I’m a sucker for a posh crisp and so an invite to the launch of Market Deli, the new range of premium snacks from the makers of Walkers crisps, went down very well especially as top chef Tom Aikens was going to be doing a cookery demo.
The Market Deli range has been inspired by produce found in delicatessens and features both pita chips and tortilla chips, in addition to the classic crisp, in eight mouth-watering flavours such as Mature Cheddar from Cornwall to aged Aceto Balsamico di Modena PGI and delicious Sundried Tomatoes from the Manisa region in Turkey.
We spent a lovely summer’s evening trying out the snacks with samples of the products they were inspired by. It was great to see how well the original flavours translated to the crisp and to appreciate the level of ‘crisp-crunch’ created by the triple-cooking of the potatoes. The grand finale was the opportunity to watch Tom Aikens create a macaroni cheese and a gazpacho, dishes influenced by the flavours of the Market Deli products.
For the macaroni cheese he created a roux which was equal parts flour and butter that was thoroughly cooked through until dry. Some warm milk infused with thyme and a bay leaf was added and to make sure there were no lumps Tom kept stirring vigorously.
He than added the cooked pasta and sundried tomatoes, marjoram, basil and ham. The dish was placed in the oven until ready when we were able to sample its deliciousness.
His gazpacho was a tasty thick blend of hand chopped raw and sundried tomatoes, tarragon, basil, red peppers roasted and raw, cucumbers, yellow peppers, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, sugar, roast garlic, red onions, tomato juice and a good slug of olive oil.
Market Deli crisps are available in potato, tortilla and pita chips and crisps in eight flavours, in 165g sharing bags. The potato crisps are also available in single bags in Mature Cornish Cheddar, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Flame Grilled Spanish Chorizo with Roasted Onion. Perfect with a pint of beer or a Pimms watching the World Cup or Wimbledon!
The full range of Walkers Market Deli range are now available in good supermarkets nationwide.