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3 Easy Steps for Planning Your Holiday Menus

3 Easy Steps for Planning Your Holiday Menus

We’re headed into the home stretch of menu planning for holiday parties, dinners, and catering. Butterball® Farms has been helping make holiday meals memorable for decades at America’s top fine dining restaurants. Here are some tips for making your holiday menus a success.

1. Brown Butters Are Trend Worthy and Can Be Used in Multiple Applications

Fall and winter are the perfect time for the rich, nutty flavor that brown butter brings to sauces, desserts, glazes, and even flavoring for hot beverages. Create a magical toasty flavor by heating regular butter long enough to toast the milk solids a tiny bit past the melting point. Below are a few examples of how restaurant operators are using brown butter on their menus.

Main lobster tail, jumbo shrimp skewer and fresh Atlantic salmon finished with a brown butter sauce from Red Lobster.
Main lobster tail, jumbo shrimp skewer and fresh Atlantic salmon finished with a brown butter sauce from Red Lobster.
Pineapple Brown Butter Cake at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
Pineapple Brown Butter Cake at McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

Another trick is to skip some of the hassle of melting batches of butter with Butterball Farms Quik-Creations® Butter Sauce Bases.  Would you like to request a sample?

2. Unique Shapes. Crave-Worthy Flavors.

The new Honey Butter Hive combines its unique shape with the flavor of honey + cinnamon sugar.
The new Honey Butter Hive combines its unique shape with the flavor of honey + cinnamon sugar.

The flavors of honey and cinnamon sugar simply evoke comfort and indulgence. The Honey Butter Hive melts perfectly atop breakfast breads, pancakes, or waffles as well as a baked sweet potato at lunch or a casserole for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Ideal for member-guest or corporate dinners, the Honey Butter Hive’s unique shape is a value-add that fits Butterball Farms’ core strength in delivering a memorable occasion. The combination of trending flavors and one-of-a-kind plates that you will create will score well with your guests.

Be our guest and order a free sample today! Don’t have a sweet tooth? Check out some of our other shaped salted or unsalted butters and see how our shaped butters can elevate your menu.

3. Warm Their Hearts with Soups This Season 

Special soups are a holiday menu essential.
Special soups are a holiday menu essential.

Few menu items soothe and satisfy like a hot bowl of soup when it’s cold outside. In fact, Datassential says that 80% of consumers find soup appealing. Trending this fall are soups with a global inspiration. The research company reports that Millennial consumers are into Thai and Asian stews, while Gen X and Boomers love the classic veggie-forward soups and chili.

As for trending proteins for heartier soups and stews, look at pork belly +95% in the past four years on menus, followed by brisket +61% and pulled pork +34%.

Here’s where the time and labor-saving benefit of Quik-Creations® Butter Sauce Bases can offer a richer and creamier taste experience.

Few ingredients add value to holiday menus than butter for flavor and mouth feel. From the shape of your butter next to the bread or biscuits, to the labor-saving benefits of our butter sauces, you can imagine your holiday menu being even better this holiday season by choosing Butterball Farms. Discover your own butter solution by requesting your free sample now.