at home.

At James Whelan Butchers we are passionate about great food and with so many of us interested in sports, we wanted to share some of our favourite “Dude Food” options, to prepare and enjoy while watching your favourite team or athlete, from the comfort of your couch.

 

Dry Aged Angus Burger

Of course the obvious first choice is a delicious Burger, sandwiched in a fresh brioche or sourdough bun, with mustard, cheese, gherkins and salad. One of our favourite choices is our Dry Aged Burger made with 100% Angus Beef – these are available in any of our 12 shops across the country. If you are entertaining friends, maybe you require a more substantial feast. Available all year round on our website is our BBQ Collection, which is a selection of our favourite bbq products that can be delivered right to your door through our Local Delivery Service.

For those with some time on their hands before the games begin, we would recommend a special treat of Beef Dripping Onion Rings. They go perfectly with a burger and are great to share and snack on. Made with our Award Winning Beef Dripping of course!

 

Chicken Wings, Hot & Spicey Chicken Wings

Another “Dude Food” favourite is Chicken Wings, ready to serve and great to share straight out of the oven. We love ours spicy, and always a favourite are Donal’s Wings, coated in a layer of our Hot & Spicy sauce. These wings will provide the right amount of ‘heat’ for any spectator sporting occasion. Available on our website – or if you are picking them up in one of our shops and want them even spicier, just ask one of the team and we can pile on even more chillies!!!

 

Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce with Cheese, Mama's Meat Balls

If you would like to go “Italian” for your “Dude Food” – how about some meatballs – again great to share, perhaps a little bit messy, but so what, sport can be messy too!!! We found a really delicious recipe from our friends at Bord Bia that we wanted to share with you. It’s for their Meatballs in Tomato & Ginger Sauce. Or if you want an option to just pop into the oven and be ready in minutes, we have the solution – Mama’s Meatballs, which are available in all our shops and online. They come in a sumptuously rich Italian sauce and are topped with Irish cheese.

Of course for further inspiration next time you visit us why not ask one of our butchers for suggestions, they would be more than happy to help. Our favourite topic is always great food and it’s always a pleasure helping our customers and friends find the perfect food for any occasion, not just Christmas or Easter or Valentines Day. Great food can turn any occasion into a really special day – and all that is left is for your team to win which makes the day even better – and if they lose, at least the food will be great!!!

James Whelan Butchers: A Taste of the Orient

Posted on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

With the Chinese New Year fast approaching it got me thinking about Chinese food and how we could take some Chinese influences to shake up the mid week menu.

Bok Choy - Chinese cabbage

Bok Choy – Chinese cabbage

There are general Chinese cooking principles that can be applied. I like the fact that you don’t have to stick to the same meat or vegetables. Many Chinese recipes call for a variety of both. This certainly creates flavour, texture and colour in dishes. The Chinese also like to use fresh ingredients where possible and when it comes to stir fries my big tip is to prepare everything before you start cooking. With any Asian dish the preparation is crucial. Wash drain and cut the vegetables, marinate the meat if necessary and prepare any sauces before you even turn on a hot plate. It is also good to wash any green leafy vegetables as early as possible as they need time to dry. If they are too wet when you stir fry the result will be poor. When stir-frying, cook the toughest and thickest vegetables for a longer period than the softer leafy ones. Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and cabbage need to be cooked longer than bok choy, which in turn is cooked longer than mangetout or bean sprouts.

When it comes to meat a Chinese person told me to always marinate fresh meat. You can do this from the day before or just a few hours before you use it but the longer the better. Another tip was to cut the beef across the grain for a more tender meat. Try to keep the pieces uniform in size as this way they will cook more evenly. With stir fries you can always cook the meat first and then set it aside, returning it to the wok with a sauce during the final stages of cooking. A wok is a traditional high sided Chinese frying pan and while you don’t absolutely need one I think it is the only way to achieve a decent stir fry. The high sides of the wok allow the heat to distribute evenly and you can whizz the food around without it spilling all over the hob. In many Chinese restaurants it is the well seasoned hot wok that is part of the secret.

