As a take-away business owner, you are likely feeling the pressure even more during this uncertain time, and need a way to differentiate yourself from the competition. You could look into making your menu more gourmet-focused to appeal to a more discerning audience, helping your business to stand out from the crowd. The advantage is that your kitchen equipment does not need to change in order to create this upmarket food.

When you are using your kitchen equipment to create take-away meals, remember to be creative with your food. Gourmet take-out could be something as simple as replacing a beef patty with a lamb one in your burger for something different, or you could try something out-of-the-box and serve truffle-mayo fries with miso glaze. Not sure where to start? Below we give some top ideas for gourmet take-away food.

Lamb And Mint Burgers

We all know the classic beef burger with cheese, but why not try something a little different and replace the beef with lamb and the cheese with mint tzatziki? You can cook the lamb patties on kitchen equipment such as electric fryers or gas grillers (for that beloved charred flavour) and make your own tzatziki with mint and cucumber. Put the fillings in a crispy ciabatta and watch them fly off the counter. This will help you to stand out from the crowd and provide your customers with something different but equally delicious as their old favourites.

Rustic Pizza Toppings

While there is nothing wrong with a good old Four Seasons pizza, the time has come for take-away businesses to shake up the pizza we all know and love. You can do this by going back to basics, like using kitchen equipment such as dough rollers to roll a thin dough rather than the popular thick version. Use pared-down toppings, like home-made tomato paste sprinkled with fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil. Or you could try something more regional to Italy, such as anchovies and onions.

Loaded Fries

Chips or fries are some of the most popular take-away meals on the market, and to make yours stand out, you can add a gourmet twist. You could use a beef fat or lard to deep fry your chips in for an added luxurious flavour, and top them with truffle mayonnaise, bacon bits, and even chillies for some added zing. Kitchen equipment such as deep fryers can be put to good use here as you can deep fry normal or sweet potatoes for added crispiness and deliciousness.

South African-Style Stir Fries

A stir fry is a staple take-away option and many people enjoy the Asian flavours they provide, but if you want to make your offering stand out, you can inject some South African flavours into the mix. You could sprinkle some masala spices onto the vegetables while frying them for a touch of spice or you could use chutney rather than soy sauce to marinate your meat. Trying something out-of-the-box with an old favourite is sure to get you noticed and help your take-away business thrive.

Fancy Fish And Chips

Fish and chips is a South African staple in the coastal areas, but it can be transformed into something gourmet and delicious. Use kitchen equipment such as deep fryers for the fish but rather than use the usual batter, try coating your hake in panko crumbs and chilli flakes and adding kewpie mayo as a condiment. You could try using a different type of fish, such as haddock, for the fish and pairing this with sweet potato fries and lime instead of lemon.

Go For Gourmet

Gourmet take-away food does not have to be difficult but it can help to make your business more profitable. You could create unique hamburgers and pizza toppings, load fries with decadent toppings, and add some South African flavours to stir fries.

If you need the right kitchen equipment for your gourmet experiments, speak to CaterWize today to find out how we can help you.