If you've been reading The Kitchn for awhile, you know we aren't driven by trends. We appreciate the really useful, the enduring, and good flavors regardless of popularity. But we aren't immune to curiosity when it comes to "in" and "out" lists, so we enjoyed reading the new Epicurious predictions for Top 10 Food Trends for 2010…
What will be the dish in 2010? Epicurious predicts fried chicken. Perhaps The Kitchn was ahead of the curve – we went on a week-long fried chicken spree earlier this year, sharing recipes for classic Finger-Licking Fried Chicken, Crunchy Oven-Fried Chicken, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Ad Hoc.
Does bacon ever go out of style? Well, Epicurious is ready to move on, and thinks lamb will be the new pork. We immediately thought of Lindsey's Lamb Burgers, one of our Quick Weeknight Meals entries. For more inspiration, take a look at our Lamb Tips and Recipes and learn How To Cook Tender Lamb.
Continuing with the meat theme, Epicurious puts butchers at the forefront. (We predicted this last year!) Are you looking for a local butcher, or do you have one to recommend? Check out our post on Old-School Butchers in Your Neighborhood. Dana's recent meditation on Respect also focused on the trend of butchery as a spectator sport.
On the beverage front, Epicurious forecasts homemade beer in favor of elaborate cocktails. Need some tips? Emma documented the process this fall, from The Wort and First Fermentation to Siphoning and 2nd Fermentation, Bottling the Homebrew, and finally Tasting the Homebrew.
When it comes to entertaining in a tight economy, Epicurious sees fewer formal dinners and more potlucks. As far as we're concerned, potlucks are always in style! We've got Good Potluck Recipes for you as well as a fun idea for a Panini Potluck.
Agree? Disagree? What food trends are you ready to embrace – or put to rest – in the coming year?
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• Epicurious Predicts Top 10 Food Trends for 2010
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