As consumers continue to seek better-for-you menu options, and beef and pork prices continue to rise, foodservice operators are increasingly turning to turkey for its versatility, flavor and cost efficiency. Research shows that turkey usage has increased by 6% from 2012 to 2013, and more than 60% of operators who menu turkey agree that it can be used as an alternative for other proteins. With a variety of turkey products ranging from filets and medallions to ground turkey, Butterball Foodservice is helping chefs and operators create new and innovative menu solutions for all dayparts.
Turkey’s versatility allows it to be easily incorporated into nearly every type of cuisine, from American breakfast sandwiches to Italian pasta dinners. In addition, turkey plays well in a variety of current trends such as craft burgers, comfort foods and ethnic-inspired breakfasts. To help chefs meet demand for healthful, flavorful options, Butterball Foodservice has an array of recipes and menu ideas:
• Breakfast: Breakfast Turkey Sausage Croissant
• Lunch: Mesquite Smoked Turkey and Red Quinoa Sedona Salad
• Appetizer: Turkey Pick-Up Sticks
• Dinner: Spicy Turkey Rigatoni with Pomodoro Crudo
Richie Jenkins, Senior Director of Marketing at Butterball Foodservice, says, “With demands rising for healthful menu options coupled with the increasing cost of beef and pork, there’s never been a better time for turkey. From turkey burgers to filets, medallions, sausages and ground turkey, our products and menu solutions make it easier than ever for chefs and operators looking for cost-efficient ways to meet demand for delicious, healthy menu options.”