LLast year, this newspaper said that “Marmite is having a great gastronomic moment”, after noting that the divisive yeast extract was increasingly being presented as an ingredient, rather than simply being spread on toast.
Yes, Marmite has come to life. As a sandwich filling, it is still polarizing, but as an ingredient it is much more subtle, adding a warm and umami touch to all kinds of dishes, as demonstrated by the 10 great recipes below.
Roasted potatoes with thyme and kettle
We’ll start with my all-time favorite Marmite recipe, as discovered in a Guardian reader recipe exchange six years ago: Marmite Thyme Roasted Potatoes. The trick here is to melt some Marmite into the oil before the potatoes go in; Not only does this help them get crisp, but it also adds exactly the right amount of richness.
Marmite Cheese Straws
A couple of years ago, Alvin Caudwell had the great idea to spread kettle on puff pastry to make cheese straws. These are huge and elegant Twiglets and deserve to be served at every post-closing event.
Spaghetti with Marmite
I clearly remember seeing Nigella Lawson do it. spaghetti with kettle on TV and being offended by its simplicity – it’s little more than “boil some spaghetti, put some Marmite in it, and then eat it” – but I’d like to apologize on behalf of my younger self. Listen, if something as blatantly simplistic as cacio e pepe can be a thing, then spaghetti with a kettle can too.
Marmite Whipped Butter
If you were in doubt that Marmite deserves to be considered an artisan food, remember that Yotam Ottolenghi cooks with it. True, your Bacon Chestnut Buns would probably be delicious on their own, but your Marmite Whipped Butter – just Marmite and butter thrown into a blender – really makes them sing.
Fried Marmite Sandwiches
Since it looks like we’re going this route anyway, how about we put some Marmite on a cheese sandwich and fry it up? This is what author Alexander McCall Smith does, plus he eats it for breakfast.
Vegetarian burger with marmita and chili
Although it may taste like it came from a processing plant, Marmite is vegan, making it ideal for livening up vegetarian dishes. The Veg Space has a Veggie burger recipe with marmite and chili – made with lima beans, mushrooms, rice, and nut butter – in which Marmite is a wonderful addition. Without it, the chili runs the risk of being harsh and unpleasant, but the Marmite adds a base layer of warmth.
Pointy kitchen Chickpeas kettles They fall short of Nigella in terms of simplicity, although they are more of a snack. Bake some canned chickpeas, rub them in Marmite, bake them again and eat them. They also have the advantage of having zero Weight Watchers points, if that’s important to you.
Mushroom and mascarpone tortellini
Cookpad’s user-generated dishes tend to be quite popular, and so it is with this mushroom and mascarpone tortellini, which, you guessed it, contains a generous amount of Marmite. Marmite skeptics among you may wonder if this is an odd attempt to make “Russian roulette” tortellini a thing, but it gives the dish a good kick (or “bite” as the recipe calls it).
Now before you overreact, know that this is a recipe from the official Marmite website, okay? These people understand Marmite properties better than anyone. If you want to fight, do it with them. Anyway, here goes: Marmite shakes. Kettle, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothies. I know right? If you do this, let me know, because I have no guts.
Finally, the definitive Marmite recipe: a Marmite recipe. The Alchemilla restaurant in Nottingham is proud to make its own version, which it shared with the Great British Chefs website. The good news is that it is easy as it only requires sourdough bread, water, yeast, and sugar. The bad news is that it takes a long time, with a record of two and a half days. Still, what else do you do with your free time?
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism