Ask Dr. Potato
With 772 posts, chances are there's already an answer to your question. Please try searching below before submitting a question to Dr. Potato. Use multiple words to help narrow down the results. For example, search for "potatoes" and "group" if looking for an answer on cooking potatoes for large groups.
What Could I Add To My Idaho® Potatoes On The Menu To Make Them Even More Popular?
As a high volume independent restaurant, I’ve got Idaho baked potatoes on the menu already, plain or loaded with the traditional sour cream, butter, and chives. Any thoughts on an ingredient I could add to get a little higher check overage?
Three words… Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! According to the latest Datassential report Bacon appears on 70.7% of all menus surveyed at 3,438 concepts and even with all that existing popularity, it has grown 3.9% in four years. Applewood Bacon mentions on menus is up 28.6% during the same time period. And the terminology “smoked” is hot too, with a menu penetration of 17.6% of all menus. While chains list Smoked Bacon on 30.5% of menus, Independents only call it out 15.0% of the time. It’s already pre-sold to your customers! Pepper Bacon is only on 6.8% of Chain menus, and 1.4% of Independents, so there is more opportunity to try this as a new ingredient too.
Check out some of the more creative uses of bacon with potatoes from Food Bloggers and Chefs:
Dr. Potato isn't a real doctor but a team of potato experts ready to answer all your potato questions.
Click here to submit »