Deli meats have always been a popular quick-and-easy meal option, and that popularity just keeps growing.

Consumers love them because they are convenient and often times a grab ’n’ go option, and operators appreciate that their simplicity to use reduces back-of-house time and labor. For a handheld menu, deli meats can be incorporated into a variety of applications, from appetizers, to sharables, to, easily the most-popular option, sandwiches. Below you’ll find a selection of deli-inspired handhelds from our extensive collection of exclusive recipes.

Turkey & Avocado Fritters:

Ingredients: Deli turkey or deli chicken, avocado, house-made chipotle aioli.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:2

With fritters growing 9% on menus over 4 years…

…avocados continuing popularity…

…and the rise of house-made condiments, especially tangy aioli…

…this dish makes a perfectly on-trend culinary statement.

Turkey, Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini:

Ingredients: Deli turkey, crostini, figs, goat cheese, arugula.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:3

Crostini has grown by 8%…

…and arugula by 25% on menus over 4 years.

In addition, figs are entering the adoption cycle and appearing on more menus.

Medianoche-Inspired Ham Sliders:

Ingredients: Deli ham, Hawaiian sweet rolls, Swiss cheese, whole-grain mustard, pickle chips.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:4

Silders have had a 15% increase in menu penetration over 4 years.

Sweet & Spicy Thai Sandwich:

Ingredients: Deli ham, baguette, Thai peanut sauce, lettuce, onion, bell peppers.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:5

Thai peanut sauce has exploded in growth by 13% over the last 4 years.

That it's house-made is an added plus.

Kimchi Reuben:

Ingredients: Deli pastrami, rye bread, kimchi, thousand island, Swiss cheese.

On-Trend Choice:6

Kimchi, which has grown an amazing 43% on menus over 4 years, adds a nice ethnic flair when substituted for kraut.

Make yours in-house and add your own personal spin.

Italian Ham Dip:

Ingredients: Deli ham, mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato sauce, flatbread.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:7

29% of consumers would like restaurants to offer a wider variety of pork handheld options on the menu.

Hawaiian Flatbread Pizza:

Ingredients: Deli ham, flatbread, tomato sauce, pineapple, mozzarella cheese.

Complete Recipe

On-Trend Choice:

Many operators are offering more miniaturized versions of entrées such as sliders, wraps, snack melts, flatbreads and more, to appeal to consumers seeking quick satisfaction.

1 Technomic’s 2018 Sandwich Consumer Trend
2-6 Datassential, 2019
7 Technomic, Center of the Plate Beef & Pork CTR, 2017

For more information, contact your Smithfield Culinary representative, or call 888-327-6526.