6 Strange but Delicious Food Combinations

| by Natasha Shine

I went to Pittsburgh once and tried one of their famous Primanti Brothers sandwiches: meat, lettuce, tomato, and coleslaw and fries. Yep, that’s right: cole slaw and fries inside the sandwich. It’s surprisingly delicious. Ever since then, of course, I’ve been hooked on squishing my side dishes inside my sandwich (turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potato on whole wheat; egg salad and green beans on rye).

These usually aren’t particularly strange flavor combinations per se, since you’d eat all those things on the same plate, but lately this practice has led me down a road towards combining some things that normally I’d keep separate.

Below, I bring you 6 Strange but Delicious Food Combinations.

1. Potato chips in Salad Sandwiches

potato chips
A nice tuna salad or chicken salad sandwich is a wonderful thing. But all that yummy mayo can make the bread soggy. Why not add some crunch?

2. Coffee in Yogurt

bowl of yogurt
I often keep plain yogurt around the house. It’s just good for so many things (baking, making sauces) and with pieces of fresh fruit it makes an excellent breakfast. But sometimes I need a stack with a boost. Personally, I prefer dark espresso, but a nice flavored coffee (French vanilla, hazelnut) can also be delicious.

3. Cheddar Cheese and Apple Pie

cheddar cheese
This classic seems to have fallen out of style a little. I think it’s time to bring it back. The sharp, salty cheddar really complements the gooey apple. Best served hot, with a thick slice melted over the top of each piece of pie.

4. Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich

I like sandwiches, can you tell?
peanut butter and bacon
Bacon goes great with peanut butter. Both are salty, but have different types of flavors. The creaminess of peanut butter goes great with the crispiness of the bacon. Mayonnaise optional.

5. Salted Watermelon

watermelon slices
Why is this so good? Is it just a simple matter of yin and yang? Or is it because the salt absorbs some of the watermelon and makes it taste more flavorful? I’m not sure what’s at work with this combo, but it’s delectable.

6. Cayenne Pepper and Mango

mango cubes
Mango has an interesting flavor all on its own, but the cayenne really just gives it a nice kick. Plus, red and orange look pretty together.
Sometimes when the cupboard is bare, you stumble across some random ingredients and throw them together, and presto! a strange new snack is born.

What are your favorite unusual food combinations?


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