Beef stir fry with noodles

Beef stir fry with noodles

Woks also allow you to deep fry with less oil that you would normally use but still great care is needed here. Before you put any food into a wok make sure it is good and hot. Generally speaking the Chinese use peanut oil to cook with, but vegetable oil will work just as well. Also be aware that peanut oil, once open, has a much shorter shelf life than vegetable oil so unless you are planning on doing a lot of Asian cooking I can’t recommend the investment. When adding the oil, drizzle it down the sides of the wok and make sure it is very hot before adding any of the food.

When it comes to sauces and seasoning you might think it is very complicated when in fact the opposite is true. For flavouring the Chinese tend to stick to a few well known ingredients. Light Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Sesame Oil, Rice Wine, Tomato Ketchup and plain old sugar are widely used.

A good friend and a fellow Tipperary native, Fiona Uyema has created a wonderful array of flavoured Soya Sauces and oriental Food Kits, Fused by Fiona Uyema – which we would recommend highly. Manufactured in Ireland and full of great flavours.

Fresh ginger (never powdered), garlic, onion and bean sprouts are the other staples. After that just think about all the takeaway dishes you’ve eaten; red and green peppers, carrots, cashew nuts, baby corn, spring onion, French beans, mange tout and water chestnuts. Corn flour is widely used to thicken any sauces and peanut butter is always handy for a satay sauce. Rice and noodles are the common accompaniment and, another little tip, leftover cooked rice makes better fried rice than freshly boiled rice.

If you just want something a little different but still home cooked then try doing it the Chinese way. How about a little beef or chicken stir-fry, a chicken satay or even a duck breast in a nice oriental sauce? All of these dishes are easily achieved in our own kitchens without too much fanfare. Try it this week and see, if nothing else once everything is prepared, Chinese food is relatively quick to cook.

Our good friends in Bord Bia have a wide range of tasty and easy to prepare oriental dishes such as Oriental Lamb Stir Fry with crispy Vegetables, Steak with Plum Sauce or the Classic Stir Fry Chicken with Ginger.

For time poor people out there, in store and online we have a range of Turkey, Chicken or Dry Aged Beef Stir Fries – already marinated with extra virgin oil and seasonings with some seasonal fresh vegetables so ready to go straight into the wok or frying pan.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher and farmer, cookbook author and the CEO of James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines, Swords, Leopardstown and Blanchardstown in Dublin, as well as Naas Town Centre, Bishopstown Court in Cork, Jetland in Limerick and Tralee. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

Some Valentine Dining at Home Ideas

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

Beef Wellington, Romantic Dinner, Easy to Cook, Restaurant Quality Dine at Home

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples everywhere are wondering how best to celebrate this special day. For some, restaurants may be out of the question or too restrictive, and for others even the thought of cooking an elaborate meal from scratch at home is exhausting.

We can solve this problem with a simple solution with a very special signature dish of ours – Beef Wellington. The perfect Valentine’s Dine at Home Dinner for Two.

This limited edition Beef Wellington is hand prepared and comes oven ready, needing the minimum of preparation time. Ideal for people who are time poor, or who are culinary challenged, but who would like to create a wonderful restaurant quality meal for their loved one in the comfort of their own home to celebrate their love on this special day.

The dish serves two people generously, made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt. The cooking instructions couldn’t be simpler – just pop it into a preheated oven at 200° C, for 45-50 minutes to achieve medium/ rare or 55-60 minutes for medium/ medium well – and rest for about 15 minutes before serving.

All that is left to do is to set the scene with some candles, soft chilling music and a table set for two.

Like all of the Dine at Home dishes, this signature dish is honest, simple, handmade from scratch using the freshest of ingredients, where you can taste the flavour and goodness that has gone into every single bite.

Available to order online from Tuesday 18th January through the Click and Collect Service and available for collection at any of the 12 James Whelan Butcher shops across the country.

 

Say it with Steak!

Another option to bring a little romance to the dinner table this Valentines, is a Sharing Steak. Simply cooked on a pan, it’s perfect for Valentines, bringing it to the table to share together with some delicious sides.

Romantic meal for two, Sharing Steak, Romantic Dinner Idea

Our Salt Aged Sharing Steaks are wonderful cuts of meat of exceptional quality with a truly special flavour. All are exclusive to James Whelan Butchers and are part of a unique partnership with one of the great pioneers of the Irish Meat trade, Peter Hannan and Hannan Meats.

