2013 has been proclaimed the Year of the Toasted Breads! Why, you may ask? Part of the upswing the popularity of toasted breads (and consequently, commercial toasters) has to do with a rising popularity in snacks and tapas featured more prominently on menus. Stemming from a desire to appeal to a restaurant-going population that wishes to remain economical when dining out, more restaurants have begun incorporating “bar food”, snacks, and tapas into their all-day menus, often for prices under $5.
So, what kinds of dishes incorporate toasted bread that you can make using commercial toasters? A whole variety, as it turns out. You are hardly limited to a basic slice of toast. There are toasted bread samplers, which allow you to utilize your commercial toasters and explore the different textures and tastes of various breads while pairing them with different spreads or toppings. Similarly, the “bread board” is gaining popularity as well, which includes not only toasted sliced breads, but also rolls and crostinis as well. These may be offered as appetizers or as bar food-style snacks to share.
As with any trend, the important thing to do when tapping into a new food style is to separate your dishes from the growing fad by utilizing unique flavors and new ideas. The beauty of the toasted bread sampler is that it allows a restaurant to put its own spin on the dish, customizing it to the overall theme of the restaurant’s food. The toppings you choose may be as tame and sweet as a flavorful house-made jam or spiced butter, or as filling and savory as slices of beef tartare or cured salmon. However you choose to use your commercial toasters to make toasted breads this year, be sure that you can contribute something new to the trend. Furthermore, it may be wise to change out the ingredients you pair with your breads from your commercial toasters from time to time. This variety will bring patrons back to try your new menu items, turning a fad into an innovation for your restaurant.
To find the right commercial toasters for your restaurant’s needs, check out ShortOrder’s restaurant equipment today and begin experimenting with toasted breads in your own commercial toasters!