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May 24, 2007 06:51 PM

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

There sure are alot of things that you wounld'nt think would taste good together that do.
Today I made a grilled chicken breast sandwich on a cinnamon raisin bagel,mayonaise and mustard on a whim and to my surprise I actually loved it and will make it again.
We all have different tastes but some pairings may not be as weird.Most of mine come on a whim.

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  1. one of the best sandwiches I ever had was shrimp salad on Irish soda bread, at Serendipity in Manhattan. It's been years, but I'll always remember that combo. I love the savory/sweet combination in general.

    or blue cheese drizzled with honey? Delicious.

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    1. re: cafecreme

      A slice of sharp cheddar on a Ginger Snap...been a favoite since I was a kid.

      1. re: bubbles4me

        I once tried a chocolate "teddy graham" with sharp cheddar - so good.

        1. re: bosun

          My boyfriend always gets mad at me for wanting scones with butter, raspberry jam and sharp cheddar. My sistes add bacon, too.

          1. re: bosun

            I've always loved the chocolate/cheese combo too. I remember when I was little I watched a show with a fictional product called Chocolate Cheese. One day I randomly flashed back to a mention of it, and I had to try to create it somehow. I forget how I did it, but it was something!

              1. re: buttertart

                i've never even heard of velveeta cheese fudge. gyaaack!

                1. re: alkapal

                  What? It's SOUTHERN! according to one recipe on the web at least. I'd try it.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    Been Southern my whole life and I've never seen it. Gack.

                      1. re: Leepa

                        Maybe it's regional in the south because I've seen had it. It's not cheesy tasting at all.

                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                          It probably is. Many people don't realize that Southern isn't one big regional cuisine but many.

                          Not that the original poster thought that, just sayin'. : )

                    1. re: alkapal

                      HEY! Don't knock it till u try it!! It's the ONLY fudge I make now for Christmas and EVERYBODY looooves IT! :) .....NO one knows the secret ingred until I tell 'em and then they CANNOT BELIEVE IT!! SOO gooood and creamy! ...NO "CHEESE TASTE" AT ALL!

                      1. re: TeriPie

                        Maybe because there's no "cheese taste" in velveeta!!!!???

                        1. re: sandylc

                          LOL..have to agree with u on that one sandylc! ;-)

                    2. re: buttertart

                      This is going to happen (without the deadly pecans) in the near future. I'll post results!

                      1. re: AndrewPF

                        I actually wanted to make it myself. There are several more recipes on the web.
                        If (and I know this is a big if) you like fruitcake, it's dynamite with aged Cheddar cheese, by the way.

                        1. re: AndrewPF

                          You still out there, AndrewPF? Didja do it?

                        2. re: buttertart

                          Had a cousin who made it when I was a kid. Could have emptied that pan! Better with nuts in it though. I used to bring it to work and the pan would clear out with raves...then I would tell them what it is! The looks of shock were hilarious but they couldnt deny it was delicious...better than any other fudge. Now I gotta make some...for crimeny sake, I was trying to lose 5 lbs!

                          1. re: buttertart

                            I thought this only applied to FOOD! Velveeta is Not really food, it chemistry. :=)

                              1. re: miriamjo

                                poor velveeta.

                                once atop the pinnacle of bogus nacho goodness and creamy casserole heaven… now relegated to the trash heap of…well…. trashy food. it does melt well, and they used to have a "mexican" version…..

                                poor velveeta, we hardly knew ya!
                                um, p.s., we know about your ever-popular trysts with that ro-tel gal. so don't go singin' the blues quite yet.

                        3. re: bubbles4me

                          Most of my friends think I'm nuts, but I love to dip ginger snaps in orange juice.

                          Oreos+milk for the rest. Ginger snaps+OJ for me!

                          1. re: vanmartin

                            ginger and orange is a perfectly normal combo. I totally get that! good for you. :)

                          2. re: bubbles4me

                            cheddar cheese+peanut butter+granny smith apple slices is a whole lot of awesome!!

                                1. re: jchamberlain

                                  My son's favorite was similar. He liked apples with peanut butter and a slice of bacon. I tried it and it was tasty. However, I liked when my grandma put cheddar cheese in vanilla wafers.

                              1. re: cafecreme

                                A chunk of Maytag Blue, Bleu D'Auvergne & Clemson too along with Good-Quality Honey & Crisp Ginger Snaps - makes an extraordinary mini fromage flight.

                                Folks actually think that I "learned" this in one of my fine culinary lessons I've taken through the years, as I often feature this "flight-of-cheese" during cocktail parties. I've discovered presenting good quality blues on vintage Gump china with beautiful fresh cut flowers in sterling mint julep cups puts on a great backdrop for my wacky, yet tasteful concoction of blues, gingersnaps & honey for dipping - this infusion was a mere accident, but a yummie one @ that!

                                1. re: JayVaBeach

                                  Cottage cheese mixed with sweeter and cinnamon spread on toast and popped into the toaster oven is a “legal” weight watchers cheese Danish from the old days.

