Canadians live life on-the-go and finding the time to eat three meals a day can be tough. As a result, traditional mealtimes are blurring together1, and consumers are eating about two-thirds of their food between meals2. So how can restaurants cater to these changing eating habits?
One easy place to start is to look at the menu. Consider resizing main course menu items to offer smaller portions. Look at how menu items are positioned and consider a call-out box or feature card highlighting snacking friendly options. And, add new or update existing menu items to include popular snacking ingredients such as cheese which is one of the fastest growing categories when it comes to snacks3.
Saputo Foodservice offers a vast array of cheeses and dairy products to inspire a range of delectable snacking menu items and meet the business needs of all types of restaurants.
Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese Dip
Versatile and fast to prepare, dips are a great addition to any dine-in or take-out snacking menu. And, they’re even easier to make with cheese. Saputo Ricotta and Parmesan cheese petals are the perfect ingredients to create a creamy dip that pairs well with everything from crackers to tomatoes and more.
Fried Bocconcini Cheese Bites
Easy to use, Bocconcini cheese pairs well with almost any ingredient. It adds a unique and refreshing touch to recipes, making it the ideal addition to your menu. The word bocconcini means "little bites" in Italian and Saputo Cocktail Bocconcini cheese is the perfect little snack. It can be coated with breadcrumbs, lemon zest, garlic, oregano and thyme (or other favourite herbs) and fried for a melty snack menu item that is sure to please hungry customers.
Restaurants that offer pizza can repurpose the dough as a pizza bomb. Armstrong Old Cheddar cheese works well stuffed into pizza dough creating a snack-sized version of one of Canada’s most popular menu items4.
Stuff pizza dough with cheese and classic toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms and peppers, or an original topping such as prosciutto.
Mushroom Asiago Cheese Crostini
Snack menus should include a range of options, including choices for vegetarians and those watching their meat intake. Mushroom crostini with Saputo Asiago cheese is a satisfying treat that fits in the palm of your hand and an easy addition to the snack section of the menu. To meet the needs of busy restaurant kitchens, we offer our Asiago cheese pre-shredded and in petals which reduce prep time.
Goat Cheese Bruschetta Trio
Bring a new level of sophistication to bruschetta with Woolwich Dairy Goat cheese. Available in a variety of formats for easy use, this cheese works well with many toppings such as beets, prosciutto or avocado for a snack that is great throughout the day.
With a wide range of quality dairy products in a variety of foodservice friendly formats, Saputo Foodservice has many delicious options to complement any snack menu. And, we’re always available to offer our trusted cheese expertise to find the best solutions for any type of restaurant.
1 2018 Canada Trends Forecast Webinar
2 Ipsos, Canadian Snacking National, July 2018
4 The NDP Group Inc. CREST YE May 2018