The humble potato is one of the key staples of a catering menu, offering the ultimate in versatility, cost effectiveness and taste opportunities. From crisps to chips to Sunday roasts, potatoes are at the very epicentre of a British food offering.
Potatoes are the ultimate food - versatile, cost effective and infinitely tasty. BUT – preparing them is time consuming. Peeling potatoes and then frying, boiling, mashing, roasting or whatever else you wish to do with them is a long process, and this is often time which is not available to chefs.
Potato products freeze beautifully and can be cooked quickly from frozen, and so they give chefs the opportunity to serve great quality products to their customers, whilst also saving considerable preparation time. There are so many varieties of potato products that it is impractical for venues to be able to produce them all fresh. By relying on frozen products chefs can offer variety and quality.
Chips don’t always have to play a supporting role – they can be the star of the show. Chips and dips make great sharing platters for groups and are a perfect grab and go option.
Offer a variety of chips – skin on, skin off, chunky and skinny, sweet potato and also more adventurous versions such as our Yuca Fries. Offer delicious dips such as salsas and guacamoles, ketchup, and relishes like our Sweetcorn or Tomato and Chilli versions.
American-inspired potato snacks
Nearly everyone loves a chip, but there are now many ways to enjoy them. The classic fried potato chip will always have its place on a menu but as diners become more adventurous they are looking to enjoy similar treats from other parts of the world.
The Americas and the Caribbean for example offer a number of root vegetables that make great alternatives to the potato chip, and also give an exotic twist to the menu. Plantains, sweet potatoes and yuca all make delicious fried chip-alternatives and can be dressed with a wide variety of dips and dressings.
As well as a wide variety of chips in different shapes and sizes we have also taken inspiration from the Americas to offer a number of potato products which come ready prepared and can be quickly cooked to be served as sides or snacks.
Mini Potato Totes
These delicious little golden nuggets are like potato popcorn. The puffs of potato and onion can be fried from frozen until golden and crispy in only three minutes, and have a homemade appearance which adds to the appeal of the finished dish. Serve them hot in small bowls with a little dipping dish of ketchup or salsa or as a side dish.
Chopped potaotes shaped and fried till crispy, our hash browns can be finished from frozen in a few minutes. Traditionally served with breakfast they also make a great side dish.
New World Chips
The Americas and the Caribbean offer a number of root vegetables that make great alternatives to the potato chip, and also give an exotic twist to the menu. Plantains, sweet potatoes and yuca all make delicious fried chip-alternatives and can be dressed with a wide variety of dips and dressings.
Sweet potato chips are quickly gaining popularity in this country, and for good reason. Beyond being delicious, sweet potatoes rank much lower on the glycemic index than regular potatoes as they contain a higher density of nutrients, and they have an impressive nutritional profile.
Tostones are slices of green plantain which are peeled, sliced and fried before being crushed and then fried again until they are crisp and golden brown. They are an extremely popular side dish in South America and the Caribbean where they are served alongside fish and meat dishes, perhaps with a dip or topped with cheese.
Tostones are a handy shape for dipping, so can be paired with delicious sides such as a garlic dip or maybe a traditional accompaniment like a Mojo sauce made with oranges, limes and garlic. You could also offer a classic Queso ( cheese dip), a Frijoles (bean) dip or make a nacho style dish topped with pulled meat. Any of the guacamoles and salsas from our range would also work.
Yuca Fries are made from the tuberous root also known as Cassava. They are perfect served simply sprinkled with salt, pepper and lime juice or can be accompanied by a variety of latin toppings such as hot sauce, pico de gallo or salsa verde. Or pair them with a meat dish such as our Pulled Pork Tinga or Beef Barbacoa.
Our new Yuca Fries and Tostones plantain are fried till crispy so are tasty alternatives to the potato chip, and both are staples of the Americas and the Caribbean where Funnybones Foodservice focusses its’ expertise.
Funnybones Foodservice specialises in American, Tex-Mex and Caribbean foods, offering a wide range of authentic specialist and mainstream products that represent the best of the cuisines from this part of the world.
To find out more or to place an order call 01707 321321 or visit www.funnybones.co.uk