Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

Four Creative Twists on the Traditional Move the falafel into a mini-burger format with a simple shift in shape


By Charlie Baggs

Perfectly at home tucked into a fluffy pita or served atop rice, the falafel is poised to move into other formats, bringing its craveable texture and flavor into familiar and fun presentations. Here are 4 ideas on how to leverage the falafel trend:

  • Serve falafel patties as “burgers,” with classic accompaniments for traditional flavor in a familiar delivery system.
  • Consider stuffed falafel appetizers: braised meat centers; vegetable centers; seasoned potato centers; ovo-friendly “Scotch egg.”
  • Explore shape variety, such as falafel fries.
  • Incorporate bold and unexpected flavors: Toss in Buffalo sauce, sweet and spicy, or Asian flavors.
  From the Jan/Feb 2018 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & the Menu magazine. Read the full issue online or check if you qualify for a free print subscription.

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