Mintel International Group recently revealed that
ethnic foods garner $75 billion annually in the U.S. Consumers’ two favorite
ethnic cuisines topping the list were Italian and Mexican—both of which
commonly include cheese as a main ingredient. Technomic’s Flavor Consumer Trend
Report also took note of this, citing that the popularity of cheese sauce
specifically grew by 42 percent in the U.S. last year.
capitalize on these growth trends, Knouse Foods offers a full line of Lucky
Leaf® Cheese Sauce. Made with the finest dairy
products, Lucky Leaf Cheese Sauce is available in a multi-serve format (106 oz.
can) in a variety of flavor options that include Kickin’
Blanco Cheese Sauce, Aged
Cheddar Cheese Sauce (low
fat option), Cheddar
Cheese Sauce (mild
option) and Nacho
Cheese Sauce (mild
option). The Cheese Sauces are easy to use, shelf stable and cost
effective, so chefs and operators can simplify back-of-house operations,
deliver consistent results and increase profit potential with every meal.
to patrons’ palates for ethnic cuisine and diversify any menu using Lucky Leaf
Cheese Sauce. Consider these recipe ideas for the top two cuisines and across
Crostini Italiano: Poached eggs are
served on herb-flavored crostini, topped with prosciutto slices and Cheese
Sauce and mixed with chopped artichokes, roasted red peppers and parsley.
Omelet au Queso: A simple egg omelet is
topped with Cheese Sauce, mixed with sautéed vegetables (mushrooms, peppers,
onions and tomatoes) and run under the broiler for omelet au gratin.
Pasta Alfredo: Al dente fettuccine
is tossed in Cheese Sauce along with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, ground
white pepper and a touch of nutmeg topped with a sprinkling of snipped
Lemon Salmon: Salmon is grilled or roasted
and served topped with Cheese Sauce and flavored with cilantro, lemon juice,
lemon zest and toasted pumpkins seeds to garnish.
Besto Pesto Pie: An unbaked dough round is
spread with Cheese Sauce and dribbled with prepared basil pesto sauce,
chopped tomato and roasted sliced pepper, then topped with shredded
mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses before baking.
Meat Enchiladas: Spicy meat filling made with
enchilada sauce is stuffed into corn tortillas, rolled and served on top of a
hot, chunky tomato-scallion salsa, then topped with hot Cheese Sauce and
garnished with minced cilantro.
“Lucky Leaf Cheese Sauce is extremely versatile and
allows culinary professionals to remain on-trend and satisfy consumers’
increasing demand for ethnic menu offerings,” said Todd Michael, Foodservice
Sales Director for Knouse Foods. “Your patrons will appreciate the irresistible
smooth cheese flavor and texture, and you’ll appreciate that our Cheese Sauce
is ready to use and provides variety and quality that is second to none.”
Knouse Foods is an established grower-owned
fruit cooperative and food processor for apple and fruit related products. The
cooperative includes fruit growers in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Mid-West. Known for its environmental
stewardship, Knouse Foods is committed to ensuring all of its products meet the
highest standard for taste, quality and consistency. Product brands include
Musselman’s® and Lucky Leaf®. For more information, visit