Carolina Ingredients Blog

Southern Cuisine - A New Snack Seasoning, Spicy Pimento Cheese

Posted on Tue, Oct, 2014@ 08:00 AM

Southern Cuisine is no longer found just in the south - its popularity is expanding as well known chefs begin to highlight traditional southern dishes and trends in their menus. Now, it is common to see pimento cheese used in other ways. No longer solely a dip or sandwich spread, you now find pimento cheese burgers, pimento grilled cheese sandwiches to deep fried pimento cheese balls. The Varsity, an Atlanta landmark, serves pimento cheese with chili on their hotdogs.

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Pimento Cheese, comfort food, now has multiple variations --from changing the types of cheese to peppers in this lovely mix. You’ll find cheddar, jack, American, and even changes based upon “cleaning” out the refrigerator cheese drawer. Originally with pimentos, a popular crop grown in the south until the 1960’s, jalapenos, piquillos, and other peppers are used to transform this Southern dish into a fusion blend.

Carolina Ingredient’s ideation for October is Spicy Pimento Cheese. Smooth and creamy cheese blend plus heat from different chili peppers mix with a zing of garlic. We formulated this as a snack seasoning; however, we can modify this winner to be used as a blend in for sauces, soups or dressings. Even better, how about a spicy pimento cheese “Hot Pocket” type snack?

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Food Trend -- Eye on the Fry

Posted on Mon, Jun, 2013@ 11:04 AM

In the recent edition of Flavor & The Menu -- chefs nationwide are experimenting with both toppings and sauces to compliment the humble French fry.

What better trend to explore for snack food and potato chip producers.  Smoke’s Poutinerie, makes one fry dish with smoked pulled pork, peppercorns and bacon.  Another favorite is their rendition of Philly Cheese Steak topped fries.

At The Original, their Trainwreck fries are an impressive combination of Italian style chili with Tillamook Cheddar Fondue.

“Toppings add savory umami notes and play on the craveable salty-sweet flavor profile — both things institutionalized with ketchup,” says Kara Nielsen, CCD Innovation trendologist

Other locales are playing on traditional Korean BBQ, or Southwest inspired chili with cilantro, and even sweet treats like Nutella and Peanut Butter.

Come to Carolina Ingredients and play in our kitchen to create your own signature food trend!

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