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Quarterly Mash-Up: Issue 4: Product Spotlight

Gluten free’s gone mainstream.  A sign of the times, Datassential reports menu penetration of gluten-free items has grown 89 percent in the last four years and continues to increase.1 Operators are re-imagining the possibilities for gluten-free ingredients, like potatoes.

Potatoes are ideal for gluten-free innovation, pleasing consumers and providing value for operators.  The versatile potato can be spiralized to substitute in place of noodles, used instead of breadcrumbs for coating applications, incorporated as a filler for meatballs and swapped for a flour-based roux as an excellent thickener for soups and sauces.

¹Datassential SNAP. “Gluten Free: the SNAP Food Profile.” April, 2019.

Quarterly Mash-Up: Issue 4: Did you Know

Potatoes are an allergy-friendly option to combine other ingredients, add creamy texture and mix in as a filler – all while remaining cost effective.  For every application from soups to desserts, potatoes are an essential addition to the traditional list of potential fillers, binders and extenders.  They impart a neutral flavor and ideal texture to achieve a smooth, even and moist finished product.  Consider these helpful tips for creating gluten-free applications:

Attract droves of Mother’s Day or Graduation brunch goers with on-trend menu items that offer something for everyone in a large party.  Perfect for a New American concept, Potato Grits with Spring Vegetables is a light, seasonal fare.  Adding a potato pancake or waffle to the menu could become a signature dish, like it has at Mel’s Commonwealth Café in Massachusetts.  Check out our Loaded Potato Waffle with a savory twist for inspiration.

This Cinco de Mayo, attract patrons with Mexican-inspired, gluten-free menu items.  Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad is a festive, turnkey application for the lunch or sides menu.  Loaded Potato Tostones seasoned with Adobo and topped with guacamole and carnitas are a must-order appetizer.  Knock it out of the park with this Vegan Al Pastor Potato Taco, provided using gluten-free flour in the tortilla, sure to please plant-based and gluten-free diners alike.



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