Whether you’re a food producer or restaurant chain, keeping up with food and flavor trends is a daily part of the job. After all, millennials are the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S. population, so predicting new, exotic flavors that they’ll love is crucial if you want to take advantage of their adventurous palates. This can often be difficult to accomplish on your own, however.
How do you know which flavors are trending? How do you ideate recipes that are feasible on a large scale? Isn’t it risky to deviate from “safe” products that you know will work? A custom food manufacturer (CFM) can answer all of these questions and more. If you’re looking for recipes that will inspire you, look no further than a CFM.
As McCormick indicates in its 2017 Flavor Forecast, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors are going to be big this year. Here are 10 recipes inspired by these trends that a custom food manufacturer can help you develop:
- Lamb and Chickpea Tacos: Inspired by a Middle Eastern breakfast hash, these tacos feature ground lamb, chickpeas, tomatoes, spinach and seasonings like cardamom, cumin and coriander.
- Eastern Mediterranean Minestrone: This hearty soup takes an iconic Italian soup and fuses it with Persian flavors and ingredients like spinach, noodles, beans and a medley of vegetables.
- Shakshuka-Style Sausage Pizza: Taking a cue from the classic Middle Eastern dish, this pizza features eggplant, sunny-side up eggs and sausage crumbles infused with iconic spices like smoked paprika, turmeric and cayenne.
- Baharat Beef Chili: Use the classic Middle Eastern spice mixture Baharat to take your chili to another level. This hearty dish features beans, ground beef crumbles, tomatoes and onions to complement the depth of Baharat.
- Mexican Grilled Chicken Flatbread: Give a standard appetizer Mexican influence by accompanying chicken flatbread with green olives and mole.
- Tangy Green Mojo: Take the vibrant Spanish sauce up a notch by pairing classic flavors like cumin, cilantro and parsley with a zing of sherry vinegar.
- Forbidden Wedding Soup: Give classic Italian wedding soup an Asian makeover by using forbidden rice instead of orzo and meatballs that have a hint of allspice and a broth infused with miso.
- Barberry Sauce: Turn the prized Persian fruit into a slow-cooked sauce that can be used for both savory and sweet dishes.
- Chorizo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Combine Spanish chorizo with Italian cheese and kale to give sweet potatoes a lift.
- North African Bolognese: Add ground cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and coriander to the classic Italian meat sauce and pour it over a North African staple like couscous.
These are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re looking to take your product formulation and recipe ideas to the next level, consider partnering with a custom food manufacturer today.