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Potato Lovers Month

Feb 24, 2017

Did you know?

  • After wheat, rice and corn, potatoes are the fourth most important crop in the world and require less water to grow in comparison to the top three.
  • In 1952, Mr. Potato Head was born and was the first toy advertised on television.
  • More 50’s potato trivia – instant mashed potatoes (dehydrated, just add milk) were commercially introduced in 1955.

Potatoes have come a long way since instant mash potatoes. Today’s chefs are innovating their menu, working with all the current varieties (e.g., red potatoes, fingerling, etc.), and experimenting with their flavor potential utilizing different cooking techniques like roasting, smoking, frying, smashing, etc. However, some chefs have gone retro, thus tots have made a comeback. They are now the second most used frozen potato product in foodservice; Datassential reports their menu penetration has doubled in the past four years.

Looking for potato innovation? Just visit the recipe section on our website and type in the keyword “potatoes”. Given that February is National Potato Lovers Month (designated by the Idaho Potato Commission) and National Hot Breakfast Month, which I wrote about earlier in the month, I thought I would share some innovative menu concepts that address both potatoes and breakfast – our innovative breakfast skillets. Two concepts that I recommend you check out are our Latin Citrus Chili Fajita Style Scrambled Egg Skillet and Mediterranean Style Breakfast Skillet with Harissa. Breakfast skillets are high margin and a great deal for your guest. 

Do you have any innovative potato recipes that you would like to share? Feel free to contact our Culinary Team here in Lombard.


Joe Beitzel

Joe Beitzel
Director of Channel Marketing
Custom Culinary, Inc.

Comments (1)

Great Article. I'm currently developing an entire line of potato waffles from breakfast, savory and sweet. Hopefully it can become a station in a college cafeteria.
- Harold

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