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'!
PEANUT BUTTER + CURRY
, 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
Tomato who? Bruschetta's true calling turns out to be goat cheese, strawberry and a splash of balsamic on toast
COFFEE + LEMON
Try it in a coffee granita
, an Italian specialty in which frozen, slushy coffee meets lemon zest and whipped cream.
COCONUT + EGG
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
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
When melty meets sweet, they can't be beat. Caramelized pineapple quesadillas
are a flavor explosion you never
BANANA + BACON
Elvis would be proud
of these sweet and salty banana pancakes with crispy bacon
TUNA + ORANGE
Hear us out: tuna with orange
is the new black.
ROSEMARY + NECTARINE
Test drive this combo in a whiskey sour
, on an upside down cake
, or atop a goat cheese tart
CHOCOLATE + BEET
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.