Cooking Recipes

5 Ingredients That Make Every Meal Chef-Level

1st October 2021

We’ll let you in on a little secret… actually make that five little secrets. These are the ingredients that chefs drizzle, sprinkle and dollop over your favourite salads, veg, fish and meat to take them to ‘chef level’. It’s all about packing addition flavour into simple dishes. And the following sauces and condiments certainly do the trick. 

Our Made by Farmdrop team have rustled together five delicious additions to your store cupboard or fridge – that’s right, they’re ready-made (but you needn’t tell your amazed dining partners that!)

In short, these will elevate your dishes with minimal effort. Just add them to your Farmdrop basket and take your favourite dishes from good to great with minimal fuss and all the credit. 


Confit Garlic in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A brilliant cooking staple and chef’s secret ingredient, confit garlic is tender, sweet and has a slightly caramelised flavour. It’s softer and more mellow than raw garlic, lending itself to blending into dressings, dips, sauces or hummus. Mash the cloves to a paste with butter for topping flatbreads, or add a couple of spoonfuls to the roasting dish with your Sunday roast chicken. Drizzle the garlic scented oil over cooked vegetables, mix into mash or use for a quick garlic and chilli pasta sauce.

Chilli, Coriander and Lime Butter

A flavoured butter is a fabulous way to add interest to a range of dishes – melt onto a steak or chargrilled chicken breast, toss with freshly cooked vegetables or serve with warm bread for an elegant start to dinner.


Roast Hazelnut Dukkah

Dukkah is an incredibly versatile blend of toasted spices and crunchy roast hazelnuts. Add a sprinkle to liven up salads, add texture to soups, pep up simply sautéed vegetables or to top freshly poached eggs. 


We love serving it in a little pot alongside hunks of warm sourdough bread and extra virgin olive oil for a tasty snack to accompany aperitifs.

Rose Harissa Yoghurt Dip

Delicious with toasted pittas as part of a mezze spread, this versatile spiced dip is also fabulous dolloped onto grilled fish, meat, grain bowls or blanched tenderstem broccoli. Try using it as a marinade for boneless chicken thighs or spoon onto shakshuka for Saturday brunch.

Peanut Dressing

This nutty, zingy dressing is delicious drizzled on salads, slaws or tossed with noodles. Try it as a dipping sauce with spring rolls or chicken skewers, drizzled on freshly steamed greens with some extra crunchy peanuts on top or for a burger sauce with a twist.

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