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FAN-TASTIC FOOD The tastiest new recipes, inspiring products you can’t get anywhere else, and stunning images that will leave you hungry for more – we’ve got it all in The DISH. Along with chef tips, supplier inside info, and product sneak previews, this is where Performance Foodservice dishes on our stellar brand portfolios and industry expertise. Last month we kicked off the new year with an exploration of modern surf and turf options. In this issue, we’ll take a look at how elevated bar food can score with sports fans, winning over the crowd one bite at a time. The big game is the culmination of football season, and one of the biggest days of the year for restaurants. But sports are only


getting revved up as we head toward spring. Basketball is up and running with critical conference games leading to the March college tournament. Pitchers and catchers will be reporting soon. And of course, hockey, soccer, and combat sports are all battling it out. These crowd-pleasing events present strong opportunities for foodservice, not only in terms of game-day atmosphere, but in the takeout and delivery segment as well, with many fans rooting on their teams from the comfort of home. Bar food has always been about convenience – grabbing a handful of golden-brown fries to dip, chowing down on pizza with all the best toppings, and snacking on spicy wings hot out of the fryer. Still, just

because we want to watch sports while eating with our hands (don’t judge, you do too), doesn’t mean we want to sacrifice flavor and innovative takes on the dishes we crave. Our Performance chefs have compiled an exciting menu of sporty options, mostly things you can crush with your hands, that we know can be a slam dunk for your operation. Let the games begin!

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Winning Wings

ROMA® SPICY BREADED CHICKEN WINGS Meaty bites for maximum flavor.

Sweet, spicy, and saucy


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Superstar Sauce

What's a unique way to enhance spicy flavors?

Like a great defense, there are just some dishes that never go out of style. Wings give sports fans exactly what they want – hot and crispy finger food doused in taste bud-bursting flavor. With wings, the sauce is the championship ingredient, and that fits perfectly with consumer trends for bold and spicy flavors. Sriracha is an ideal option, sweet and heat taste providing a winning alternative to traditional Buffalo spiciness.

A great way to utilize Sriracha’s wellbalanced spicy kick is combining it with honey, a squeeze of lime, and a dash of soy—adding an international twist to the hot honey flavor trend.

Create a rich and creamy dipping sauce with West Creek® Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Sriracha Wings 10-12

Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings

2 oz.


1 oz.

Sriracha Chili Sauce

1 tsp.

Soy Sauce

1/2 ea.

Lime Juice

3 T.

Unsalted Butter

Serves: 1 Cook wings in a 350°F fryer for about 5 minutes. While wings are cooking, over medium heat melt the butter in a saucepan. Add honey, Sriracha, soy, and lime juice. Stir well, remove from heat. Place cooked wings in bowl add sauce and toss. Serve with desired sauces, celery, or carrots.


A Slice

OF The Big As the host of many a championship game, New Orleans is known for big sporting events almost as much as for its decadent cuisine. The muffuletta sandwich is a Crescent City staple, and this hardy pizza is topped with its namesake’s assortment of delicious Italian meats from our premium Piancone® brand. An array of toppings is very on-trend in pizza today, and this meaty meal delivers.


ULTIMO® 14-Inch Raised Edge Pizza Crust ROMA® Original Shredded Mozzarella/Provolone Cheese ROMA® Cup ‘n’ Char Pepperoni Slices


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Muffuletta Pizza

Yields: 1 Pizza

ingredients 1 Ultimo® 14-Inch Raised Edge Crust 7 oz. Roma® Original Mozzarella/ Provolone Cheese shredded 2 oz. Roma Cup n Char Pepperoni 2 oz. Piancone® Genoa Salami, sliced 2 oz. Piancone Prosciutto, sliced 2 oz. Piancone Capicola Ham, sliced 4 oz. Roma Ground Tomato 1 c. Magellan® Olive Salad ¼ c. Piancone Unfiltered Olive Oil ½ c. Roma Shaved Parmesan cheese

A creation of New Orleans reborn into a unique signature pie. Crust topped with sliced pepperoni, capicola ham, genoa salami, prosciutto, and olive salad. Finished with nutty melted mozzarella provolone cheese and a drizzle of unfiltered olive oil.

preparation Place crust on a pizza screen. In a circular motion from the center towards the edge apply the tomato sauce. Add 4 oz of cheese. Arrange pepperoni, prosciutto, salami, and capicola on top. Sprinkle on Olive Salad and top with remaining cheese. Bake in oven of your choice*. Remove from oven and slice. Drizzle with unfiltered olive oil followed by Parmesan cheese and enjoy. *Turbo Chef oven will take 2 minutes. Impinger Conveyor Oven set at 500°F about 5-6 minutes. A convection oven set to 400°F with fan on will take about 8 minutes.





