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Level up the menu with performance dairy cheese sauces

Adding flavor and boosting ticket prices made easy
Land O Lakes Foodservice

As consumers look for more and more to hold their interest in restaurant menus, operators are working overtime to come up with new and exciting ways to amp up the flavor and indulgence. One easy way to do so for just about any dish is with a performance dairy cheese sauce like those from Land O’Lakes. Made with approximately 50% of real cheddar cheese per package—more than typical canned or in-house bechamel sauces—plus a perfect blend of other flavors, these sauces offer delicious dairy flavor and unmatched convenience in the kitchen. From topping a sandwich with a rich drizzle to smothering a plate of fries or tots, cheese sauce can ramp up the deliciousness in just about any dish. Need some inspiration? Try these options.

Sandwiches: Try a Beef and Blue Hoagie. Start with Land O Lakes® Extra Melt® White Cheese Sauce, and add blue cheese crumbles to create a bold-flavored sauce. On a hoagie bun, pile sliced roast beef or pulled pot roast, sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions, then smother the whole sandwich with the blue cheese sauce. It’s a winning combination diners will love.

Or, go global with a Thai Chicken Sandwich—boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a thinly sliced and placed on a bun with toppings including shredded carrots, cilantro, Thai red curry sauce, red onions, bell peppers and salted peanuts, then drizzled with Land O Lakes® Queso Bravo® Cheese Dip with Jalapenos and Red Peppers for an added kick.

Burgers: Regional flavors are always a hit, and that’s no different with this Green Chile Queso Jack Burger.  A classic burger will all the trimming is topped with Land O Lakes® Queso Bravo® Cheese Dip with Jalapeno Peppers that has Land O Lakes® Feather Shredded Monterey Jack cheese blended into it, then finished off with green chiles—a Southwestern staple.

Sides and apps: Restaurants can’t go wrong offering loaded fries, and when Breakfast Totchos are on the menu, they’re great for breakfast, too. Tater tots are topped with cooked scrambled eggs, onion, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, and of course, Land O Lakes® Queso Bravo® Cheese Dip with Jalapeno Peppers.

Perfect for sharing, Korean Inspired Pub Fries are also guaranteed to be an on-trend hit. Pub fries are topped with a seasoned ground beef, then smothered in a gochujang cheese sauce made with Land O Lakes® Extra Melt® White Cheese Sauce and Land O Lakes® Shredded Monterey Jack.

Want more? Check out more recipes diners will love by clicking here.

This post is sponsored by Land O'Lakes Foodservice

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