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Emerald Eats: St. Patrick’s Day Menu Magic

By | Breads, Grilling Essentials, Holiday, Meats, Produce, Seafood, Vegetables

As we fly through the month of February, we are already looking forward to spring menus (and spring weather)! Spring brings with it the vibrant greens of St. Patrick’s Day, a time when tales of leprechauns and pots of gold fill the air. But amidst the green festivities lies a treasure more valuable than any mythical riches at the end of a rainbow: Irish food. It’s hearty, comforting, and steeped in tradition, offering a taste of Ireland’s rich culinary heritage. At What Chefs Want, we’re helping you take those traditional flavors and bring them to the next level on your menu with our carefully curated ingredients. Sláinte!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Traditional Recipe: Slow-cooked corned beef brisket, traditionally cured in a brine of salt, sugar, and pickling spices, resulting in tender, flavorful meat. Served alongside cabbage, potatoes, and carrots that have absorbed the savory juices of the beef during cooking, creating a comforting and satisfying meal.

Update it! Sous vide corned beef brisket served with charred cabbage puree, roasted baby potatoes, and pickled mustard seeds for a modern twist on a classic favorite.

  • Corned Beef Brisket (raw) – item #00592
  • Green Cabbage – item #20296

Irish Lamb Pies (Dingle Pies)

Traditional Recipe: Dingle Pies, named after the picturesque town of Dingle in County Kerry, are hearty individual pies filled with succulent lamb, potatoes, onions, and a medley of aromatic herbs. Encased in flaky pastry crusts, these pies are a beloved staple of Irish pub fare, offering warmth and sustenance on chilly evenings.

Update it! Individual lamb pies featuring braised lamb shoulder in a rich Guinness gravy, topped with buttery puff pastry and served with a side of minted pea puree.

For more info on Freedom Run Farms lamb check out their feature in our blog.

  • Freedom Run Farms Lamb Shoulder – item #62502
  • Puff Pastry dough – item #03734
  • Onions – peeled white pearl – item #70915

Grilled Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary

Traditional Recipe: A leg of lamb marinated with minced garlic, fresh rosemary, olive oil, and lemon juice, infusing the meat with vibrant flavors before being grilled to perfection. The smoky char from the grill enhances the natural sweetness of the lamb, resulting in tender, juicy slices that are perfect for a celebratory meal.

Update it! Herb-crusted grilled leg of lamb served with a balsamic reduction, accompanied by roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach for a sophisticated take on a classic dish.

  • Freedom Run Farms Lamb Leg – item #62504

Irish Potato Boxty

Traditional Recipe: Potato boxty, also known as “Poor Man’s Bread,” is a simple yet satisfying dish made from grated potatoes, flour, baking soda, and buttermilk. Pan-fried until golden brown and crispy on the outside, with a soft, pillowy interior, potato boxty is a versatile staple of Irish cuisine, enjoyed as a side dish or main course.

Update it! Potato boxty filled with creamy Irish cheddar cheese and chives, served with a dollop of sour cream and house-made apple chutney for a gourmet twist on this beloved Irish comfort food.

  • White potatoes – item #60099

Irish Brown Bread

Traditional Recipe: Irish brown bread, affectionately known as “soda bread,” is a rustic loaf made from wholemeal flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Its dense, hearty texture and nutty flavor make it the perfect accompaniment to soups, stews, and hearty Irish breakfasts, slathered with butter and topped with a dollop of jam.

Update it! Seeded Irish brown bread featuring a blend of ancient grains and artisanal flours, served warm with whipped Guinness butter and a drizzle of honey for a sophisticated bread course.

  • Beurremont Butter – 83% butter fat – item #93073

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

Traditional Recipe: A classic combination of leeks, potatoes, onions, and chicken or vegetable broth, simmered until tender and blended to silky perfection. Cream is often added to lend richness and depth to the soup, while a sprinkle of fresh chives or parsley adds a burst of freshness before serving.

Update it: Silky leek and potato soup garnished with crispy pancetta, chive oil, and truffle-infused crème fraîche for a luxurious starter that tantalizes the taste buds.

  • Leeks – item #70200
  • Tiny Leeks – item #02709 (pre-order item)

Smoked Salmon Toasts with Mustard Butter

Traditional Recipe: Thinly sliced smoked salmon served atop slices of buttered brown bread, with a generous smear of creamy mustard butter for added flavor. The tangy mustard butter complements the smoky richness of the salmon, while a squeeze of lemon brightens the dish with a burst of citrusy freshness.

Update it: House-smoked salmon served on toasted Irish soda bread rounds, topped with stone ground mustard butter, pickled red onions, and microgreens for an elegant appetizer with layers of flavor and texture.

  • Bakkafrost Salmon – item #32828
  • Shuckman’s Smoked Salmon – item #95053
  • Whole grain mustard – item #95107

Irish Lamb and Turnip Stew

Traditional Recipe: A hearty stew featuring tender pieces of lamb shoulder, turnips, carrots, and pearl onions simmered in a savory broth flavored with thyme, bay leaves, and a splash of stout or red wine. Slow-cooked until the meat is fall-apart tender and the vegetables are meltingly soft, this stew is the epitome of comfort food on a chilly evening.

Update it: Slow-braised Irish lamb and turnip stew featuring sous vide lamb shoulder, heirloom turnips, and baby carrots, finished with a drizzle of rosemary-infused olive oil and a sprinkle of gremolata for a refined twist on a rustic favorite.

