From Side to Star
Creating versatile dishes with Mashed Potatoes
American’s love classic mashed potatoes, but they also love updates on the traditional dish that incorporates new and exciting flavor combinations to create something novel. Mashed potatoes lend themselves to customization because they provide the perfect base for building new dishes. Operators are leading the way by moving potatoes from the side of the plate to the center, incorporating proteins and other ingredients to create a complete meal. Potato cakes featuring ingredients like braised short rib or smoked salmon can provide a foundation for things like roasted vegetables, braised greens, or even poached eggs. Mashed potatoes are perfect for the trend of selling complete meals in a bowl, featuring stir-in ingredients like cheese, vegetables, and proteins. While operators are full of great ideas for creating custom mashed potatoes dishes, customers know what they want as well. Mashed potatoes are an awesome opportunity to let them create their own custom meal, from a build-you-own bowl concept to innovative mashed potatoes bars. With so many ways to make mashed potatoes exciting, it’s time to move them off the sidelines and make them the star of the table!