Replacing Water with Broth
Whenever we step into the kitchen, our focus is on flavor. And being the experts in finding flavor wherever we can, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to coax every bit of great taste possible out of a dish. Because of our relentless quest for deliciousness, we’ve come up with some pretty unique techniques to take flavor to the next level.
One of the easiest ways to fine-tune flavor is to replace any water in recipes with Swanson® broth. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. Think about it: boiling broccoli in broth infuses it with a savory dimension of flavor that water just doesn’t have. The next time you cook vegetables, simmer them in broth—try this recipe to see what we mean.
Swapping water with broth works in simple baking recipes too. These biscuits are case in point. Start with baking mix, Cheddar cheese and broth, add garlic for kick, and you’ve got rich-tasting biscuits to serve alongside a pot of homemade soup or chili. (To underscore the biscuits’ garlic flavor even more, brush them fresh out of the oven with butter that’s been melted with a little minced garlic.)
There are other simple ways to use broth to make a positive flavor impact on a dish. After sautéing chicken breasts or pork chops in a skillet, deglaze with a splash of broth or Swanson® stock to loosen the stuck bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, then swirl in a tablespoon or two of butter, add a few drops of lemon juice or flavorful vinegar (sherry vinegar is especially delicious here) and a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs, and—vóila!—a perfect pan sauce to drizzle over the meat.
Ready for more? Poach eggs in broth. Roast asparagus with a tiny bit of broth. Make salad vinaigrette with broth. The sky’s the limit! What else do you do with broth to bring more flavor into your dishes? We’d love to hear about them!