Matured over 35 days in Peter’s Salt Chamber, a 12ft solid wall of Hand cut Himalayan Rock Salt Bricks. This results in only one thing – beef of exceptional quality with a truly unique flavour.

Just chat to one of our butchers and they can hand cut to order the perfect Salt Aged Strip Loin for two, or one of our 100% Angus T- Bone, one of the most prized cuts of beef and known as the King of Steaks.

 

Warm Black Pudding & Bacon Salad

Starters Anyone?

One of our favourite starters, that is simple to prepare and works a treat, is a Warm Black Pudding & Bacon Salad. It is a wonderful start to a romantic meal, with the minimum of fuss and tastes delicious.

 

Tipperary Food Producers Network, Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers

Savoury Dessert

We just love all things savoury, so naturally enough we love to finish a good meal with some wonderful cheese. Also keeping with the sharing theme, sharing a delightful cheeseboard is a lovely way to finish a romantic meal. For this we would recommend cheese from some of our good friends from the Tipperary Food Producers Network. The world famous Cashel Blue, Cooleeney Cheese from the farm of the same name, using milk from their pedigree Friesian dairy herd or Derg Farm Cheese, from the Cooney family who have been farming in the area for generations.

No matter what you choose to prepare for a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home, our last piece of advice is keep it simple, buy the best products you can afford and don’t spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Valentines is meant to be spent with the one you love, not inside a recipe book or tied to the cooker.

Beef Wellington – The Perfect Alternative Christmas Day Dinner

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

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For people considering an alternative to the seasonal Turkey and Ham on Christmas Day, James Whelan Butchers are introducing a very special signature dish, Beef Wellington, which will be part of the now award winning Dine at Home Collection of restaurant quality meals for two.

Named after the man who crushed Napoleon at Waterloo, the very notion of preparing Beef Wellington casts fear into the hearts of the most competent of home cooks. However, this limited edition Beef Wellington is hand prepared and comes oven ready, needing the minimum of preparation time. Ideal for people looking for an easier approach to the most important meal of the year, simply pop it into a preheated oven at 200° C, for 25-35 minutes to achieve medium/rare – and rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

It serves two people generously, made with prime aged Irish beef fillet, wrapped in a mushroom duxelles, buttery puff pastry with fresh herbs and sea salt.

Like all of the Dine at Home dishes, it’s honest, simple, handmade from scratch using the freshest of ingredients, where you can taste the flavour and goodness that has gone into every single bite.

Available to order in store through our Christmas Brochure or online through James Whelan Butchers seasonal Click & Collect service.
 
 

Christmas Opening Times 2021

Posted on Thursday, November 25th, 2021 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food | No Comments »

