Some culinary combinations are simply matches made in heaven. You know the ones: salt and vinegar, salt and pepper, fish and chips, peanut butter and jelly, and so on. Now, those food pairings sound perfectly normal to us, yet once upon a time they will have sounded as odd as chalk and cheese. Whether you’re willing to own up to it or not, at some point in time you’ll have tried an unusual food combination, perhaps out of nothing more than morbid curiosity, and you probably loved it too. French fries dipped in vanilla milkshake? Pure heaven! But what are some of the more unusual food pairings that could soon turn out to be less unusual than you thought? Take a look at these 5 unusual food pairings and see if you’re grossed out or hungry.
Up first we have chilli and chocolate. This food pairing is actually proving to be hugely popular, so it perhaps shouldn’t be included in this list. After all, we’re looking at weird food pairings that sound odd, right? Well, we’re including it anyways so that you can understand the beauty that is chilli and chocolate. If you use just the right amount of dried chilli with your dark chocolate, the heat from the chilli will actually intensify the flavour of the chocolate and awaken your senses. The trick is finding the right balance. Whether you go with a few dried chilli flakes sprinkled over your chocolate ice cream, or just a few thin slivers of sliced red jalapeno with your bar of dark, chilli and chocolate is a marriage made in heaven.
We know that fewer things in life taste better than a delicious, greasy, cheesy, flame-grilled bacon cheeseburger so how can you go ahead and make it better? Well, you could go ahead and add a generous dollop of creamy peanut butter, along with a layer of sweet and fruity jelly. The sweetness from the jelly helps lift the savoury and smoky notes from the meat, while the creamy peanut butter adds an extra dimension of richness. The end result is a fruity, nutty, cheesy, meaty, smoky taste explosion in your mouth.
To some of you, serving French fries with honey may sound disgusting, yet when you stop and think logically for a moment, it actually makes perfect sense. Sweet and salty compliment each other perfectly, and as you know fries are salty, while honey is sweet. We dip our fries in ketchup, and nobody bats an eyelid, yet ketchup is very sweet and is loaded full of sugar, so how is it any different to honey? A light drizzle of honey over your French fries will lift them to levels higher than you can ever imagine, just be sure not to overdo it with the honey.
If this next food combination sounds odd to you, you obviously have never heard of the Monte Cristo Dog. Monte Cristo Dogs are made up of two beef wieners served on a brioche bun layered with strawberry jelly and topped with swiss cheese. These delicious sweet and savoury takes on a classic hot dog are incredibly moreish and very simple to make. When you’re craving something rich and calorific, there is no finer substitute.
While we can’t say this for sure, we’re pretty confident that the individual that came up with the idea for this food combo may have been under the influence of something other than beer. It sounds bizarre, but Cheetos are cheese-flavoured, and cheese comes from a cow, just as milk does. The milk doesn’t overpower the cheesy goodness of the Cheetos, and instead it’s simply like tucking into a bowl of cheese-flavoured cereal. The trick is to eat them quick, while they’re still crunchy.