Winter dish ideas — Winter is the perfect time to change up your menu and bring in delicious, heart-warming dishes to your restaurant to attract new diners and keep your sales up through the cold months. Diners will lose interest in these refreshing dishes of summer and will seek out more hearty, warm meals instead. Here are a couple of recipes and tips that you can use on your regular winter menu or as daily or weekly specials in addition to your regular menu during the season.
You can never go wrong with stew. It’s a hearty meal that warms the soul. This recipe serves 4, so you will need to adjust to suit your crowd.
Total: 6 hr 35 min Yield: 4 servings
Another great go-to winter dish is some kind of casserole. Diners want comfort-type foods during this season, and casseroles definitely warm the belly. Adjust the amount of ingredients to suit your crowd.
Total Time: 2 hr 30 min Serves: 8 to 10
The baked casserole can be cooled down and refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently and crisp the panko under the broiler before serving.
By using in-season ingredients you’ll cut down on costs. And by using seasonal flavors, you’ll attract diners wanting those dishes.
Soups – Experiment with chowders, chilis, and stews.
Casseroles – Carb + meat + cheese is a winning combination for a satiating one-dish bake.
Curries – Combine seasonal veggies and meats with spices for a meal that will warm up customers from the inside out.
Winter cocktails – Add steamy drinks like mulled wine, hot toddies, and Irish coffee to your winter drink menu.