Deli favorites: there are a handful of flavor fundamentals | Flavor & The Menu

By April 3, 2020Flavour trends
Use latkes as a base to layer flavor and move this deli icon into a starring ingredient role.

By Rob Corliss

When it comes to deli favorites, there are a handful of flavor fundamentals. The seasonings, spreads and schmears that elevate deli go-tos are versatile culinary tools that provide chefs with a depth of new menu inspiration. Put these four deli flavor pillars to work as fresh complements to a range of items across the menu.

1 PASTRAMI SEASONING

Look beyond beef brisket and spice up other categories:

  • Gravlax, tuna, shrimp
  • Bacon, cured meats
  • Pork, poultry, game, burgers
  • Mushrooms, eggplant

2 EVERYTHING BAGEL SEASONING

Lend an aromatic punch to a wider variety of formats:

  • Fries, chips, potatoes
  • Pizzas, flatbreads
  • Fish, seafood, eggs, vegetables
  • Coleslaw, potato salad, hummus, soups

3 YELLOW AND GRAIN MUSTARDS

Get a boost from the infusion of new flavors:

  • Tarragon and golden beet
  • Porter and dried cherry
  • Sun-dried tomato and Urfa chile
  • Smoked carrot and sumac

4 CREAM CHEESE

Give the classic schmear a modern touch with the addition of bold blends:

  • ’Nduja and capers
  • Pistachio butter and dates
  • Pickled fennel and glazed lemon peel
  • Apple butter and garam masala

Source: Pantry Powerhouses – Flavor & The Menu