Chef Connexion - menu ideas

    Classic Grilled Chicken

    A grilling classic, versatile and easy to prepare—what could be better?

    Classic Nachos

    Canadians claim this popular dish for themselves—for appetizers, entrees and celebration platters. There are so many options! Replacing grated cheese with a cheese sauce makes nachos current and classy.

    Comfort & Style

    A bountiful harvest means many wonderful ingredients. Colder weather has customers craving heartier dishes. Then here come the holidays!

    Comfort Evolution

    Familiar favourites will always be popular with customers, but twists and tricks keep them fresh—and even fun.

    Creamy Potato and Vegetable Casserole

    For dinner or as a hearty lunch, this comforting casserole is perfect as a meatless main or served alongside roasted chicken. You may wish to blanch vegetables first to speed cook time along. Cooked potato wedges can be halved before casserole is baked for more evenly sized ingredients. The Parmesan cheese is optional, or you may choose to offer it on the side for sprinkling on at the table.

    Cutting Costs: What is the True Costs of Proteins?

    Centre-of-plate proteins are some of the most expensive ingredients. Implementing strategies to lower food costs without sacrificing quality and presentation can help your bottom line while feeding creativity and inspiration in the kitchen. Selecting less expensive cuts, marinating with creative sauces, creating soups and stews, and choosing sides that complement well while providing exceptional value are just some of the ways to tame the food cost beast.

    Easy Peasy Appetizers

    Premade items help you get the apps out fast, and these recipes are super simple!

    Going Global

    Creative chefs looking to add zest and excitement to their menus are finding inspiration with seldom-used ethnic flavours.

    Going Global - Ethnic Sparks Menu Creativity

    Mainstream cuisines such as Chinese and Mexican are making way for more intriguing global fare. Newcomers from across the globe will bring with them exotic recipes and ingredients, spurring fresh inspiration for chefs. Looking at the year to come, specialites like Filipino pancit (noodles) and snigang (soup), Pakistani roadside bun kebabs and Iranian gheimeh (stew will flourish in Canada’s diversifying ethnic food landscape.

    Technomic 2017 Canadian Trends Forecast

    Hearty Mussel Chowder

    Made with seasoned fish stock, white wine, tender corn and cream, this make-ahead soup base is finished to order with plump mussels and fresh herbs. It’s a creamy, thick and hearty chowder served piping hot as is, or garnish with herbed croutons, if desired.

    Hungry for Answers

    Research proves that consumers looking online for a place to eat or drink are also looking for your menu. It’s next on their “want to know now” checklist, just after where you’re located. So tell them what you serve! Let’s look at best practices for menus on the Web.

    Makeover Time

    109 seconds. That’s how long most people will take to read your menu. Does it tell customers what they want to know? Is it attractive enough to hang outside the door? Give this selling tool all the attention it deserves.

    Mini Broiled Seafood Appetizers

    Brimming with fish and shrimp, individual bowls of creamy herbed dip are delectable as appetizers served piping hot and golden. Accompany with flatbreads or crackers for spreading and dipping, or garnish with hot Sea Watch Country Crispy Breaded Clam Strip Surfers, if desired.

    Onion Ring-Wrapped Fried Eggs with Seasoned Hash

    This creative breakfast entrée features over-easy eggs nestled in crisp onion rings with a well-seasoned twist on traditional hash browns. Serve as is, pair with sausages or bacon, or top grilled strip loin steak with an onion ring-wrapped fried egg for brunch or dinner. Go with either one or two eggs per order along with some of the seasoned hash – this recipe makes enough hash browns for four servings. Onion rings can be baked ahead of time then popped into the skillet for finishing to order with fried eggs.

    Panko-Breaded Potato Croquettes

    Top these appetizer-sized croquettes with herbed sour cream – with or without an additional piece of cooked bacon as garnish – and serve on a platter at a buffet table or as passed canapes. Feel free to double the first five ingredients as you’ll have more of the breading ingredients than is needed for this number of croquettes.

    Potato Crust for Gourmet Pizza

    For lunch, dinner or as a late-night snack, this golden crust – made with potatoes in place of the usual dough – is a crisp and creative base for any and all of your favourite pizza toppings. Try topping with pizza sauce, pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers and shredded mozzarella; bake until bubbly, then sprinkle with sliced green onions before slicing into wedges. Or, for an innovative breakfast pizza, top with shredded Cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions.

    Potato Gnocchi Arrabbiata

    Tender gnocchi in rich, rustic sauce is a comforting dinner classic – especially when enjoyed during colder weather months. Arrabbiata is a fiery tomato-based pasta sauce so be sure to add chili pepper flakes – either simmered in the sauce or made available for sprinkling at the table.

    Romancing the Dessert Menu

    Understanding the psychology of the end of meal 4 ways to get your diners to end their meals on a sweet note.

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