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Monday 20th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday 21st Dec 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday 22nd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Thursday 23rd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 8AM – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Thursday 30th Dec 8AM – 6PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 8AM – 5PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan CLOSED
Sunday 2nd Jan 8AM – 5PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 9AM – 7PM
Monday 20th Dec 9AM – 7PM
Tuesday 21st Dec 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday 22nd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Thursday 23rd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 8AM – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Thursday 30th Dec 9AM – 6PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 9AM – 6PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 6PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 9AM – 6PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop in Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Co. Dublin are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Monday 20th Dec 24hrs
Tuesday 21st Dec 24hrs
Wednesday 22nd Dec 24hrs
Thursday 23rd Dec 24hrs
Christmas Eve 24th Dec Midnight – 7PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 7AM – 11PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 7AM – 11PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 7AM – 11PM
Thursday 30th Dec 7AM – 11PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 7AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8AM – 10PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop in Dunnes Stores Swan Centre, Rathmines, Co. Dublin are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – 10PM
Tuesday 21st Dec 7AM – 10PM
Wednesday 22nd Dec 7AM – 10PM
Thursday 23rd Dec 7AM – 10PM
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 7AM – 6PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 8.30AM – 8PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 8.30AM – 8PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 8.30AM – 8PM
Thursday 30th Dec 8.30AM – 9PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 8AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8.30AM – 8PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop in Kilmacanogue, Bray, Co. Wicklow are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Monday 20th Dec 8AM – 6PM
Tuesday 21st Dec 8AM – 6PM
Wednesday 22nd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Thursday 23rd Dec 8AM – 8PM
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 8AM – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 9AM – 6PM
Thursday 30th Dec 9AM – 6PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 9AM – 6PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 9AM – 6PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 9AM – 6PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at Dunnes Stores, Pavillion Shopping Centre, Swords are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Tuesday 21st Dec 7AM – Midnight
Wednesday 22nd Dec 7AM – Midnight
Thursday 23rd Dec 7AM – Midnight
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 7AM – 6PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 7AM – 9PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 7AM – 9PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 7AM – 9PM
Thursday 30th Dec 7AM – 9PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8AM – 9PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at Dunnes Stores, Blanchardstown Centre are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – 2am
Tuesday 21st Dec 7AM – 2am
Wednesday 22nd Dec 7AM – 2am
Thursday 23rd Dec 7AM – 2am
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 7AM – 6PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Thursday 30th Dec 8AM – 10PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7.30AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8AM – 10PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at James Whelan Butchers at Dunnes Stores, Leopardstown Valley Shopping Centre are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – 2am
Tuesday 21st Dec 7AM – 2am
Wednesday 22nd Dec 7AM – 2am
Thursday 23rd Dec 7AM – 2am
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 7AM – 6PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 8AM – 9PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 8AM – 9PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 8AM – 9PM
Thursday 30th Dec 8AM – 10PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 8AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8AM – 9PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown Court, Cork are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Tuesday 21st Dec 6AM – Midnight
Wednesday 22nd Dec 24hrs
Thursday 23rd Dec 24hrs
Christmas Eve 24th Dec Midnight – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Thursday 30th Dec 7AM – 9PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7AM – 5PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 9AM – 5PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 7AM – 8PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at James Whelan at Dunnes Stores, Naas are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 8AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Tuesday 21st Dec 7AM – Midnight
Wednesday 22nd Dec 7AM – Midnight
Thursday 23rd Dec 7AM – Midnight
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 7AM – 6PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 8AM – 8PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 8AM – 8PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 8AM – 8PM
Thursday 30th Dec 8AM – 9PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 8AM – 7PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 11AM – 7PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 8.30AM – 8PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at James Whelan at Dunnes Stores, Jetland Shopping Centre are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – Midnight
Tuesday 21st Dec 6AM – Midnight
Wednesday 22nd Dec 24hrs
Thursday 23rd Dec 24hrs
Christmas Eve 24th Dec Midnight – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 7AM – 8PM
Thursday 30th Dec 7AM – 9PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7AM – 5PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 9AM – 5PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 7AM – 8PM

 

Our Christmas week opening times for our butcher shop at James Whelan Butchers at Dunnes Stores, Tralee NCR are as follows:

Day Opening Times
Sunday 19th Dec 7AM – 10PM
Monday 20th Dec 7AM – 10PM
Tuesday 21st Dec 6AM – 10PM
Wednesday 22nd Dec 6AM – 10PM
Thursday 23rd Dec 6AM – 10PM
Christmas Eve 24th Dec 6AM – 5PM
Christmas Day 25th Dec CLOSED
St. Stephen’s Day 26th Dec CLOSED
Monday 27th Dec 7AM – 7PM
Tuesday 28th Dec 7AM – 7PM
Wednesday 29th Dec 7AM – 7PM
Thursday 30th Dec 7AM – 8PM
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 7AM – 5PM
New Year’s Day 1st Jan 9AM – 5PM
Sunday 2nd Jan 7AM – 7PM

 

A Food Lovers Kingdom Dream as James Whelan Butchers Opens in Tralee

Posted on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food, Press | No Comments »

Pat Whelan, Arty Clifford, Blas na hEireann, James Whelan Butchers, Dunnes Stores, New Shop Opening, Tralee

Artie Clifford, Chairman, Blas na h-Eireann cuts the tape to officially open James Whelan Butchers in Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road, Tralee this week. Also in photo are from left, Tom Whelan, Tommy O’Connor, butcher, Anne Marie O’Hara, Store Manager and Pat Whelan.At back are staff members, Norma Lynch, Tracey Budd, Paudie Moriarty, Cosmos Muglase, Ian Gardiner, Peter Breen and Evan Owens.

