At a time when consumers are leaning into plant-forward dishes and favoring healthy foods that are high in flavor, the Mediterranean options on your menu can be reliable alternatives. They’re easier on the budget and can be recreated with different shelf-stable ingredients. They also leave room for customization with animal proteins or your own creative twists.
Is there anything a chickpea cannot do? Use them in their pure form in hummus or blend them with onions, garlic and spices for nutritious plant-based burger patties. They’re even taking the guilt out of pasta dishes: Try chickpea pasta as a high-fiber, high-protein, low-glycemic, gluten-free substitute for the traditional version.
What are the holidays without comfort food? If you’re looking for something that brings savory and slightly sweet tastes to your breakfast menu, consider the sausage kolache (or klobasnek, according to its Czech roots). A mainstay in parts of Texas, the sausage kolache is a pillowy, mildly sweet dough filled with sausage and cheese. In the Czech Republic, kolaches can be filled with various combinations of fruit, cheese and other ingredients.
If your guests enjoy Mediterranean flavors and diets, consider adding up-and-coming condiments like ajvar to your menu. Ajvar (pronounced eye-var) is a red-pepper and oil-based condiment from the Balkans that is just beginning to appear beyond Balkan restaurants, Flavor & the Menu reports. It works well as a marinade for skewers or as a dip option when paired with bread in a shareable appetizer platter, and its color and aroma can help to bring appealing and accessible global flavor to a menu.