“ Brand: Schwartz / Type: Potatoes „
One of the meals I have found my "groove" with, cooking wise, is a roast dinner, complete with perfectly cooked meat and vegetables, though I find my potatoes are the one thing I love to eat a few times a week, without having to have the entire ensemble in tow.
Unfortunately though, when not cooking the potatoes in the meat juices as I normally do, although still nice enough, lacks a little flavour, so after spotting this mix I had to try it.
The mix in question is a "Schwartz for spuds - garlic and rosemary mix".
Instructions for use are incredibly easy, with it stating that you should par boil your potatoes for 5 minutes, to slightly soften, add a little oil to the roasting pan first and pre-warm, which in fairness you should always do anyway for extra crispiness, coat the now drained potatoes from there water and cover with more oil, then liberally sprinkle the contents of the sachet over, and pop in the oven.
On the sachet, there is a delectable looking picture of the so-called "finished product", which I don't always take much notice of, as these can be terribly misleading, but after seeing the mix itself before sprinkling onto the potatoes, I held a bit more hope than normal!
When sprinkling onto my potatoes....and parsnips and onions (greedy bag!), I noticed how much like stuffing this looked and smelled, in fact next time I may well just try sprinkling dried stuffing and see how that works!
After being in the oven for about 20 minutes, I took the tray out and gave the potatoes a good mixing, the smell of garlic became very apparent, and less stuffing like, and smelled absolutely delicious.
Once cooked (around 45minutes, I like my roasties very crispy!), I had a cheeky taste (before serving up dinner, cooks prerogative!), they were cooked beautifully, though that was more me than the mix, with the crumbly mix having gone a much darker colour, looking almost burned, but thankfully didn't taste like it looked.
The garlic was very apparent as was the rosemary, though ground fine enough as not to have whole shards of rosemary leaves sticking out, though you will probably still get the bits stuck to your teeth, though if you are planning on snogging after eating this, I would imagine (like myself) you are sharing this with your other half!
Price wise this is available from most decent supermarkets from around 80p a packet, and there are quite a few different flavours available in the range.
For recipe advice and ideas visit - www.schwartz.co.uk
This is a lovely mix that makes more than the "four medium potatoes" stated on the packet, making a more family sized portion than that, and as long as you are not allergic to wheat or barley, is the perfect midweek potatoes, picker upper!
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I went food shopping with my mom the other day which is usually something I really hate doing but on that particular day I was very bored and needed to get out of the house so I went along. So anyway I was just mooching around Morrison's not looking for anything in particular when I noticed the Schwartz section of packets and this one caught my eye, so off into the trolley it went because I really wanted to try it out and I knew it would the just the type of thing my mom would buy. I love roasters with a Sunday Dinner and I thought adding this powder to the usual roast potatoes would give them a nice twist and add some nice, but different flavours to an otherwise normal roast dinner.
How To Use:
I (And When I Say I, I Actually Mean My Mom =]) cooked the potatoes until they were about half done before we added this powder because according to my mom the flavour would take better if we did it that way. And then we put all the potatoes into a bowl and added the powder over the top before mixing the two things together and trying to make sure that all the roasters were evenly coated and then popped them back into the oven to finish cooking. We used about half the packet because I found that, that was more than enough to coat all the roasters but I guess it depends on how strong you want the end flavour, so you can use really as much or as little as you want, depending on each persons personal taste.
The Smell [Before Its Cooked]:
As soon as I opened the packet I was nearly knocked back by the overwhelming smell of garlic, now I like garlic flavour on pretty much anything and the stronger the better as far as I'm concerned but this did smell really overpowering. However I thought that once the flavours had all had time to heat up and cook whilst sinking into the potatoes that the smell would die down a bit and just leave an amazing taste. Also at this stage I could not smell any rosemary at all, I think that the overwhelming garlic scent just overpowered it.
I thought this might be worth mentioning because once this powder sinks into the potatoes and they are cooked they do look proper yummy! I can only describe the appearance of these roasters as crunchy and they do look a lot like wedges with a really think, crispy coating on them. The powder takes on a kind of dark yellow colour when it's cooked which doesnt look great but at the same time it didnt put me off eating my roasters at all!
The first thing I tried when dinner was dished up were this roasters because I was really looking forward to trying them and they did taste as good as they looked. The overpowering garlic smell had faded during cooking and it just left a really nice taste of proper roasted garlic but with only a slight aftertaste of the rosemary which I think was just right. The two flavours worked really well together and they did taste proper yummy. I liked the fact that they potatoes had a really thick, crispy sort of skin on them which was a nice, different texture against the softness of the potato inside. And everyone else really liked them too, even my mom who has the pickiest food tastes! So overall Id say I made a good decision in making my mom buy these!
I think this particular flavour is around 75p but I doubt you will find these being sold for more than £1 which is great value for money considering how nice this make your roasters taste and that you can get at least two uses out of one packet.
I highly recommend that everyone tries this mix because it does add a nice twist to an ordinary dinner and I bet you will be going back to buy more packets like my mom did!
For the Price you pay the results and the taste are amazing so I strongly suggest you go and buy a packet because I don't think you will be disappointed! This powder is going to become a permanent thing that's used in my Sunday Dinners from now on.
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I wasn't sure of what to have for dinner tonight and found a packet mix in the cupboard for these roast potatoes. It's nice to have something different now and again and I found some lamb which I thought would be a good accompaniment to these rosemary and garlic flavoured roast potatoes.
Made by Schwartz you can buy a packet mix for around 75p. I was only cooking for two of us tonight and found I had plenty of excess mix left over. I did use it for an extra generous coating on the potatoes but it could be saved for another meal theoretically.
To make these roast potatoes, you first par boil some potatoes. I chose to cut mine fairly small to decrease cooking time and also cooked the potatoes for longer than the packet mentioned for the same reason.
Once my potatoes were cooked, then you drain the water away and put the potatoes back in the pan. The mix can then be sprinkled over the potatoes and coated before putting into some hot oil in an oven dish.
I found once I opened the packet and looked into it; the mix looked like a very thin mixture of dried stuffing mix before you add water to it. There was a very strong smell of garlic that came out of the packet and at first it put me off. I wasn't really looking forward to eating them at this stage but they looked better afterwards.
Once you add the mix to the potatoes then you need to ensure they are all coated. They don't look very appetising at this stage either, and once added to the hot oil, they take on a glaze which does make them look slightly more appealing.
At this stage I realised that it might have been better to mix the contents in a plastic bowl rather than the saucepan, as despite create extra washing up, I think it would have been easier to clean a plastic bow, as the remainder of the mix stuck fast to the saucepan for some reason and it was a nightmare to get it off.
The potatoes will need to be cooked in the oven for 30 minutes according to the packet, but remember if you cut the potatoes small then cooking time will be reduced.
I made sure I turned them regularly to prevent burning, and they crisped up nicely in the oven after about twenty minutes.
The smell of garlic was still there when I removed them from the oven but at this stage they looked much more appetising, and I could see flakes of rosemary in the coating.
The mix had gelled together on the potato and given them a nice chewy texture along with the crispiness from the edges. It sounds like a weird combination but it actually worked for me.
Taste wise, I could get a much stronger flavour of garlic than rosemary, and there is a very strong aftertaste of a mix of the two. For this reason I would recommend absorbing with plenty of vegetables or perhaps a thinner coating on the potatoes to start with.
These were great in my cupboard as a back up and I'll definitely buy a packet again for the future. It's not something I will have every week though.
The packet you buy is 33g, and for nutritional information per 100g you will be provided with 207 calories and 7.79grams of fat.