James Whelan Butchers were delighted to open their brand new shop in Tralee on November 4th, creating up to 30 new jobs. The family-run butchers’ newest shop, opening just in time for the Christmas season, is part of the redevelopment of Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road in Tralee which includes a new state of the art Food Hall. This Food Hall will see some of Ireland’s leading artisan food brands coming together under one roof including Kerry based fishmonger, Quinlan’s Fish, innovative and seasonal deli Baxter & Greene and the multi award-winning Sheridans Cheesemongers.

Founded by James and Joan Whelan in Clonmel the business is now under the stewardship of their son, CEO Pat Whelan who is so thrilled to be opening up in Tralee.

Celebrated the launch of the new Tralee shop, Pat stating:
“We are so proud to be opening our new shop in such a vibrant town as Tralee and in a county that is synonymous with great food – as well as being home to the Blas na hEireann Awards. Already the response has been fantastic and we look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our new home in Tralee.”

Dunnes Stores North Circular Road Store Manager, Anne Marie O’Hara, added:
“It’s a very exciting time for Dunnes Stores in Tralee with the introduction of the new state of the art Food Hall. Our team and our customers have been so looking forward to James Whelan Butchers opening up and we know that it will be a great addition to our offering here in North Circular Road and to the town.”

Performing the official opening was a great friend of James Whelan Butchers, Artie Clifford, the Dingle based founder and Chairperson of the Blas na hEireann Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the food industry and take place in Dingle every year. Artie said: “It’s an honour for me to be officially opening the James Whelan Butchers’ Tralee shop today. The business has always been so supportive of our work with the Blas na hEireann Awards and it’s so great to now have one of their shops right on our doorstep in Kerry.”


 

James Whelan Butchers, Tralee Opening, Pat Whelan, Arty Clifford, Blas na hEireann, Dunnes Food Hall, Award Winning Butcher

Pat Whelan, CEO James Whelan Butchers, ARty Clifford, Founder Blas na hEireann and Anne Marie O’Hara, Manager Dunnes Stores North Circular Road, pictured at the opening of James Whelan Butchers’ new shop in Tralee.

James Whelan Butchers to create 60 new jobs – Two new shops opening in Kerry & Dublin

Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2021 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food, Press | No Comments »

Pat Whelan, Peter Hannan, Hannan Meats, James Whelan Butchers, Leopardstown, Dunnes Stores, Food Hall, Shop Opening

Celebrating the opening of the new James Whelan Butchers shop in Dunnes Stores, Leopardstown, Dublin, which is one of two James Whelan Butchers shops opening, with the second opening taking place in Tralee on Nov 4th. The CEO of James Whelan Butchers, Pat Whelan, is joined by Peter Hannan, CEO of Hannan Meats, with Fran Caffrey, Executive Butcher, Johnny Behan, Operations Manager and Paul Lynch, Business Development Manager to open the new James Whelan Butchers shop.

Multi-award-winning artisan butcher James Whelan Butchers are opening two new shops within a day of each other in November, one in the market town of Tralee in Co. Kerry and the other in the South Dublin suburbs of Leopardstown, creating over 60 new jobs in the process. With two shops opening in two days it brings to over 240 people now employed in a business that had humble beginnings in Clonmel in the 1960s.

Founded by James and Joan Whelan and now under the stewardship of their son, CEO Pat Whelan, the business has 12 shops throughout Ireland, as well as a vibrant online shop established in the early 2000s that offers a door to door service through its national and local delivery service. In 2020 the company introduced a Centre of Excellence and Logistics Centre in Clonmel, which is also the location of the business’s headquarters.

CEO Pat Whelan stated “It has been an amazing, yet humbling journey building this great business that was started by my parents 55 years ago. Within the business, we always say it takes great people to build a great business and we are lucky to have a dedicated, hard-working team who are passionate about creating great food and delivering world-class customer service. Many have been part of the James Whelan Butchers’ story for years and it is fantastic for all of us to see this team grow even further with the opening of our Tralee and Leopardstown shops.”

Pat added, “This expansion would not have been possible either without the very special partnerships we have nurtured with other like-minded food producers, who share the same ethos as us around sustainable food production. Nor would have been possible without our loyal customers and friends, some of whom have shopped with us since we first opened our doors in Clonmel back in 1966.”

