Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

 

 

 

By Katie Ayoub
May 13, 2022

 

Katie Reicher

Katie Reicher

Today, chefs are homing in on Greek food culture, celebrating it while reinventing dishes through clever mash-ups and creative renditions. A reimagining of spanakopita led Katie Reicher, Executive Chef of Greens, a vegetarian restaurant, to create the Greek Spinach & Feta Pizza. “In the springtime, produce in the Bay Area is as bright, refreshing and earthy as can be,” she says. “When it came time to change our seasonal pizza, we looked toward the Mediterranean for inspiration. My pastry chef requested that we do an all-green pie, which made me think of spanakopita. This pizza is beloved by our guests. It’s a fun spin on a classic.”

To build the pizza, Reicher layers sautéed onions and garlic onto Greens’ signature cornmeal crust, then adds the flavorful greens, which are a combination of wilted spinach, dill and scallions, then a finish of lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, black pepper and nutmeg. She tops the greens with mozzarella and a crumble of sheep’s milk feta, introducing salty nuttiness. “Once out of the oven, golden brown and bubbly, we add more fresh dill, crushed red pepper flakes and a drizzle of lemony green olive tapenade,” says Reicher.

 

About The Author

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Katie Ayoub is managing editor of Flavor & The Menu. She has been working in foodservice publishing for more than 16 years and on the Flavor team since 2006. She won a 2015 Folio award for her Flavor & The Menu article, Heritage Matters. In 2006, she won “Best Culinary Article” from the Cordon D’Or for an article on offal.