We all have them sitting in our kitchen cupboard, but there’s more to stock cubes than just soup and risotto. Take a look at our 10 quick and clever ways to add flavour to everyday meals using these little nuggets of goodness. Knorr stock cubes are made with carefully-selected herbs and spices to enhance the natural flavour of your fresh ingredients.
They are the secret seasoning ingredient that Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White uses in the kitchen. One of his favourite ways of using a stock cube is to crumble it into a little olive oil and mix it into a paste which he uses to season meat, poultry and fish.
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10 Ingenious Ideas for Using Knorr Stock Cubes
1. Whip Up a Flavoured Butter
Blend a vegetable stock cube and a crushed clove of garlic into softened butter and spread onto slices of crusty baguette. Bake in a hot oven for a few minutes for mouth-watering garlic bread. You can make this flavoured butter in big batches and roll into a log using cling film. Set in the fridge and later you can melt onto jacket potatoes or stir into soups.
2. Jazz Up Mince
Give your spag bol, meatballs or cottage pie a boost by adding a beef stock cube mixed with a touch of hot water into browned beef mince.
3. Create Amazing Pizzas
Enrich homemade pizza dough with a crumbled vegetable stock cube to add a lovely herby flavour with minimal effort.
4. Banish Boring Rice
Fed up of boring boiled rice? Use a chicken or vegetable stock cube melted into 100ml coconut milk, diluted with 100ml water, to simmer 200g rice. Add vegetables and cook on a low heat with the lid on until the grains are light and fluffy. Toss in some grilled prawns for that extra-special touch.
5. Make Perfect Roast Potatoes
Crumble a vegetable stock cube over olive oil-coated potatoes and toss before roasting for bags of flavour and a beautiful golden skin.
6. Give Chicken a Helping Hand
Rub chicken with a chicken stock cube before roasting or grilling for a deliciously-crispy skin.
7. Bake Homemade Tortilla Chips
Make amazing tortilla chips at home: Cut corn tortillas into triangles, brush with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle over a crumbled vegetable stock cube. Bake in a hot oven, tossing often until golden and crispy all over. Serve with drinks or crush and use to top soups for a tasty alternative to croutons.
8. Give Bechamel a Kick
Add an extra dimension to white sauce for lasagne by dissolving a chicken or vegetable stock cube into your hot milk. Don’t forget to add a pinch of nutmeg and a bay leaf.
9. Make the Ultimate Breadcrumb or Batter Coating
Give breadcrumb coatings and batters a makeover by adding a crumbled stock cube for extra flavour. The Knorr stock cube range has a flavour to tie you over whether you’re making homemade fried chicken, herby breadcrumb-crusted lamb chops or even vegetable tempura.
10. Keep Chicken Moist and Flavoursome
Bump up the flavour of poached chicken by cooking it in a pan of simmering water with a chicken stock cube added. Not only does it give it extra flavour, it also keeps the chicken moist so it’s perfect for shredding into salads and sandwiches.
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