ASIAN PRIDE® VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS Bacon-wrapped for baller bites.



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Like a great double-play combo, food mashups are always a sure-fire way to win with guests. Throw in international flavor for a little added zest, and now you’re cooking. Try wrapping our Asian Pride Potstickers in smoky bacon for an unstoppable appetizer duo. Bring some sweet and heat to these tasty treats with a drizzle of Asian Pride Sweet Chili Sauce or use as a dipping sauce.

Tender and tasty team up

Chef Talk for potsticker perfection A great potsticker is created with technique. Steam or blanch your dumplings first to soften the dough. Heat your oil over medium heat and caramelize the dumpling. The perfect bite awaits.

How can operators serve condiments to patrons safely and easily? Portion-control options are becoming increasingly on-trend. These new dip cups from some of the most trusted brands give patrons what they want in exactly the right amount: Frank’s RedHot® Buffalo Dipping Sauce, French’s® Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, and Cattlemen’s® Kansas City Classic BBQ Dipping Sauce. Whether eating on-or off-premises, these sealed singleserve cups make it safe and convenient for patrons to customize their meals and allow operators to save on labor and maintain better sanitation measures.




Philadelphia fans know that sometimes the right play at the right time makes all the difference. Philly cheesesteaks are on almost every bar-style menu, but often there’s not much that differentiates them from competitors. Mix up the playbook and surprise guests by adding Cajun-spiced shrimp for an even more robust and tasty sandwich. Our premium Bay Winds® Shrimp are responsibly sourced and fresh-tasting, from the sea to the steak.


Surf and Turf Philly Style Sandwich 1 Roma® Hoagie roll 1 tsp. Butter TT Olive oil 1 portion Roma Sliced Philly Beef 3 oz. Peppers and onions – julienned TT Salt and pepper 2 oz. Roma Original Mozzerella Shredded Cheese 5 ea. Bay Winds Shrimp, 51-60, tail off 2 tsp. Magellan® Cajun Seasoning 2 oz. Piancone® Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Dressing

Serves: 1

Butter the hoagie roll and toast on a flat top. Add olive oil to the flattop and cook the beef, peppers and onions together. Season with salt and pepper. Work the cheese in and move to the hoagie. Toss the shrimp in the seasoning and grill. Place the shrimp on top of the steak. Spread the dressing on the top half of the hoagie. Serve with extra sauce and french fries or chips.

Coming Soon

Heart of a Champion Really want to win over the crowd? Let them eat steak. Soon we’ll be offering steak bite options from our superior Braveheart® Black Angus Beef brand. With several varieties, from dipping bites and pasta proteins to taco fillings and bowl bites, we’ve got bold products for any menu. Our unique PathProven® tracking program ensures that our Braveheart steak items maintain the highest levels of quality, taste, and tenderness. There’s no better bite.

Kings of the Cup Pizza is one of the bar food kings, but patrons don’t always want a full pie crowding the table. For an updated take on pepperoni pizza, these pastry squares may be just the ticket – a light and fluffy pastry crust filled with tangy sauce, melty mozzarella, and Roma® Cup ‘n’ Char Pepperoni. Even better, diners can eat as many or as few of these handheld squares as they desire. Score one for pizza progress!

Bowl Game

There’s only one thing sports fans love as much as eating with their hands, and that’s variety. Not every menu item can be battered and fried; sometimes patrons crave lighter and healthier fare. With tender Piancone® Burrata Cheese Rounds and Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, this yummy salad still provides the cheesy goodness and flavor of bar food, while leaving room for plenty of beer and crave-able sides.



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