UNILEVER | When it comes to breakfast, a question most café owners ask is, ‘how big should a serving of breakfast be?’ Just enough for a morning meal or more than enough to keep customers up and running all day?
The bigger the better! Maybe not all items on your breakfast menu – but at least as an option on some. The reasoning behind this is that most customers who come to your café for brekkie either want to have a strong start to their day or have had a busy night before.
There are breakfast staples that can make a serving more substantial, but what matters more is keeping it balanced – not too mushy, greasy runny or dry.
Most breakfasts use a common set of ingredients. Here are a few that you can use to pack more onto your plate:
You can never go wrong with eggs in any form – poached, fried or scrambled are standard brekkie. It’s possibly the most obvious choice for a big brekkie and will give customers the added option of choosing if they want it runny or hard. So crack ‘em up and toss in some KNORR Garde d'Or Hollandaise Sauce for extra taste.
When you’re serving eggs, bacon is more often than not the accompanying choice. A fact that most brekkie lovers will agree to! And you don’t need to pile it on to fill up the plate – two or three slices with do just fine. If you usually serve it crisp, make that clear on your menu as some customers prefer to go easy on the grill.
Another breakfast staple – sausages, chipolatas and even full-sized bangers won’t seem out of place on a brekkie plate. Add a couple of sauces on the side, KNORR Tomato Chilli Jam is a great option, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
Never underestimate the value of toast. This humble brekkie fav is the perfect way for hungry morning customers to ‘wipe up’ their plates. You can usually serve sandwich bread for toast or choose fresh sourdough or Turkish toast to upgrade the meal.
Beans, even from a tin, will bring you no complaint. Although it’s a good idea to amp up the taste with a splash of barbecue sauce, a dash of brown sugar and herbs. Or switch it up with gourmet baked bean recipes to make sure your big brekkies are different from what’s out there.
Not all big brekkie eaters dig bacon and eggs. With these veggie alts you can do the switcheroo and still keep taste intact.
Button mushrooms/hash browns
A serving of cooked mushrooms or crunchy hash browns are the best ways to adds veggie options to breakfast.
Other vegetarian friendly options, include:
- Cooked spinach
- Fresh avocado
- Raw or fresh cherry tomatoes
- Grilled asparagus
A big meal in the morning needs something pretty good to wash it down. Popular options are a stimulating cup of coffee or a glass of refreshing orange juice. Keep it simple so your customers find it easy to make a choice.
Remember, a great brekkie menu can give your café a good rep. Get it right and you’ll get customers who come back – and maybe not just in the morning.
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