As a chef, your creativity knows no bounds when it comes to crafting unique and unforgettable dishes. To help you take your culinary creations to the next level, we’ve gathered a selection of ingredients from What Chefs Want and shared some ideas to help you think of these ingredients in a new way. Let’s explore how you can incorporate these exceptional ingredients into your menu to inspire and delight your customers while discovering their unique qualities.
16 oz. Bone-in Kansas City Strip (Item #05573)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Savory Bone Marrow Butter”
Let’s begin with the 16 oz. Bone-in Kansas City Strip, a prime cut that boasts unparalleled tenderness and taste. Aged to perfection for an average of 28 days, this steak offers a depth of flavor that’s revered by chefs worldwide. What sets it apart is the bone, which remains intact, infusing the meat with a richer, deeper flavor cherished by steak lovers everywhere.
To celebrate this exceptional steak, try creating a “Savory Bone Marrow Butter.” Roast the bone until the marrow is rich and luscious, then whip it into softened butter, adding fresh herbs and a touch of lemon zest for brightness. Serve a dollop on top of a perfectly grilled Kansas City Strip to elevate the flavor profile and provide a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
Laguna Blanca Salmon Fillet (COMING SOON!)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Patagonian Salmon Crostini with Avocado Cream”
Our next stop takes us to Region XII Magallanes in Patagonia, where the Laguna Blanca Salmon Fillet hails from. This antibiotic-free salmon stands out for its eco-friendliness, produced with notably less impact on the wild fish population, and is BAP and ASC certified. The Laguna Blanca salmon is raised on an algae diet which ensures it is a rich source of omega-3s, making it not only delicious but also healthy. This salmon offers exceptional quality for its price.
To showcase the unique qualities of this salmon, consider preparing “Patagonian Salmon Crostini with Avocado Cream.” Start by gently searing thin slices of the salmon fillet to highlight its buttery texture. Then, serve the salmon atop crostini spread with a silky avocado cream, garnished with microgreens and a drizzle of lemon-infused olive oil. This elegant and fresh dish highlights the salmon’s impeccable quality and its eco-friendly origin, making it a delightful addition to your menu.
8oz Creekstone Burger Patties (Item #00258)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Balsamic Glazed Bacon Burger”
Our culinary adventure now turns to the 8oz Creekstone Burger Patties. These all-natural patties come from humanely-raised, vegetarian-fed cattle, and they are free from antibiotics, hormones, additives, and artificial ingredients. What sets them apart beyond just the quality of the beef, is the high-tech patty machine we use in-house to create the patties, which guarantees a tender, handcrafted bite every time.
To create a gourmet burger experience, try a “Balsamic Glazed Bacon Burger.” Brush these all-natural patties with a balsamic glaze while grilling, then top them with crispy bacon, caramelized onions, and creamy goat cheese. Serve on a toasted brioche bun for a burger that’s a testament to quality and craftsmanship.
16 oz. Centercut Pork Loin Chop (Item #05680)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Porterhouse Pork with Apple Chutney”
Our next destination is the 16 oz. Centercut Pork Loin Chop. This exquisite cut captivates guests with its presentation while remaining affordable. The center-cut porterhouse blends loin and tenderloin for an elevated dining experience. Expertly carved in-house daily, this chop promises both luxury and value.
To create a conversation starter on your menu, prepare “Porterhouse Pork with Apple Chutney.” Grill the center-cut pork loin chop to perfection and serve it with a side of homemade apple chutney. The sweet and tangy chutney complements the savory pork, creating a delightful contrast of flavors that makes your guests feel they’re dining at a five-star establishment.
Red Grouper, Skin-on Fillet (Item #48046)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Citrus-Herb Grouper en Papillote”
Our journey now takes us to the world of seafood with the Red Grouper, Skin-on Fillet. This fillet is part of our Boat Direct Program, which champions small fishermen and ensures a 48-hour delivery from catch to you. Managed sustainably against overfishing, it’s heralded as a ‘Good Alternative’ by Seafood Watch.
To make the most of this clean-eating fish, try “Citrus-Herb Grouper en Papillote.” Wrap the red grouper fillet in parchment paper with slices of citrus, fresh herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. Steam it to perfection, allowing the flavors to meld inside the pouch. The result is a clean, flavorful, and visually stunning dish that showcases the grouper’s delicate taste.
Shrimp 16/20 PD Tail-on (Item #48642)
Unique Preparation Idea: “Saffron and Garlic Shrimp Risotto”
Our final destination is the Shrimp 16/20 PD Tail-on, peeled and deveined to retain their elegant tails. These raw shrimp are known for their versatility, consistently delighting guests across a range of dishes.
To showcase these shrimp, consider preparing a “Saffron and Garlic Shrimp Risotto.” Incorporate the succulent shrimp into a creamy saffron and garlic risotto. The shrimp’s natural sweetness and elegant presentation with tails intact will impress your diners, making this dish a standout on your menu.