Top 9 profitable dishes for your winter menu

There are stacks of winter dishes out there that’ll put a smile on your patrons’ faces. When every order counts, it’s important that your menu items use more budget friendly ingredients, which can go a long way to boosting your profit margins.

Here’s some ideas for creating your low cost, high flavour winter menu:

GO SLOW WITH SECONDARY CUTS

Think beef cheeks, chuck steak and gravy beef.  Cooked slowly to maximise tenderness — and flavour — the possibilities are endless with beef bourguignon, not to mention a range of delicious curries from around the world.

THINK ZERO FOOD WASTE

Any of your slow cooked leftovers can be used to make great house made pies. Serve it with hearty pub food, like mash and peas, and you’re onto a crowd-pleasing winter winner!

BE SAVVY ON WHEN YOU BUY meat cuts

If you see a great seasonal special on a prime cut of meat, go for it. So while something like lamb shanks might not be the cheapest ingredient around, when bought at the right time, it can strike a good balance between high selling menu item and profitability. 

A HEARTY soup is always a winner

Soups as starters are easy and cheap to make. The GP per serve is high, making it a great winter menu item. And the possibilities are endless — you can go for a classic like pea and ham, or pumpkin, or get creative with something more pimped-up.

A TASTE OF ITALY is a popular choice

Pasta is always popular. Whether it’s a lasagne or carbonara, bolognaise or pesto, pasta is a low-cost ingredient and depending on what you add to it you can make a simple, flavourful and crowd-pleasing menu item.

RICE IS NICE - AND FILLING

Whether it’s a hearty nasi goreng or a comforting bowl of risotto, rice is cheap, filling and open to a range of creative possibilities.

A sunday favourite, every day

Whether it’s chicken, pork or lamb, nothing says family favourite like a roast. Done in a large format, this is a cost saving protein option and budget friendly when bulked out with seasonal veg.

Classic fish n' Chips

Fish and chips are always a crowd pleaser and generally not something people make at home, so a popular choice with patrons. Make sure to buy seasonal and take advantage of cheaper seafood specials.

BURGERS ARE BOSS

Depending on the type and style, burgers are a great option year round. They’re popular, cost effective and tasty. You can go classic — done right, nothing beats it — or get creative with your ingredients.

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