Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Flavor & The Menu
May 27, 2022

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Successfully managing today’s foodservice challenges means you’re constantly seeking solutions that give you an edge, that allow you to get more from every kitchen resource, and that perform beyond expectations. You’re doing more every day, and you need products that can do the same.

The Performance Dairy portfolio of products from Land O’Lakes offers chefs a workhorse solution that delivers trend-forward menu versatility, labor-saving advantages, quality performance, delicious dairy flavor and the reliability of a trusted brand since 1921.Used on their own or in combination with other cheeses and ingredients, the five premium cheese sauces and queso dips that are part of the Performance Dairy category open up a broad array of craveable and trend-forward menu options across all dayparts.

For example:

  • Add garlic, shallots, Dijon mustard, brandy and butter to Extra Melt® White Cheese Sauce for an elevated Brandy Peppercorn Cheese Sauce over a steak or chop.
  • Smother tater tots, scrambled eggs, peppers, tomatoes and onions with Queso Bravo® Yellow Cheese Dip, featuring jalapeño and red peppers for a decadent Breakfast Totchos offering.
  • Punch up the flavor of Mac and Cheese by adding pulled smoked chicken, roasted poblano peppers and Queso Bravo® White Cheese Dip.
  • Combine Extra Melt® Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce with shredded Monterey Jack cheese to pour over amped-up Barbecue Waffle Fries, featuring pulled rotisserie-style chicken, barbecue sauce, cooked bacon, tomato, dill pickles and red onions.
  • Add hot sauce to Extra Melt® Yellow Cheese Sauce for a Picante Cheese Sauce that will kick up a savory waffle at breakfast.

This menu versatility is a direct result of the preparation advantages offered by the Performance Dairy products. “They are easy to cook with, no matter the level of experience of your prep staff, leading to a more efficient kitchen, ensuring consistency and building staff confidence,” says Chef Billy Kalil, Land O’Lakes Culinary Center Product Specialist, pointing to labor-saving advantages like the ability to cook the products in their food-safe pouch packages. “They are easy to heat and handle, and easy to ideate new menu concepts around. They are made for introducing the deliciousness of dairy to your menu, while simultaneously reducing preparation headaches.”

“Land O’Lakes has decades of expertise that have been brought to bear on the Performance Dairy portfolio,” says Kalil. “We make dairy products that solve problems and make operators’ lives easier.”

Check out these recipes and find more inspiration at landolakesfoodservice.com


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