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Create Craveable Dishes To-Go

More than ever, takeout and delivery options are crucial to the success of the restaurant industry. Our goal is to help ensure that your takeout and delivery dishes taste as delicious at home as they do in your restaurant. Chef Michael Terry of Land O’Lakes shares ideas on how to use our Extra Melt® products to create consistently scrumptious to-go meals that are customers’ go-to choice.

Create Craveable Dishes To-Go by Land O’Lakes Culinary Center 03/02/2021

Takeout and delivery options aren’t just about convenience for your customers. In the current environment, they may still be a necessity for your restaurant in order to stay in operation. We know the challenges that you may be facing to provide high-quality dishes that travel well from your kitchen to your customer’s’ doors.
You need products that can withstand your customer’s’ expectations. We want to help you do just that. Our Extra Melt® Cheese line was specifically made to provide consistent results dish after dish no matter where it’s served. Performing like no other cheese on the market, Extra Melt® Cheese is easy to work with and stands up in transit. Beyond our leading Performance Dairy products, you can count on our team to help bring delicious ideas into your kitchen.
Michael Terry, corporate chef and culinary sales manager at Land O’Lakes, shares a few ways you can use Extra Melt® Cheese to deliver quality dishes across your takeout and delivery menus. 

1. Top your most popular dishes with delicious consistency.

Not all cheeses are made to melt down into a smooth, creamy sauce, especially for to-go items. In the case of nachos, “You can put Extra Melt® American shreds on top of the nachos right when you’re closing the to-go container, and the residual heat from the food itself will help to melt the cheese by the time it arrives at its destination,” says Terry.

2. Get creative and expand your to-go menu.

Dishes that were previously risky to include on delivery menus can be a possibility with Extra Melt® Cheese. “Shreds work well not only for nachos, but also in a filled entrée item like an enchilada,” says Terry. “Sauces work beautifully for macaroni and cheese or other cheesy pasta dishes. Loaves provide even more versatility because you can slice, cube or shred them,” he adds. Extra Melt® Cheese comes in four varieties, giving you lots of options.

3. Simplicity, elevated.

“Extra Melt® Cheese is a virtually unbreakable base that is easy to customize. You can stir in meats, tomatoes or even alcohol without it separating,” says Terry. With limited or inexperienced staff, this feature can help them build confidence in their recipes, save time and gets dishes out the door more quickly.

4. Prepare these dishes to pass the to-go test.

You can use Extra Melt® Cheese to create a range of dishes that’ll travel well between your kitchen and customers’ doors. Here’s a sampling:

Chicken Burrito Suiza

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |Chicken Burrito Suiza

Beef and Blue Hoagie

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |Beef and Blue Hoagiet

Chef-Inspired Mac and Cheese

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |Monterey Jack Mac and Cheese

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