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Introducing a new Bachelor on the Cheap category - Thinking Out Loud

Bachelor on the Cheap Logo small 08032022By Mike Thayer

The wheels are always spinning...

As a jack of all trades and a master of none, I'm always considering tasks, chores, challenges etc., how they're typically done and if perhaps there's a better way of doing something. Once-in-awhile, that kind of thinking leads to new concepts.

Some of those ideas/concepts are big ticket items, well beyond tweaking recipes, coming up with hacks, organizing a closet for a better 'get ready in the morning flow', using power tools in new ways or making multi-tasking more efficient. 

So I'm posting those thoughts on Bachelor on the Cheap and calling it, "Thinking Out Loud."

Should I hold my ideas close to the vest, jump through the hoops of obtaining rights, making proposals and networking?  Perhaps, and if I could somehow simply package these ideas up and display them for sale on a shelf in a retail store, I would.  But the good ol' days of honoring handshake deals are gone and jumping through corporate hoops isn't my thing.

Here are a few examples of ideas I would love to get paid for, but really have no interest in pursuing myself. 

Somebody in the business world will appreciate these ideas, just remember, you probably heard about it here first.

Thinking Out Loud:  Hey Pizza Joints, America Needs Chorizo Pizza!

Thinking Out Loud:  Another Thinking Out Loud Moment: America needs more burger meat options

Thinking Out Loud: America needs breakfast pizza

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Hey Pizza Joints, America Needs Chorizo Pizza!

Amanda-lim-4lyaMhTcdcU-unsplashBy Mike Thayer

In another Thinking Out Loud Moment motivated by my appreciation for Chorizo sausage in enjoying a breakfast taco, a thought occurred to me.

Why don't the major pizza joints offer Chorizo as one of the meat options on their regular menu?

With roots in Spanish and Mexican cuisines, Chorizo is a flavor sensation becoming more and more popular in American cuisine, highlighting the taste of sweet pork and roasted flavors from spices such as smoked paprika and chili powder.  Found most commonly in tacos, we can thank our neighbors to the south in particular for feeding us the beauty that is Mexican Chorizo.

Buy why limit that great flavor to tacos, burritos, quesadillas and queso dips?

Chorizo lends itself to becoming a GREAT pizza topping.  All the notable, classic meat toppings for pizza, especially pepperoni, create a depth of flavor in the pizza crust they are delivered on, with the oils being absorbed by the sauce and the dough during the baking process.  Not only do you get the robust punch of flavor biting into that slice of pepperoni or chunk of Italian sausage, those notes carry over into the crust, along with that sauce, a true marriage of flavors.  Chorizo belongs at that wedding!  The oils from Chorizo permeate whatever vessel it's delivered in/on, I'd say even better than pepperoni does.  Blooming in the essence of smoked paprika and chili powder, the sausage embraces warm, soft tortillas and can also deliver those depth of flavor notes on a pizza crust.

Visualize a Chorizo pizza, and not one of those "Limited Time Only" offerings by national chains that experiment with Chorizo, chicken and BBQ sauce and actually screw things up if creating new Chorizo fans was the goal...  No, I'm talking a regular, classically prepared pizza, thin or thick crust, a classic marinara sauce, Chorizo, perhaps some bacon to go with it, some onion, maybe some bell pepper and of course the cheese.  Classic Mozzarella is fine, but a pepper jack blend would be good too.

Try ordering that at Pizza Hut, Papa John's or Domino's.  You can't and it's a shame.  The national chains are failing to deliver (see what I did there, the play on "deliver"...) on some fantastic Chorizo sausage flavor and as consumers of pizza, that's a pizza crime!

Given the popularity of Chorizo, I'm a bit surprised it's not a regular meat topping option on ANY of the major pizza chain menus.  The first one to put that on their menu is going to see a nice spike in sales.

Related: Another Thinking Out Loud Moment: America needs more burger meat options

Related: Food Review: QT Kitchens Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Taco

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Another Thinking Out Loud Moment: America needs more burger meat options

Burger Crafting
A mix of 80/20 ground beef, pork sausage, pre-cooked bacon bits, cheddar cheddar cheese & other ingredients.

By Mike Thayer

Last month, I told restaurant owners and entrepreneurs that America needs breakfast pizza.  Seriously, for all the love of pizza, why hasn't one of the major pizza chains ventured into breakfast?

Related: America needs breakfast pizza

So here's my latest Thinking Out Loud Moment:  America needs more burger meat options!

For the most part, restaurants that specialize in burgers, focus only on beef burgers.  Why the restriction?  Sure, some places do buffalo burgers, others do other exotics like elk or ostrich.  But those are few and far between and more expensive to boot.  About the only real variant with burger joints is a battle of better beef...  Common ground beef/chuck/sirloin vs. Angus beef vs. American Wagyu (which is a hybrid of Black Angus and Japanese Wagyu). 