                                  1. re: laliz

                                    This isn't weird. Half of all WW eat this at some point...

                                    1. re: Jacey

                                      weight watchers ought to be a dirty word.

                                      1. re: haolebaby

                                        actually ww is probably one of the few healthful, effective diet programs.

                                        1. re: haolebaby

                                          WW is pretty good actually. You can eat whatever you want, just watch portion sizes. It's helped my mom a lot.

                                          1. re: serendipity3

                                            I agree wholeheartedly that it is good. No forbidden foods, no set meals, ways to fit in everything and anything. As many fruits and veggies as you want. It is pretty much what we should all be doing anyway.

                                            1. re: CanadaGirl

                                              my sis has lost 40 pounds on ww since summer....

                                  2. re: cafecreme

                                    a long time ago I used to put cottage cheese in the microwave for a minute with sugar ad cinnamon. Sounds gross, but it was good...

                                    1. re: cafecreme

                                      another sweet savory pairing is ricotta cheese, banna a handful of mixed berries and brown sugar all on sourdough bread put under the grill its very yummy!

                                      1. re: umbushi plum

                                        This isn't sweet-savory, but I LOVE ricotta on bread w/raw sugar and cinnamon. I also like to mix in a little orange and/or lemon zest then spread on bread and drizzle with honey.

                                      2. re: cafecreme

                                        We just tried the honey on blue cheese thing (Valdeon, to be precise) and it was great. Not so good with Roquefort, so I guess it depends somewhat on the cheese involved :-).

                                        1. re: grayelf

                                          Gorgonzola and roast ripe figs makes for a delicious appetizer.

                                          1. re: racer x

                                            looove that. sometimes i drizzle honey over goat cheese stuffed roasted figs!!!

                                            1. re: racer x

                                              Nothing odd about that. Bud throw in some arugula and switch the gorgonzola to goat and you have one of the greatest summer salads around.

                                              1. re: racer x

                                                For a Tasty Treat, try a bite of a CRISP chocolate chip cookie and a bite of your favorite Apple at the same mouthful. My, my...

                                            2. Lots of other posts on this, but I'll bite: cucumbers with garlic salt and watermelon or dill pickles and watermelon.

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                                              1. re: chownewbie

                                                Try drizzling some Sambuca over cut up watermelon....delicious!

                                                1. re: chownewbie

                                                  Pickles and Dubliner cheese (it melts in your mouth plus has crunchy bits in it!!) (also for some reason really good with milked-up tea)

                                                  Cheeze-its and Louisiana hot sauce, Cheeze-its and pickles! (these got me through law school!)

                                                  Banana guacamole with LOTS of ground ancho

                                                  Avocado and sauerkraut sandwich with mayo and mustard (I will only eat BUBBIE'S sauerkraut)

                                                  Oh, Cheeze-its and sauerkraut!!! mmmmmm

                                                  A bite of peanut butter on toast, followed by a mouthful of V8 heavily spiked with Louisiana hot sauce (my morning ritual)

                                                  Chicken sandwiches with blue cheese and sliced peaches (discovered that one in the UK)

                                                  Watermelon is a MUST for the beach - completely counters all the salt taste in your mouth.

                                                  Peanut butter whipped up with apple cider vinegar over noodles . . . mmmmmm

                                                  p.s. once I discovered the beauty of Cheeze-its with all things pickle-y, I quickly packed on like 20 lbs. So beware, thar be dragons!!

                                                  1. re: seviya

                                                    I have to say that chicken sandwiches with blue cheese and peaches sound delightful to me! I'm going to have to try that one at home...

                                                    1. re: vorpal

                                                      I must second the blue cheese, peach and chicken theory. They're wonderful, goes really great together.

                                                    2. re: seviya

                                                      That sauerkraut combo sounds incredibly interesting.

                                                      Peanut butter is actually great with strawberry cream cheese and aged balsamic vinegar.

                                                      1. re: seviya

                                                        What's "banana guacamole"? Or was that bananas with guacamole?

                                                        1. re: piccola

                                                          This might be pretty weak compared to Bananna Gauc; however; as a child a guilty pleasure is a bannana wrapped in American Cheese..... Yep its pretty incredbile.....

                                                        2. re: seviya

                                                          Cheez-its with:
                                                          -peanut butter
                                                          -cream cheese
                                                          -just about anything
                                                          i love them so much...

                                                      2. I love this kind of creativity! As a child, I liked Triscuit crackers spread with butter, sprinkled with sugar. Here are some I enjoy as an adult:

                                                        Egg salad, made with mayo, chile powder, raisins and a little salt.

                                                        Blue cheese, smoked oyster and basil on a saltine cracker.

                                                        Sesame balls (Chinese dim sum) with Yank Sing chile pepper sauce.

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                                                        1. re: sondrac

                                                          hahahha, I just cracked up at the sesame balls with Yank Sing comment. I love this combination and get made fun of for it all the time! I thought I was the only one

                                                          1. re: sondrac

                                                            mm oyster and blue cheese on saltine with basil hmm mmm

                                                          2. My boyfriend likes PB & mustard sandwiches, but he's got problems. There's a resto here in Boston that makes a butterscotch fondant with black truffle ice cream that's just wonderful.

