As much as possible I like to cook from scratch, but I’m not averse to a helping hand from a packet mix or jar of sauce… especially when I pressed for time, or have forgotten to buy special ingredients! Schwartz Flavour Shots are a great store cupboard staple, and are a blend of spices, herbs and seasonings infused in sunflower oil for amazing tasting meals in a shot. You can buy them in supermarkets for £1.39 (although, our local has them on special offer for a pound!)
I was kindly sent all 8 varieties of Flavour Shots to try out at home, and recently cooked Mexican Fajitas for dinner, which I am sharing with you this post. But before I do that, let me tell you all about them…
You don’t have to worry about buying special herbs and spices with Schwartz Flavour Shots as they’re all infused in the pot of sunflower oil, ready to add your own fresh ingredients.
- Chinese Sweet & Sour – add chicken, carrot, red pepper, ketchup, pineapple chunks, cornflour and spring onions. (20 mins/serves 4)
- Italian Creamy Herb Tagliatelle – add mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, crème fraîche, tagliatelle and rocket. (15 mins/serves 4)
- Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken – add onion, chorizo, chicken, yellow pepper, tinned tomatoes and ketchup. (30 mins/serves 4)
- Thai Red Curry – add chicken, coconut milk, tomato purée, red pepper, mangetout and spring onions. (25 mins/serves 4)
- Indian Mild Masala Curry – add onion, tinned tomatoes, milk and chicken. (35 mins/serves 4)
- Spanish Paella – add chorizo, chicken, paella or risotto rice, red pepper and peas. (40 mins/serves 4)
- Indian Spicy Jalfrezi Curry – add onions, tomato purée, tinned tomatoes, chicken, red and green peppers. (30 mins/serves 4)
- Mexican Fajitas – add chicken, red onion, green and red peppers, tomato purée. (15 mins/serves 4)
Of course, you’re not limited to using the fresh ingredients that are given on the wrapper! We made chicken fajitas, but could easily have used strips of beef, or made them completely vegetarian. Schwartz have included alternatives on the packaging (which is minimal, which I love) as well as recipe ideas on their website. Here are some of the suggestions…
- Chinese Flavour Shot Rice using Chinese Sweet & Sour
- Stuffed Butternut Squash using Italian Creamy Herb Tagliatelle
- Spanish Omelette using Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken
- Prawn Laska using Thai Red Curry
- Chicken Biryani using Indian Mild Masala Curry
- Catalan Fish Stew using Spanish Paella
- Jalfrezi Lamb Kebabs using Indian Spicy Jalfrezi Curry
- Chicken Salad using Mexican Fajitas
Since fajitas are a family favourite in our household, I stuck to the original use for this Flavour Shot, however, we didn’t use green peppers, but a mix of orange, red, and yellow. The directions are simple – spoon, sizzle, serve, and these were on the table in no time at all!
The cooking aroma from the herbs and spices in the Flavour Shot was so good, which transferred into delicious tasting fajitas. How you wrap your fajitas is up to you, but it was tortillas for the boy, and hubs and I used lettuce leaves instead, so as to stick within our eating plan. Some salsa and avocado finished off the wraps. Other favourite toppings are sour cream, guacamole and grated cheese. This mix had a nice kick of spice to it – warming without being overbearing, but if you like a little bit more chilli, you can always add a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes, or throw in a chopped fresh chilli! One of the added ingredients was tomato purée, which I actually forgot to put in – I don’t think it made a difference though!
We’ve got the other 7 Flavour Shots to eat our way through, in fact, I plan on using the Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken Flavour Shot for dinner tomorrow night. As I said at the top of this post, they’re a great store cupboard product, and the fact that you can invent your own dishes using them, makes meal times a little bit more interesting from the norm. I don’t know about you, but we tend to get stuck in a bit of a rut, having the same meals week in, week out, so something Flavour Shots can switch things up!
Have you tried Schwartz Flavour Shots?