Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Schwartz slow cooker mixes-Chicken in Red Wine(suitable for all the family)-review

With winter coming, Schwartz have developed a range of slow cooker mixes, so we can enjoy yummy winter warmer teas, without slaving away at the cooker all day. How about coming in from work, or the school run, and smelling the delicious aromas of your tea, all ready to be dished up.

The Schwartz slow cooker range consists of Beef and Tomato Casserole, Chicken Curry, Chicken in Red Wine, and Sausage and Bean Casserole.

We were lucky enough to sample these, and i can say, they are simply delicious, and make a yummy tea for all the family.
All you have to do it put all the ingredients into the your slow cooker in the morning(i prepare any veg the night before), turn it on, and leave it to work its magic.

All the sachets have a list of ingredients on the back, but i love the fact that you can add or change anything you don't like, or just fancy adding.

For the Chicken in Red Wine:

10 shallots, peeled
125g (5oz) button mushrooms
8 skinless chicken thighs or drumsticks, trimmed of fat
250g (9oz) bacon, sliced and cooked  
1 sachet Schwartz Slow Cookers Chicken in Red Wine Recipe Mix
300ml (½ pint) water
2 tbs tomato purée 

1. Place the shallots, mushrooms, chicken and bacon into your slow cooker pot.

2. Blend the sachet contents with the water and tomato purée, and add to the slow cooker pot. Stir through. 

3. Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW, or until the meat is tender and cooked through.  (Keep covered during cooking.  Cooking times vary between slow cooker models.)

4. Remove the lid, stir through and stand for 5 minutes before serving. 

5. Delicious served with roast potatoes and fresh vegetables. 

I used chicken breast to make this, and as I don't like bacon or cooked mushrooms, I just cooked with shallots, and served with roast potatoes, broccoli and green beans.

Come tea time, all i had to do was pop some roast potatoes into the oven(i used frozen ones) and put the vegetables onto boil, leaving free the valuable after school time, to spend with Eva catching up on what she's done at school, and trying to keep her awake as shes always so tired in the evenings, as opposed to in the kitchen cooking.
A really easy tea, that was really flavoursome, and a hit with all the family. I am now wondering how i ever managed without a slow cooker until now. You could even serve with chips/ jacket potatoe/ new potatoes or anything that takes your fancy.

It is definately worth a try, you never know, it might become a firm family favourite.

Loren xx

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