Kitchen

What Is Cooking a la Plancha?

cooking a la plancha

A la plancha is a type of cooking that is light, flavorful, intense, exceptionally fresh and generally regarded as healthy. Th e secret is la plancha which translates to “the griddle.” Unlike the stainless steel 350°F griddles we use in American kitchens, the plancha is usually much hotter (450°F+) wood or charcoal fired, and can be made of carbon steel, ...

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How to Build the Perfect Crostini

Crostini is limited only by your imagination. Seafood, such as sardines or smoked trout, makes for a great topping. For more meaty flavor use pâté or cured meats. Many great crostini are vegetarian, made with hearty ingredients like tapenade, beans, capers, and both fresh and dried produce. Crostini is also great for dessert. As savory crostini is an excellent way ...

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Getting Creative with Crostini

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Though serving bread topped with food items has been a staple dish for millennia and crostini has been an essential appetizer for years, the dish is having a bit of a revival. Crostini have become a must-have item on many trendy restaurant menus with endless creative applications. They are served in the traditional way on toasted bread with olive oil, ...

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Build A Better Burger – Topping Tips

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Caramelized onions and mushrooms used to be the gourmet options available but even those are ordinary by today’s standards and expectations. Restaurant operators are getting creative with toppings, from jams to pickles. Topping Tips • Avocado, whether on its own or in guacamole form, is a popular choice. It offers some healthy fat too, so that’s a bonus for those ...

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Build a Better Burger – Craveable Condiments

Restaurants can differentiate themselves and their menu offerings with a variety of quality and unique condiments. Ketchup, mustard and mayo have long been standard fare to enhance burgers, but these condiments are getting a makeover with new flavor profiles. Take ketchup for example: this staple has been updated with unusual twists, such as smoky and spicy. It doesn’t even have ...

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Build a Better Burger

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Food trends may come and go, but a burger never goes out of style. If anything, it has become more sophisticated over the years – and love for it among guests hasn’t faded. Th e burger’s popularity is in part thanks to increased availability and variety of high-quality customization options, which are particularly appealing to younger generations like Millennials. Even ...

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A Look at Food Trends

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COCONUT CRAZE The popularity of coconut has continued with mentions on menus growing 2.9% year-over-year. Customers love it for its nutritional value and natural, tropical flavor. Applications: • Sear, sauté and pan-fry proteins such as fish and vegetables in coconut oil to give dishes a tropical spin. • Use coconut milk to braise shellfish such as clams and mussels and ...

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Building A Brunch With Kitchen Tech

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Incorporating kitchen tech isn’t just for high-end restaurants and chains. It’s becoming increasingly important for the independent operator. Restaurant owners need to assess mainstream technology and determine the role it could play in the products they make and the for labor costs to produce. In the last issue of Maines, we discussed how kitchen tech like induction, sous vide, and ...

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