04/22/2015 03:57 pm ET | Updated Apr 27, 2015

10 Weird But Magical Flavor Pairings You Have To Taste To Believe

Anyone who's ever tried a peanut butter and pickle sandwich or a bacon-fried Oreo knows that the best flavor pairings often come as a total surprise. But why stop with a singular taste test when you could make entire breakfasts, lunches and dinners of weird yet delicious flavor mashups?

When you can't bear the thought of another boring night of chicken and veggies, it's time to spice things up with abandon. We've rounded up some seemingly bizarre flavor pairings from chefs and food bloggers; they may look incredibly strange, but they taste so great, you'll wonder what you ever did without them. Get cookin'!


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Humphry Slocombe, the legendary San Francisco ice creamery, has mastered this smooth yet spicy concoction. Make your own for dessert, no matter which coast you're on.

GOAT CHEESE + STRAWBERRY peanut butter curry

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Tomato who? Bruschetta's true calling turns out to be goat cheese, strawberry and a splash of balsamic on toast.


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Try it in a coffee granita, an Italian specialty in which frozen, slushy coffee meets lemon zest and whipped cream.

COCONUT + EGG peanut butter curry

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Mornings get a sweet, tropical kick from a coconut oil scramble. Top your eggs with coconut shavings and syrup for ultimate bliss.

LAVENDER + WHITE CHOCOLATE peanut butter curry

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Never has a pair been more refined. Celebrate the delicate natures of lavender and white chocolate by swirling them together in a rich little macaron.

PINEAPPLE + CHEESE peanut butter curry

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When melty meets sweet, they can't be beat. Caramelized pineapple quesadillas are a flavor explosion you never saw coming.

BANANA + BACON peanut butter curry

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Elvis would be proud of these sweet and salty banana pancakes with crispy bacon.

TUNA + ORANGE peanut butter curry

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Hear us out: tuna with orange is the new black.

ROSEMARY + NECTARINE peanut butter curry

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Test drive this combo in a whiskey sour, on an upside down cake, or atop a goat cheese tart.

Chocolate baked goods get an earthy twist from rich, red beets. Think of it as organic red velvet, and try a fudgy dark chocolate beet brownie.

  • Heinz Ketchup And Banana
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    Looks like ketchup isn't just for french fries and burgers anymore. FoodPairing has found that it goes well with bananas, too -- which makes sense considering how sweet ketchup is. See how this combination works in this Almond sponge cake with poached bananas and ketchup ice cream recipe.
  • Bagel And Foie Gras
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    Forget the cream cheese, where's the foie gras? While the actual flavor pairing here is not outrageous, there's just something exciting about combining these two polar opposite ingredients. Bagels, which are available at any New York deli, topped with foie gras, a French delicacy, is definitely a genius pairing.
  • Dark Chocolate And Parmesan
    We can make chocolate go with almost any ingredient, but when it's paired with parmesan it truly is a genius pairing. The two complement each other beautifully, drawing out subtle flavors you might otherwise miss. Give it a try with the Dark Chocolate and Parmesan Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe.
  • French Cheese And Almond Cookies
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    This genius food pairing doesn't call for just any kind of French cheese or almond cookies, but more specifically Caprice des Dieux and Jules Destrooper Almond Thins. Why these two specific brands make a genius pairing is unclear to us, but it sure does sound like a great idea.
  • Iberico Ham And Warm Butter
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    This sandwich has been made in Europe for quite some time, but the FoodPairings site confirms that it's a genius combination. Put that mayo and mustard away, butter will make your old ham sandwich new again. Once you have a taste of this sandwich combination, you'll be wondering why you didn't try it sooner.