This dish really showcases the best of Irish ingredients. The smoked haddock combined with the vintage Irish cheese and some crusty bread for dipping is a match made in heaven. It’s great as a starter but also works well as a dip at a cocktail party.

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 fillets naturally smoked haddock, skin removed and diced
  • 110ml crème fraîche
  • 110ml fresh cream
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 spring onions
  • 100g Wexford vintage cheddar, grated
  • Seasoning


1 Preheat the grill of an oven to medium.
2 Heat a large frying pan with oil and fry the haddock pieces for approximately two  minutes.
3 Add the crème fraîche, cream, tomatoes and spring onions and simmer for a further three to five minutes. Season lightly.
4 Remove from the heat and divide the mixture between four ramekin dishes.
5 Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the fish and sauce, then place under the grill for two to three minutes until the cheese is bubbling and slightly browned.
6 Serve immediately with some nice crusty bread or salad

Tip: Use Wicklow or Cashel Blue instead of the cheddar if preferred.

Recipe Credit: Kevin Dundon

Photography Credit: Harry Weir, assisted by Brian Clarke