Sure, we all love traditional Thanksgiving fare: Turkey, stuffing, gravy and all the trimmings. But, after having spent days (probably even weeks) preparing for your restaurant’s Thanksgiving day service…It leaves only one question for the days that follow: What to do with all the leftovers?
Since traditional Thanksgiving dishes last days in the refrigerator and months in the freezer (for example, cooked turkey meat lasts 3 to 4 days if refrigerated, and 2 to 6 months if frozen; check Food Safety.gov for more food storage specs), start thinking now about how to make the most of your restaurant’s Thanksgiving leftovers. Let our VSAG team of creative food consultants offer some unique and innovative menu development inspiration.
Ever try light and fluffy sweet potato pancakes topped with sweet and tangy cranberry maple syrup or savory griddle cakes made with ham, turkey and stuffing with a cranberry mayonnaise aioli drizzle? Or how about featuring roasted turkey on ciabatta bread with fresh arugula, Gruyere cheese and honey mustard dressing as a lunch special? Or for your dinner service, hearty turkey potpie ravioli or turkey potpie stew?
The ideas are boundless, if you are willing to think out of the box.
Your guests will love your ingenuity. It sends a message that your restaurant is willing to go the extra mile to keep your food fresh, flavorful and fun. And it will keep them coming back for more. Another plus: Your accounting team will thank you once they see how much you have saved the bottom line with your creative culinary talents!