12 Weird Food Pairings That Actually Taste Amazing
Some foods are meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, chocolate and caramel, grilled cheese and tomato soup. But there are some less obvious (and strange-sounding) combinations you just haven’t tried yet. Here, 12 bizarre-sounding food pairings that are actually super-tasty.
Strawberry and Tomato
Combining these guys may sound weird, but give it a try. Sweet strawberries pair great with acidic tomatoes in apps like salads, soups and bruschetta.
Dark Chocolate and Parmesan Cheese
Before you roll your eyes, remember that cheese was basically invented to be paired with chocolate. For instance, dark chocolate and Parmesan. Both ingredients are sharp, nutty and slightly bitter. Melt them together between sliced bread and you’ve got a winning sandwich.
Yogurt and Eggs
Though both are breakfast staples on their own, you’ve probably never thought of putting the two together. But…when you really think about it, is yogurt all that different from sour cream?
Mango or Pineapple and Chile Powder
Eaten plain, mango and pineapple are two very sweet fruits. But a sprinkle of chile powder brings out the complexity of their flavors. Go for the combo in marinades, salsas, curries and cocktails.
Bacon and Peanut Butter
You’ve heard the saying that everything tastes better with bacon, and peanut butter is no exception. Elvis would have backed us up here: His favorite sandwich was a combination of peanut butter, bacon and banana.
Olive Oil and Ice Cream
Did you know olive oil gelato is actually a popular flavor in Italy? But even a drizzle of EVOO on plain vanilla ice cream may change your life.
Coca-Cola and Chicken
Mixing poultry and soda may seem gross, but a little Coke gives chicken a tender, sweet and vaguely syrupy flavor.
Green Apples and Salsa
Tangy, crisp green apples are the perfect complement to spicy, tomato-based salsa. Dip apple slices into spicy salsa for a satisfying snack, or combine the two and top off tacos, pork tenderloin or ceviche.
Broccoli and Cheetos
Not a glass of bubbles to wash down your pasty with, but doughnuts made with actual Champagne (a perfect use for leftover bubbly that’s gone flat). Festive and delicious.