Neil Perry

Neil Perry

Chef and Good Weekend columnist

Duck sang choi bao

Duck sang choi bao.

These sang choi bao are a great way to get a party started. If duck is not to your taste, you can make it with chicken or quail, or even minced lamb or beef.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 15 14:28:55 EST 2014

Black pepper tofu with eggplant


We whip out the wok and visit China for delicious inspiration for this spicy dish, ideal for serving as part of a banquet. The eggplant is great with asparagus added.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 15 08:00:23 EST 2014

Scampi crudo with orange, pistachio and mint

Here's a fresh, colourful, minimal-fuss idea to get a summer feast or Christmas lunch started. You can replace the scampi with sashimi-grade fish such as hiramasa kingfish or, if your prefer your...

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 09 10:54:13 EST 2014

Cabbage and parmesan salad

Cabbage and parmesan salad.

This salad is extremely versatile and has the right amount of flavour and crunch. Take it on a picnic, use it to add complexity to a sandwich or serve it as a simple side in a great family feast.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 09 10:47:40 EST 2014

Crispy potatoes with capsicum

Crispy potatoes with capsicum.

Every great feast needs a perfect side of potatoes. This flavour-packed roast dish fits the bill.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 09 10:41:40 EST 2014

Barbecued chicken with salsa verde

Barbecued chicken with salsa verde.

This chicken fits the bill for a minimal-fuss solution to a Christmas or other special-occasion feast centrepiece. A great salsa verde needs the best available anchovies. Ortiz is an excellent option.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 09 10:36:49 EST 2014

Cassata with sponge, ricotta filling and marzipan

Neil Perry's cassata.

You can prepare this amazing cassata the day before you serve it. It's a bit of work but a lot of fun to make and it's worth the effort and "wow" factor.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 08 08:48:53 EST 2014

Cherries with mascarpone sabayon

Cherries are Christmas to me, and they star in this dessert, though you can add white peaches, nectarines, apricots, mango - any or all the wonderful fruit we have at this time of the year.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Dec 02 00:00:00 EST 2014

Grilled corn puree with parmesan and basil

Grilled corn puree.

Looking for some simple sides this Christmas? Pair this sweet and creamy corn dish with tomatoes sliced and dressed with olive oil and a good balsamic or red wine vinegar and a beautiful green salad...

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 01 14:42:16 EST 2014

Butterflied roast turkey with chestnut, herb and bread stuffing

There's no guesswork with the timing and no slaving over a hot oven with this simple turkey roast. It's a traditional turkey Christmas lunch with stuffing, but there's no gravy and it uses the best...

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 01 14:36:49 EST 2014

Tapas-style grilled asparagus

Tapas-style grilled asparagus.

Take a culinary journey to Spain with delicious in-season asparagus served tapas-style. Alteratively, instead of using olives and almonds in this dish, you can use preserved anchovies or fried capers.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 01 08:47:32 EST 2014

Marinated tuna with caramelised onions and oloroso sherry

Marinated tuna with caramelised onions and oloroso sherry

Give tuna steak a Spanish spin with a dash of oloroso sherry. You can replace the tuna with swordfish or even diced chicken.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Dec 01 07:38:28 EST 2014

Twice-cooked kipfler potatoes

Twice-cooked kipfler potatoes.

The trick to roasting potatoes is to boil them first so they become super crisp outside and fluffy inside. I like to cook them in duck fat as it gives a really great flavour.

Christmas Feasts,Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Nov 25 10:43:37 EST 2014

Pan-fried whiting with burnt butter and herb salad

Pan-fried whiting

This is my favourite way to serve fish. It's perfect for whiting and sole, but fish like snapper, bream, blue-eye trevalla and coral trout are also good.

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Nov 25 10:23:33 EST 2014

Italian-style rice soup with fresh peas

Rice soup

To make the rice soup more substantial, buy half a roast chicken, take the meat off the bone, cut it into chunks and fold through the soup.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Nov 24 09:13:50 EST 2014

Piadine with nduja, stracchino and slow-roasted tomatoes


Quick and easy to make, the piadina - the taco of Italy - houses a sweet or savoury filling with equal dash. Here's how it's done.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Nov 24 09:09:20 EST 2014

Ceviche seafood salad with avocado, coriander and chilli

Ceviche salad with avocado and chilli.

Here's a fresh, lovely dish perfect for summer entertaining. This seafood salad works with any shellfish - crab, scallops or lobster - or fish with firm white flesh.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Nov 17 08:55:57 EST 2014

Beef and egg empanadas with pebre dipping sauce

Beef and egg empanadas.

Once you get the hang of it, these empanadas are easy to make. They're also really tasty with plain tomato sauce, but don't tell anyone we said that.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Nov 17 07:45:57 EST 2014

Pineapple, lime and ginger granita

Pineapple and lime granita.

It's hot out there. But relief is on the way in the form of a nice 'n' icy easy-peasy dessert. You can add another dimension to the granita by sprinkling crushed meringue on top.

Cook | Neil Perry | Tue Nov 11 10:47:35 EST 2014

Sichuan-style chicken stir-fry

Sichuan-style chicken stir-fry.

Sichuan pepper heats things up in this classic Chinese-style stir-fry. Add chopped fresh chillies or a spoon of chilli bean paste for extra bite. I also like it with snow peas or baby corn.

Cook | Neil Perry | Mon Nov 10 08:41:02 EST 2014