Food Trends for 2021
To kick off a new year of at-home meals, here are the top food world trends you can expect to see more of and tap into for your own foodie fun in 2021!
Classics like lasagna and mac n’ cheese will be on many tables as they always have, but just as we saw in 2020, the world of comfort food will continue expanding well into 2021. Chicken and waffles, enchiladas, shakshuka (featured below), casseroles, dips, loaded fries and all types of stuffed goodies are becoming ideal selections for your days of indulgence, and it’s easy to see why! The key to comfort food is dense texture and rich flavors – goals chefs across the world are realizing is easy to achieve with way more ingredients than pasta if you combine the right sauciness, cheesiness, cream-iness and bold spices.
Try This: Philly Cheesesteak Loaded Baked Potatoes
Homemade Bread & Pasta
More time at home means more time for foods that require a fair amount of preparation; dough mixing, kneading and resting specifically in the case of breads and pastas. Pastas that don’t require equipment to make include gnocchi, ravioli and tagliatelle, options that pair well with your favorite sauce and usual pasta ingredients. Just be aware, homemade pasta takes much less time to cook. See this and other homemade pasta tips in our guide, The Art and History Of Pasta. Unlike pasta, which commonly requires special equipment, most varieties of bread can be made at home, with focaccia and sourdough being the most popular for 2020. Home bakers can utilize a slow cooker, dutch oven to bake. Putting in the work always makes the finished product more satisfying, but nothing compares to the reward of from-scratch bread and pasta. 😍
Try This: Homemade Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter
Slow Cooker Meals
From tender pulled pork and ribs to soups, stews, dips, pastas and so much more, slow cookers are an excellently “hands off” way to create a variety of amazing meals. Simply find the recipe for whatever you’re craving, pile in your ingredients, and set on “low” or “high” for the recommended cook time. Most people start their dinner in the morning or afternoon, giving everything a mix periodically if required or desired. The trick to slow cooker recipes is lots of moisture from a sauce or stock. As long as you have enough liquid inside when you start cooking, or add as needed during the process, a perfectly cooked and delicious dinner is easy and efficient.
Try This: Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
There is no better way to literally “spice things up” in the kitchen than cooking outside of your regular selections. From Hungary, North Africa, the Middle East, India and Morocco, cuisines of all types grew in popularity among homes across America in 2020. Where Mexican and Asian flavors have become commonplace, home chefs are embracing spices like garam masala, baharat, togarashi, shawarma, harissa, saffron and beyond to bring something new to the dinner table.
Where pasta, rice and potatoes are usually welcome, a number of home chefs have begun incorporating polenta in their place. This cornmeal porridge has a consistency once cooked comparable to mashed potatoes or vegetable puree. Originating in Italy, it is prepared similarly to rice and can be served as the base of a dish topped with a hearty sauce, or as a side dish if seasoned separately. It can also be cooled until firm then cut into wedges or rounds that can be baked or pan-fried. It is high in vitamins C and A, and is also possible to use in place of oatmeal or grits for breakfast applications.
“Build Your Own” Boards
Baked or mashed potatoes, french fries, tacos, waffles, nachos, burgers, bagels, ice cream – “Build your own” food boards (or bars) are sweeping the food world. Serving as not only a fun way to change things up for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, they can also be set up to be as picturesque as they are delicious. To make your own dream food board, simply decide your base, then use your appetite and imagination to decide a selection of toppings for your household to “build their own”.
Try This: French Fries Board
Homemade Dressings & Dipping Sauces
Ask any chef, food is better when it is homemade. Even if you don’t have your footing in the kitchen for full meals just yet, you can still create your own dressings and sauces to spice up salads, veggies, meats, fries and more. Making them is usually as simple as whisking existing ingredients together, but with delectable dips like sriracha ranch, thai sweet chili, roasted red pepper garlic aioli, herb lemon, and delicious dressings like honey dijon vinaigrette, cilantro lime, garlic parmesan, lemon basil – you’ll be surprised how something so easy can take your foods to the next level!
Try This: Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
With 1 in 4 Americans experimenting with meat-free meals, it is no wonder why healthy and versatile mushrooms of all kinds were in more shopping carts this year, a trend that is expected to continue well into 2021 and beyond. They can be stuffed, sautéed, sliced fresh on salads, made into delectable sauces and even marinated, cooked and slapped on a sandwich in place of a burger. Aside from being an excellent replacement for meat, they are also excellent in addition to it as a side dish. We love this trend, as mushrooms are low in calories and fat, rich in potassium as well as B vitamins which help the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for healthy digestion.
Try This: Garlic Mushroom Pasta
With more people at home, breakfast is less of a “grab and go” affair and more of a “stop and savour”. That said, the most important meal of the day is finally getting the attention it deserves with the rise of breakfast stuffed potatoes, omelette waffles, breakfast amaranth, quinoa and steel cut oats, crustless quiches, protein-packed muffins and more. The ultimate way to start your day!
Try This: Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
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