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Volume 4 | Issue 02

February 8, 2018

Umami Bomb


SPOTLIGHT

Harness the power of umami to create menu items that are savory, craveable and rich in complex flavor. Commonly referred to as the fifth taste, umami describes the mouthwatering “meaty” quality of such ingredients as aged cheeses, roasted tomatoes and mushrooms, miso, soy and fish sauce. The flavors we perceive as umami indicate the presence of glutamates (amino acids) and ribonucleotides in that particular ingredient. While low levels of these compounds occur naturally in many raw foods, cooking techniques that break down proteins and glutamic acid intensify the effect of umami. And because umami counterbalances saltiness, operators can incorporate umami-packed ingredients as a way to create healthy, delicious dishes that are lower in sodium and calories.



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Sun-dried tomatoes. Roasted mushrooms. Bacon and onion jam. These are just some of the ingredients that bring the “wow” factor of umami to dishes across your menu. Get inspired with our on-trend recipes!


RECIPES FEATURING
CUSTOM CULINARY® BRANDED PRODUCTS


Cheese Tortellini with Prosciutto Alfredo Pesto
Bold flavors shine in this creamy pasta dish, bringing an unexpected element of sun-dried tomato pesto to the forefront.
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Bacon, Onion and Fig Croque-monsieur
This take on the classic French sandwich showcases our versatile Gold Label Bacon Onion Marmalade.​
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Garlic Grana Padano Chicken Wings
Put an elegant spin on the game-day staple with these seasoned grilled chicken wings.
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Pulled Pork and Bacon Waffles with Wild Mushroom Red Eye Gravy
Capitalize on the savory waffle trend with this unique breakfast or brunch dish.
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MENU INSPIRATION FEATURING
CUSTOM CULINARY® PROPRIETARY PRODUCTS


Roasted Gochujang Wings
Double-fried chicken wings are dressed in savory, spicy Custom Culinary® Gochujang and Yellow Miso Sauce and topped with fried sliced garlic and green onion. Served with additional gochujang-miso sauce for dipping.

Pasta Puttanesca
Al dente spaghetti tossed in a rich Custom Culinary® Tomato and Kalamata Olive Jam, finished with freshly ground black pepper and grated Parmesan.

Savory Porchetta Sandwich
Pork belly rubbed in Custom Culinary® Black Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar Glaze and herbs, then rolled, roasted and thickly sliced, served on toasted ciabatta with shaved ricotta salata, sautéed broccolini and a cherry mostarda.

Pork Bolognese Flatbread
Herb-brined pork shoulder, braised in Alfredo sauce, then pulled and piled on crispy flatbread with fresh fennel, roasted grapes, chopped Italian parsley. Finished with a Custom Culinary® Black Truffle and Honey drizzle.


CUSTOM CULINARY® FEATURED PRODUCTS


From rich stew and soup bases to distinctive condiments, our products help you bring the mouthwatering flavors of the Lowcountry to the menu with ease.

PROPRIETARY PRODUCTS*

  • Black Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
  • Kalamata Olive and Tomato Jam
  • Gochujang and Yellow Miso Sauce
  • Black Truffle and Honey Spread
  • Sweet Corn and Parmesan Spoonbread 
*Products are customized; please contact your Custom Culinary® representative for more information.

CUSTOM CULINARY® NEWS



 

Chef Talk

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WHERE INSIGHTS BECOME INSPIRATION
FlavorIQ® enables our customers' growth and success by approaching the creation of customized solutions with a bold mix of expertise, aspiration and curiosity. We develop unique products, menu concepts and "gold standard" flavor delivery systems, meeting the requirements of our customers today and anticipating their emerging needs, too. The opportunities we identify for operators and food manufacturers on a global scale are rooted in a deep understanding of the culinary arts, sensory science, consumer insights and food science. Our ultimate goal? Innovation without limits.