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.
This piece originally appeared on PureWow.
Chocolate And Avocado
We thought “ew,” too, but hear us out. Avocados--full of healthy fats--make a creamy and delicious base for chocolate mousse, pudding, smoothies and even muffin mix.
Broccoli and Cheetos
Trust. It’s not disgusting.
Try: Koketsu’s Broccoli with Cheetos
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.
Oranges and Olives
The sweet, citrusy and tangy flavor of oranges pairs nicely with briny pickled olives. Whether prepared in a sweet dessert like orange and olive oil cake or a savory poultry dish, the flavor just works.
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.
Blueberries and Steak
A sweet and tart blueberry steak sauce happens to be a Florentine specialty. We love topping our flank steak with a blueberry balsamic sauce or keeping it simple by tossing steak and berries together in a salad.