I was recently sent a hamper from the people at Knorr and challenged to come up with a recipe using their award winning Flavour Pots. I am no stranger to the Flavour Pots. I use them all the time and I really love a challenge so for me this was something I really enjoyed doing. I am not sure how many recipes I am allowed to create, but this is the first one. I got the hamper on Friday and already I have done the recipe. Just goes to show you how much I love these flavour pots.
It really was a lovely hamper, containign a multitude of ingredients for my use, not the least of was all of their flavour pots in nine tantalizing flavours.
I am not surprised at all that these Flavour Pots collected first prize in the Sauce & Seasoning Category for this years Product of the Year Awards. These flavour pots allow you to easily infuse your cooking with the flavour of fresh herbs and spices, but with all of the convenience of dried. I am a big fan of them and use them a lot. They come in Mixed Herbs, Three Peppercorn, Curry, Garlic, Mixed Chillies, Garden Herbs, Ginger & Lemongrass, Paprika and Mexican. As you can see quite a variety to cover just about every genre of cooking styles and cultural flavours. They are very adaptable and like I say I use them frequently.
Today I combined four different ones to create a delicious pot roast. The wheels started turning for this recipe as soon as the hamper arrived and on Saturday I picked up a nice piece of brisket to use.
I combined one each of the Three Peppercorn, Garlic, Paprika and Garden Herb pots.
Half of this mixture was rubbed all over the brisket. The other half reserved.
I nestled the flavour pot rubbed brisket into a mixture of aromatics . . . chopped carrots, celery, parsnip, swede and onion . . . in a heavy oven casserole dish.
The remainder of the flavour pot mixture was whisked into some beef stock along with some balsamic vinegar and poured around the roast in the casserole dish . . .
Tightly covered . . . the meat was roasted in the oven for about 2 1/2 hours until the meat was well flavoured and quite tender, having turned it just the once, halfway through the cooking time.
The end result is a meat which is fork tender and delicious, having taken in some of the flavours from all those flavour pots . . . with a fabulous gravy which has been flavoured not only by the aromatics, but also by the flavour pots. I did not need to use any additional seasoning for mine. It was seasoned just perfectly.
The gravy was heavenly. We had it spooned over the meat and the potatoes. Just lovely. (I confess . . . I also dipped a slice of bread in it and enjoyed that too. I am such a glutton.) I do hope you will give it a go. (I have included what I think are excellent substitutions for those of you who cannot get the flavour pots.)
*Easy Pot Roast*
1 TBS good balsamic vinegar4 TBS plain flour, shaked in a jar with cold water
salt and pepper to taste
Many thanks to the people at Knorr for challenging me to create a new family favorite!