Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Rob Corliss
February 28, 2021

Pimento cheese can be a workhorse SKU used across the menu and across dayparts. Here are 15 application ideas:

5 Menu Applications:

  • Spread on sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers and tacos
  • Sauce atop pizza
  • Melt over loaded fries, baked potatoes and nachos
  • Dip served as-is or blended with another dip/sauce
  • Filling for Juicy Lucy burgers, appetizers and fritters

5 Easy Mix-Ins:

  • Deviled eggs
  • Queso
  • Mac and cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Chicken salad or egg salad

5 Heat Add-Ins:

  • Jalapeño (fresh, dried, powdered, pickled)
  • Habanero (fresh, dried, powdered)
  • Sriracha
  • Red pepper flakes or Aleppo chile flakes
  • Harissa

About The Author


ROB CORLISS is a three-time James Beard House guest chef with more than 30 years of experience that includes running world-class hotels, launching new concepts, working in top marketing agencies and owning the culinary consultancy ATE (All Things Epicurean) since 2009. Based in Nixa, Mo., ATE has an energizing passion focused on flavor innovation and is dedicated to connecting people to their food, environment and wellness. Rob is also a regular contributor to Flavor & The Menu. [email protected]