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                                                            1. re: tatamagouche

                                                              My husband loves peanut butter sandwiches dipped in French's mustard. I can't bring myself to even taste it, but he swears by it.

                                                              1. re: valerie

                                                                peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches are where its at! savory...sweet..delicious!

                                                                1. re: icancook

                                                                  YES!!! Totally agree!!! Creamy PB and Lays potato chips...HEAVEN!!!!!

                                                                  1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                    My husband turned me onto Peanut Butter and Mayo sandwiches on toast. Yum! The thought makes most people gag, but it works.

                                                                    1. re: dgreenwood

                                                                      I do this all the time ! PB and mayo sandwiches with banana slices ! Sooo yummy !

                                                                      It does no good for the waistline, thougth.

                                                                  2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                    Im here in boston as well..who makes that ice cream?

                                                                    1. re: bitsubeats

                                                                      Believe Christina's makes it, but the butterscotch-black truffle ice cream is at Gargoyle's.

                                                                    2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                      Is your boyfriend Mark Voucher????!!! He introduced me to pb and m in 1970 (we were 7) and I have yet to find - well, until now - anybody else who had ever heard of this delicious combo. Has to be white bread and American mustard.

                                                                      1. re: tatamagouche

                                                                        One of my favorites is PB, Lettuce & crispy bacon on toast - a BLT only with melting PB which is a nice contrast to the cool lettuce & crispy bacon. NUMMO!

                                                                        1. re: peytonplace

                                                                          I love pb and bacon on toast, but I would have never thought of putting lettuce on it. But what a great idea, because sometimes it can get kind of dry.

                                                                          1. re: cycloneillini

                                                                            Try with tomato instead of lettuce.

                                                                            1. re: piccola

                                                                              Okay ... I have to say I've never tried that. I prefer my peanut butter sandwiches plain peanut butter on bread ... but peanut butter and tomato was a running joke that I had with a friend after listed a whole pile of sandwich ingredients and somehow having it come out with tomato between peanut butter and being able to locate jelly. I'm in shock that those might actually be eaten together ... although I did know a couple people who used to eat peanut butter and salami, so I don't know why I'm surprised.

                                                                              1. re: MilkAndCookies

                                                                                My hubby loves peanut butter and fried egg sandwiches.

                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                  A new friend turned me on to pb & baloney sandwiches. Regular OM brand meat with chunky pb is quite tasty.

                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                    Late to this party but toast with PB, Sriacha and a Fried egg mmmmmm :)

                                                                            2. re: peytonplace

                                                                              PB and kimchi, I've tried this several times (inspired by this post), and am amazed that the PB completely overwhelms the kimchi! I'm still piling on the kimchi and will report back when I've reached Ideal Proportions.

                                                                            3. re: tatamagouche

                                                                              my father in law eats hot dogs on martin's potato bread with french's yellow mustard and peanutbutter.... ugh.

                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                i was with him till the peanut butter. i adore martin's breads and rolls -- esp. for bbq pulled pork.

                                                                                1. re: kubasd

                                                                                  I miss martin's potato bread.. I like ham sandwiches with cheese, mustard, pickles & chips on MPB.

                                                                                  1. re: haolebaby

                                                                                    martin's potato bread is awesome, my fave way is just toasted with butter.... mmm cultured butter with a little sea salt sprinkled on, so tasty.

                                                                                2. re: tatamagouche

                                                                                  Peanut Butter and Nilla Waffers are amazing too!!!!!

                                                                                3. Alltime favorite weird combo.....raisin english muffin, butter, peanut butter toasted with poached eggs on top

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                                                                                  1. re: othervoice

                                                                                    Sounds good to me I might even add some Sriracha.

                                                                                    1. re: othervoice

                                                                                      I like a good PB and J.

                                                                                      Peanut butter and jalepeno! The pickled kind, of course!

                                                                                      1. re: holy chow

                                                                                        Peanut butter and dill pickles on soft wheat. Be sure to drain the pickles well, or you'll have a soggy mess.

                                                                                        1. re: Kinnexa

                                                                                          Your entry gave me an idea. I just tried PB and dill pickle potato chips on toast! the PB is melted & gooey. Thanks for the idea!

                                                                                          1. re: othervoice

                                                                                            Hubby eats fried egg and peanut butter sandwiches.

                                                                                            I like bittersweet chocolate with beer.

                                                                                            Just bought a bittersweet chocolate truffle with shiitake mushroom infused cream in it. Haven't tried it yet.

                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              Sandy, I was just perusing this thread (it's always good for inspiration!) and I have to ask, how was that truffle? It sounds intriguing.... umami with the cream and chocolate? mmmm

                                                                                              1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                Hubby and I shared it - cut it in half.....

                                                                                                We could not detect anything other then chocolate, albeit excellent chocolate......

                                                                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                  awww. At least it tasted good! Thanks!