We deserve better and I'm not talking exotics either.  Keep prices reasonable with meats already commonly known and consumed, cheaper in price than beef and yes, DELICIOUS in burger form!

Have you ever had a pork sausage burger?  They're fantastic!  Think hamburger, but using sausage instead.  Two all pork sausage patties, a toasted brioche bun dressed with mayo and mustard, lettuce, cheese, onion, pickles (optional)... It's another dose of YUM!  But unless you make one at home, you won't find that in any restaurant - and you SHOULD, it's that GOOD!

I'm talking offering folks a true menu of burger options, not just variations of how to dress beef burgers, i.e., Bacon Cheeseburger, Mushroom Swiss, Bleu Burger...  But a menu that includes pork, chicken, turkey, veal, goat and lamb options!

I would love to bite into a Bacon Sausage Burger at a restaurant!  I do it at home, because I can't get what I'd like eating out.  In fact, anymore when I grill burgers at home on my Weber Kettle, if it's not a straight optional ground meat like sausage or lamb, it's usually at the very least a 50/50 mix of beef and another ground meat.

Burger Concepts (hmmm, a possible name for a restaurant):

The Cajun Burger:  This burger takes everything that is classic Cajun and delivers it in a big flavor fashion!   It's a pork sausage and Andouille sausage patty kissed with some Cajun spice, there's a slice of melted muenster cheese and it's served on a garlic toasted bun dressed with a Cajun spice remoulade.   It's another dose of YUM!

The Mediterranean Burger:  It's lunch in the Mediterranean! This burger features ground lamb and melds together all the classic flavors of the Mediterranean. There's feta cheese, hummus, Kalamata olives and more in this great burger. 

The Garlic Chicken Curry Burger:  The taste of India featuring a mixture of ground chicken, garlic and curry. Add in a garlic/curry/ginger aioli, lettuce, tomato, red onion and cucumbers (nope, not pickles) and this burger delivers some excellent international flare!  

The Mexican Burger:  This burger features a mixture of ground beef and Mexican chorizo, which provides for a little heat. Topped with a little salsa and guacamole, this takes taco flavors up to a whole new level! 

Talk about easily expanding a menu to burger loving customers whose appetite and demand for more than just an ordinary cheeseburger is ever-growing!

Burger Concepts, a new burger joint opening near you, serving beef, pork, chicken, turkey, veal, lamb burgers and more!

You heard it here first.

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America needs breakfast pizza

Breakfast Pizza
America needs a breakfast pizza option

By Mike Thayer

Today is September 20, National Pepperoni Pizza Day.

So with that in mind, here's a Thinking Out Loud Moment:

This National Pepperoni Pizza Day makes me wonder... For all the love of pizza, why hasn't one of the major pizza chains ventured into breakfast? Seriously, breakfast pizza has really gained in popularity in recent years, I don't know anyone who doesn't appreciate scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and sausage gravy served on a savory crust.  Breakfast pizza is now even available in the frozen food section of the grocery store!

I don't know how many Uber Eats drivers and the like would appreciate an early morning shift, but then again, why not?  Morning shift, night shift, does it really matter?  Perhaps having a drive thru would be key to a successful launch and I know the major pizza joints aren't set up like that and freshness could be an obstacle, but seriously, who wouldn't opt for a slice of breakfast pizza over a sausage, egg & cheese biscuit?  I would in a heartbeat.  Casey's does it successfully. Hey other Fast Food joints that do serve breakfast... Menu add? I dare you to try it.

Think about it, a Pizza Hut, Papa John's, Domino's or some other joint's breakfast pizza delivered to work for casual Friday.  How about a breakfast pizza delivered to that family gathering, the Ladies Auxilary Brunch, the Monday department meeting (instead of donuts), the Saturday morning college football pre-game show watch party?  Then there's always the, "Hey son and daughter, grab a slice of pizza before heading off to school"...  Which is WAY better than cold cereal...  Jus say'n.

A slice of breakfast pizza and a coffee?  C'mon, what's not to like?  It could be a slice, it could be a personal pan pizza.  And it doesn't have to be restricted to just pizza.  Papa John's does those Papadia things, would you go for a Ham & Cheese Papadia breakfast?  How about cheesy bread to start your day, or a few of those breadsticks dressed in cinnamon and sugar?  More than just a few pizza menu items could easily be converted to a breakfast format.

With online apps, Uber Eats, Door Dash, etc., and restaurants trending towards drive thru, delivery and carry out only, I don't see how this is not possible.  In fact, if I was a betting man, at least one of the majors already has a concept like this on the table.  But remember, you heard it here first...

I'll take a slice of sausage breakfast pizza please, with coffee, cream & sugar.

What say you, would you like to see a breakfast pizza option besides Casey's out there?  I know QuikTrip has it too, but I've never tried theirs so I don't know how good or bad it is.

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