From diced to mashed to guacamole transformations, avocados in all forms have made their presence known on menus. With options ranging from breakfast toasts to lunch spreads to dinner platters and beyond, it seems there’s no end to what avocados can do to increase a meal’s appeal. But sometimes, using whole avocados isn’t ideal for one reason or another—sometimes it’s more convenient or economical to use prepared or processed (pre-cut) avocado.
Avocado isn’t seen often on breakfast menus other than in toast format (or perhaps as an ingredient in a breakfast burrito) but the same combination of fruits and avocado that makes some salads shine can crossover to breakfast. For instance, topping a Belgian waffle with fresh fruits such as strawberries, pineapples, blackberries and mangos, plus cubed avocado, provides a rich yet refreshing meal to start the day with. Fresh or frozen, Harvest Fresh Hass avocados from Simplot help elevate the menu and delight customers.
Rich sandwich and burger toppings
According to Technomic’s 2017 Burger report, 35% of consumers say that they’d consider ordering avocado as a topping for their burger. What’s more, 85% of consumers say they are willing to pay more for avocado on their burgers. For this reason, it can be beneficial for operators to offer avocado (either in slices or as guacamole) for a burger topping. Best of all, using pre-sliced avocado or prepared guacamole means there’s no waste—no more slicing a whole avocado up for just a few slices. With prepared guacamole, operators can also give diners the option of choosing mild or spicy guacamole toppings. With 58% of consumers saying that it’s very important that they can customize their burger toppings, offering one more layer of choice is great for restaurants.
Savory and shareable apps or small plates
Most diners enjoy trying new foods from time to time, and one delicious way to menu avocado in unexpected ways is on the appetizer or shared/small plates menu. For instance, corn cakes, piled high with bacon, tomato, corn and avocado cubes, deliver as a tasty starter or shareable plate. Stackable and quick to prepare, this dish uses Simplot’s Harvest Fresh Avocado Dices to make it come together in a snap.
Avocado toast, revamped
The popular dish of toast topped with smashed avocado (and sometimes other toppings such as a fried egg) shot up in popularity over the past couple years, and it seems like there’s infinite ways to update and expand on its reach. One way that diners may not be expecting is to use slices of avocado instead of a mash, to offer different texture and contrast in the dish. By using pre-sliced avocados for this dish, the avocado looks perfectly green and fresh every time, not to mention each slice is a consistent thickness—perfect for creating the ideal presentation.
Avocado isn’t new to menus, but for operators who are on the lookout for more convenient ways to serve it to their hungry diners, using pre-sliced, halved or cubed avocado or pre-made guacamole can speed up the cooking process without sacrificing the fresh, delicious and rich ingredients that customers love.