As a chef, you naturally look out to serve hot new ingredients to keep the menu current. But, don't forget seemingly boring food items! By thinking differently, they can add the fun to a menu and have patrons coming back for more.

  • Popcorn - Popcorn has always been a cheap go-to snack for many at the movies. The humble kernel when puffed, can give your dishes an edge. It can add texture and flavour to a salad or can be served in a place of bread and butter when spiced with sciracha.
  • Peanut Butter - We know this one isn't new to many a menu, but adding peanut butter to a dessert can be any easy win with diners. You could even look at adding a peanut butter twist to your slaw, tossing it through some cabbage with red wine vinegar, sugar, vegetable oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Brussels sprouts - These leafy green vegetables when baked with a bit of oil, salt and pepper, can be crispy and delicious - nothing like when you were forced to have them as a child. Serve as a side dish, and you will be surprised by how many adults and kids learn to like them for the first time.
  • Fried Chicken - Fried chicken is now not only available via drive thru with diners visiting upmarket restaurants for a basket of this battered and fried dish. Classic is the best, so you will need nothing more than some chicken, buttermilk, flour, oil, salt and pepper.

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