Artisan Butcher, Craft Butcher, James Whelan Butchers, Apprentice Butchers
Artisan Butcher, Craft Butcher, James Whelan Butchers, Apprentice Butchers

The company has always had an innovative approach to business, which was years before its time. In the early 2000’s it was the first butcher to introduce an online shop and in 2011 a unique collaboration with Avoca was launched and now there are two James Whelan Butchers in Avoca outlets, in Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue.

In 2016, the award-winning butcher collaborated with one of Ireland’s much-loved family brands, Dunnes Stores to open three James Whelan Butchers shops in Dublin – Cornelscourt and Rathmines in 2016 and Swords in 2017. In 2018 new shops opened in Dunnes Stores Blanchardstown and Cork. In 2019 two further shops opened – Naas and Jetland, Limerick. Now with the addition of Tralee and Leopardstown, it brings to nine the number of James Whelan Butcher shops within Dunnes Stores innovative Food Halls opening up around the country.

Artisan Butcher, Craft Butcher, James Whelan Butchers, Peter Hannan, Hannan Meats

The CEO of James Whelan Butchers, Pat Whelan with Peter Hannan, CEO of Hannan Meats at the store opening.

James Whelan Butchers to Create up to 20 Jobs in Tralee

Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2021 by Pat Whelan in Foodie Articles, Good Food, Press | No Comments »

Shop Opening in Tralee

We are so proud to share with you that we will be opening our 11th shop later this summer in Tralee, Co. Kerry, creating up to 20 new jobs in the region. The new addition to the family will be part of the redevelopment of Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road in Tralee which will include a state of the art Food Hall. This new Food Hall will see some of Ireland’s leading artisan food brands coming together under one roof and will offer Kerry food lovers a world class retail experience on par with best international standards.

In 2016, we launched our collaboration with Ireland’s leading retailer Dunnes Stores, another family business with immense heritage and a strong sense of pride in delivering quality products and great value to its customers for generations. This collaboration has led to the opening of James Whelan Butcher shops around Ireland – Cornelscourt and Rathmines in 2016, Swords in 2017, Blanchardstown and Cork in 2018. In 2019 there were a further two shops opened, in Naas town centre and in the Jetland Shopping Centre in Limerick.

Visitors to the Avoca Stores in Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue will be aware of our award-winning butcher as both shops feature James Whelan Butcher shops on site and many food lovers will also be aware of the original founding butchers shop in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. James Whelan Butchers was also the first Irish butchers to open an online shop, back in the early 2000’s.

As many of you will be aware, James Whelan Butchers was founded in the 1960’s by husband and wife team, James and Joan Whelan who are fifth generation butchers and farmers. The current CEO Pat Whelan, James and Joan’s son, has been at the realm since 1999 and has developed the brand nationally and internationally, creating award-winning artisan products, which appear on the shelves of some of the leading international retailers, including Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Whole Foods.

Currently employing over 180 people, we are now recruiting for a wide range of positions for our new Tralee shop – from those interested in beginning a career in butchery and customer service right through to experienced butchers.

CEO Pat Whelan, who is delighted to announce the opening of his 11th shop in Tralee, stated “It’s at times like this that we reflect on the values the business was founded on by my mother and father, which were simply quality and service – and while the business has adapted and grown over the years – the values have never changed – quality and service.

Pat added, “Our team is so proud to become part of this historic market town rich with a vibrant heritage and look forward to welcoming customers old and new to our new home in Tralee. We are currently recruiting for a wide range of positions from apprentice to experienced butcher, as well as customer service personnel. We promise a great place to work as part of a talented and ambitious team, competitive salary, continual training opportunities and an exciting career progression.

Dunnes Stores North Circular Road Store Manager, Anne Marie O’Hara, is looking forward to introducing his customers to the award winning artisan butcher. ‘It’s a very exciting time for Dunnes Stores in Tralee with the introduction of the new state of the art Food Hall. Already anticipation is building with customers as well as the team here. We know that the James Whelan Butcher shop will be such a great addition to our food offering, together with all of the other leading artisan food producers who will be calling Tralee and Kerry home in the very near future.

To find out more about how you can join the team at James Whelan Butchers email careers@jwb.ie
or click through to our careers page here.

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