“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Salad „
Rocket is a great leaf. It's really versatile and you can use it in many ways - some great examples of how to use it are given below.
But first, the taste. Rocket is usually described as "peppery" but I hate pepper myself (or anything vaguely spicy at all) and I love rocket so don't let that put you off if it's the same for you. It certainly has a more interesting flavour than many of the blander salad leaves and it's great for making your salads a bit more interesting!
I'll talk more about salads later but this is really much more versatile than just a salad leaf. I make burgers with blue cheese and rocket in the bun - a really quick and easy way of making a simple burger look "posh". Just toast the bun and then melt blue cheese on it under the grill, then when the burger's ready add a handful of rocket.
Rocket also goes with goats' cheese really well. You can make an interesting pasta dish by tossing in some cherry tomatoes, rocket, goats' cheese and pine nuts - so little fuss and such a great result! I use fusilli but you could also use penne, or anything you want really. You can do the same thing with filled pasta of course, but I think the goats' cheese and rocket are flavourful enough that introducing new things would spoil it some.
If you're more of an experienced cook you can try making your own pesto. Yes, it's not just basil that you can make pesto with - rocket makes an equally good substitute. And as long as you can find a recipe and a blender, it's not actually that hard. The effort you put in to making it is justified because it will keep for a few weeks in the fridge and afford you some easy convenience food (pasta + pesto = done!) for very little effort.
Finally, a more obvious use for rocket and that's in salads. I read Jamie Oliver's generic salad recipe and it works like this: add two different types of leaf (e.g. spinach and iceberg, or baby gem lettuce and rocket, watercress and oak chard, etc.), some kind of vegetable (cucumber, cherry tomatoes, etc.), some kind of topping (cashew nuts, crutons, blue cheese, chopped hazelnuts, etc.) and a dressing. This allows you a wide variety of salads simply by following the same basic formula.
Anyway, rocket is great as one of the leaves in this type of salad because it brings its own unique flavour to the bowl and it really is very moreish!
Whew, I think I've exhausted all the uses for rocket that I can think of off of the top of my head but feel free to go and experiment yourselves - the limit is your imagination! The other great thing is that you can get a whole packet of the stuff from Tesco for £1 (I think it's the same price in Sainsbury's) and it really goes quite a long way (apart from if you're making pesto, maybe) so it's great value for money.
If you liked hearing all these different ideas, you might like my review on Boursin (http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/food/boursin-cheese/1333935/) - it has similar suggestions and inspirations.