Denmark, Wis.–These days, small plates on the menu mean BIG business. Mini-burgers – more commonly known as “sliders” – are the No. 1 appetizer in 2009 according to the National Restaurant Association’s latest survey of over 1,600 chefs.
So, how to distinguish the trendy minis so they always stand out from the crowd? Offer guests unique sliders featuring one or more of BelGioioso’s classic Italian and artisan cheeses. Creating signature sliders is even more convenient with BelGioioso’s pre-sliced cheeses, such as mild, medium and sharp Provolone, Asiago and Fontina.
Operators have already discovered the tantalizing flavors of BelGioioso Cheeses to make ordinary mini-burgers extraordinary.
· Alison Awerbach, co-owner and vice president of Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions in New York City, offers guests a Mediterranean take on an American classic. She features ground beef blended with portobello mushroom, sundried tomato and grated BelGioioso Parmesan. After pan-frying, Awerbach tops each patty with slices of BelGioioso CreamyGorg® and Sliced Mild Provolone, then crowns it with pesto and sliced tomatoes for a three-cheese hit with guests.
· Chef Thomas Macrina of the Desmond Great Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, Pa., created a New York Sirloin & CreamyGorg® Slider for the American Culinary Federation’s recent annual gala for its honor society, the American Academy of Chefs. The upscale slider, lightly toasted to melt the BelGioioso CreamyGorg® over sautéed onion and port-seared sirloin, so impressed the 400-plus chefs that Macrina replaced a current offering on his menu with his new, BelGioioso-inspired creation.
Aged in a time honored tradition, BelGioioso cheeses allow you to melt just 1 ounce of CreamyGorg, Italico, Asiago or Provolone over your gourmet mini-burgers to intensify the artisan flavor. Best of all these cheeses are great additions to cheese plates, salads and entrees.
BelGioioso Cheese, Inc., specializes in all-natural, classic Italian and handcrafted cheeses exclusively produced in Wisconsin. Participating in the rich, long heritage of cheesemaking in Wisconsin, the company is family owned and operated and nestles itself in the green pastures of the northeast region of the state. For product information, recipes or product samples, please contact BelGioioso Cheese at (877) 863-2123 or visit www.belgioioso.com