I try SO HARD not to accept every product review or freebie that comes my way, I really do. I absolutely know that you guys prefer my recipes and would rather I came up with a new inventive sauce rather than reviewing one, and I try to stick to that. I do. But then Knorr get in touch and offer to send me an entire roast dinner and I can’t resist.
I’m weak, I tell you. Weak.
As that lovely pack shot up there shows, Knorr’s Gravy Pots won Product of the Year in the Gravy and Stock category. Product of the Year is the largest consumer-voted award in the world, so for these gravy pots to win suggested that they must be seriously good. Spoiler alert: They were. Knorr sent me these, along with the ingredients for the roast dinner, to celebrate.
To test them properly, I knew I’d need some people with seriously good taste. So I invited Ashley (from Peach Trees and Bumblebees, and my partner-in-crime for The Greedy Girls) and Lauren (writer for Channel 4 Food and one of my favourite guest vloggers so far) to test them. Oh, and Garry. But he lives with me, so he’s invited by default.
Knorr had sent me beef, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and broccoli. I served box-baked Camembert with bread, olives and grapes to start, because life is too short to not have gooey cheese whenever you can.
With Ashley’s help I roasted the beef according to Delia’s wisdom — I pre-heated the oven to as hot as it would go (About 230C for me), chopped up a large white onion and scattered it across the centre of a roasting tin and nestled my beef on top. I sprayed it with oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and rubbed that in. I cooked it for 20 minutes then lowered the heat and gave it 15 minutes per 450g of meat. Then I added 15 minutes on top of that, because I like my beef medium rare, and rested it under foil for 30 minutes afterwards.
I tossed the peeled carrots and parsnips in balsamic vinegar and roasted them. I peeled the potatoes, boiled them until soft and then added them to the beef for the final thirty minutes of cooking. The broccoli I just steamed in the microwave — broccoli is so good on its own, it doesn’t need anything fancy.
And then…the gravy.
The Gravy Pots are shaped and sized sort of like the individual servings of jam you get in hotels or airplanes. They come in onion, beef and gravy flavour — I went for onion. You pop them in warm water, whisk whilst it comes to the boil, boil it for a minute and serve it. It’s literally that easy. I have a mental block where it comes to making gravy (it’s always too thick or too thin when I use granules) but having tried the chicken and beef flavours since this evening, I’ve been able to do it without a problem.
Each pot makes a lot, and it’s damn good gravy.
Is it as good as the stuff my mum makes once a year on Christmas day, with juices and fats and thickenings and browning? Maybe not. But the key to that sentence is once a year — very few people have time to do that regularly, and this are just so easy and so tasty that it makes sense to do it instead.
Basically the gravy was quick, easy, and super tasty. Can’t really ask for more than that, can you?
For dessert, by the way, I made a chocolate pie with italian meringue. I will write that recipe up, when I can remember where I put it…!