  • Turnips – item #20543
  • Tiny Turnips – item #02362 (pre-order item)
  • Freedom Run Farms Lamb Shoulder – item #62502

By celebrating the Irish culture with food, we gain a deeper appreciation for the flavors, techniques, and cultural significance that have shaped Ireland’s culinary heritage. These timeless dishes offer a taste of history and tradition, while giving chefs the opportunity to make them their own!

* Some featured items may not be available in all regions. Please contact your customer advocate for substitutions or new menu ideas.

Item of the Day:  Frothy Monkey Whole Wheat Bagels

By | Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Coffee, Coffee Shop, Item of the Day, Organic, What Chefs Want

Frothy Monkey Whole Wheat Bagels

Frothy Monkey has been a staple in the Nashville community since 2004. You can count on Frothy to deliver quality, creativity, and approachability in everything they create whether it be in one of their cafes, at their coffee roastery, or their bakery. Their relationships with farmers and others who care about where ingredients come from is at the center of who they are.

In true Frothy Monkey fashion, their bagels are made from simple, thoughtfully-sourced ingredients. Each bagel requires a three day process to achieve artisan perfection, and they use their Sourdough starter to yield a rich and deep flavor profile with a pleasant, lingering finish.

Frothy Monkey bagels have the perfect balance of flavor and texture. A Frothy Monkey bagel is delicious on its own, or served up toasted with cream cheese. With their soft, chewy texture and fantastic crust they also make a tasty sandwich even better.


Item 10569 – 12/6ct  Case   

*Not available in all regions – see website or app for more information.

Item of the Day: Alfresco Frozen Pizza Dough

By | Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Gourmet, Item of the Day, Local, What Chefs Want

Alfresco Frozen Pizza Dough

From Alfresco: “We use only the best, hand-picked ingredients, perfected recipes, detailed processes and customized, handcrafted Italian pasta machines to make our pasta. We hold our products, people and facilities to the highest standards for safety, consistency, performance and taste.”

Alfresco Pasta uses only unbleached, naturally aged flour in our recipes. The unbleached flour has a rougher texture, and a darker color. The natural aging helps develop the gluten and produce a better pizza crust.

TO USE: 

1. Thaw dough slowly in refrigerator before use. This process is called ”cold fermentation”, and we recommend 3-5 days at 38-42 degrees F for the perfect crust, although 24 -48 hours will work fine. This gives the yeast time to react with the sugars and produce very good gluten structure as well as a delicious flavor. Keep in mind fermentation that goes beyond 5 days is not ideal, as your dough will begin losing its ability to rise properly.

2. Remove dough from refrigerator and proof at room temperature or in a proof box until dough rises. Dough can be proofed in the morning for lunch service, and early afternoon for dinner service.

3. Roll Dough to order, score with a dough docker if needed and bake immediately.

4. We recommend rolling the crust thin, but a medium to thick crust will yield good results as well. 5. Adjust your oven temp accordingly until you achieve a crispy outer crust, with a pillow-like, chewy interior.


 Item 90708 – 28x2oz Case


Item of the Day: Rotella Sliced Brioche Bun

By | Breads, Chef's Feed, Item of the Day, What Chefs Want

Rotella Sliced Brioche Bun

Features: Dark crust and yellow crumb give this sweet and buttery bun a gourmet appearance to match its flavor. Excellent for premium burgers and sandwiches.

Preparation and Cooking: Ready to Eat – At Room Temperature, open and serve. For crusty or hot, bake in preheated oven at 400 Degrees for 3-5 minutes.

Storage: Case items contain plastic bag packages. Keep FROZEN at -15 to -5 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 180 days. Thawed product should be kept at room temperature.

Item 14618 – 4.25 Sliced Bun 6/8 CT Case 

Item of the Day: Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

By | Appetizers, Baking, Breads, Chef's Feed, Gluten Free, Gourmet, Grilling Essentials, Hors d'oeuvre, Item of the Day, Products, What Chefs Want

Gourmet Gluten Free Buns

Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns are dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free – so you can feel good about this gourmet favorite. Customers won’t have to skip the bun again! These soft, golden buns are perfect for to have on hand for grilling season. 

Item 90719 – 32CT Case

https://www.udisglutenfree.com/breads/classic-hamburger-buns

Item of the Day: Lahvosh Crackerbread

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Lahvosh Crackerbread

This Valley Lahvosh Original Armenian Sesame Seed Bread is made from wholesome ingredients and carefully baked to a delicate, crisp texture. It tastes delicious with fine wines, cheese plates and spreads. This Armenian cracker bread, 15.75 oz, has no artificial flavors or preservatives. It is also an ideal pairing with dips, soups, salads and entrees. Enjoy it at room temperature or heat it up in the oven before serving.

Item 04684 – 7/3 ct. case

Item of the Day: Martin’s 4″ Potato Rolls

By | Breads, Chef's Feed, Gourmet, What Chefs Want

Martin’s has been setting the gold standard for potato rolls since the introduction of Martin’s Famous Sandwich Potato Rolls first at farmers markets and later in grocery stores. The sweet buttery taste, soft texture, and distinctive golden color made them an instant favorite! These are the rolls that have helped many chefs and restaurants win top honors in burger contests all over the country!
Although known to be the perfect bun for hamburgers, Martin’s Famous Sandwich Potato Rolls, made with only high quality ingredients, are perfect for any sandwich that you want to make a winner or “Famous”!

Item 23995 – 4/12 ct. case