Feeling the urge to get out and explore? It’s not just you. For the past several years, the general population has been stationary, stuck in routine and understandably itching for adventure. But rather than paying for a pricey airline ticket and tracking down lodging that isn’t booked up, many are seeking an exotic getaway in a more familiar place: at the table.1
Every day, more diners are heading to restaurants to travel through their tastebuds as a way of exploring new cultures while indulging on unique foods.2 With so many looking for menus that deliver this experience, any operator should consider jumping on this opportunity.
“Global cuisine has maybe never been more popular than it is right now,” says Hormel Foods Executive Chef Tony Finnestad. “It’s a way for people to travel throughout the world without actually having to travel.”
Watch How to Create Global Dishes with Chef Tony
Global Dishes Can Be Easy
The good news is that you don’t have to rely on a pantry full of rare, imported ingredients. Just one prepared element can be the anchor to your recipes as your menu voyages around the world.
Since most dishes have a protein, the meat is a great place to start. Try proteins that come prepared in Hispanic, Hawaiian, Indian and Italian styles for a bit of tasty yet unexpected flair.
And just because certain flavors are culturally specific doesn’t mean they’re limiting. With a little creativity, you can use them well beyond their traditional dishes. Chicken Tikka Masala is commonly served with rice, but becomes delightfully surprising when layered across flatbreads, on appetizer crostini or over fries as an Indian-influenced poutine.
Try these styles of chicken, pork and beef to bring that sense of travel to your plates and excited customers to your tables.
The name of this Latin American ingredient translates to “little meats,” but the taste can make a big impression. Pork or chicken is marinated with garlic and citrus flavors, and slow cooked for tenderness.
Pigs in a Blanket
Jalapeño cornbread cakes topped with crispy CAFÉ H® Pork Carnitas, goat cheese, fig vinaigrette and blue cheese-apple slaw.
Crispy tortilla chips covered in charred salsa rojo, queso fresco, fresh chopped cilantro and green chile queso, finished with poached eggs and CAFÉ H® Chicken Carnitas.
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