Below are some unexpected ideas to transform traditional favorites into modernized menu items.
- To further up the freshness factor and reduce protein portions, serve with a side of leafy greens, such as a simple spinach salad with candied pecans, gorgonzola, and a sherry-shallot vinaigrette.
- Serve individual turkey meatloaves with wild mushrooms and rosemary alongside a cranberry couscous salad.
- Treat guests to vegetable or seafood lasagna made with homemade pasta or ricotta.
- Spice up a winter evening with a white chicken chili that incorporates jalapenos, white beans and roasted garlic.
- Slow-cook pot roast with pearl onions, Swiss chard, and sweet potatoes or herb dumplings.
- Cash in on the Asian fusion trend by making a chicken noodle soup that resembles a Vietnamese Pho Ga. Use vermicelli for the noodles and don’t forget the fresh ginger, bean sprouts, chili, lime, and basil. Or try a Baja version topped with avocado and sour cream.
- Satisfy customers with a savory stroganoff made with portobellos and green beans, Greek yogurt, shallots, white wine, and dill.
- Ladle out a delicious beef stew by combining sirloin, beef stock, red wine, and stout for a flavorful broth. Then freshen up with water chestnuts, diced tomatoes, parsley, and baby corn. Serve in a broad, shallow bowl.
- Serve homemade ice creams or yogurts in unexpected flavors such as green tea, lavender, or Chilean chocolate with a hint of chili powder. Top with fruit or sprig of fresh herb.