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Aug 7, 2010 08:50 AM

Something unusual you put on food

What is something unusual, you put on food?

For example:

Pepper on cantaloupe.
A mix of chili powder and cayenne on pineapple chunks.
Salt on watermelon. Doesn't everybody?
Salt in chocolate or caramel. That one is pretty common.
Sweetened condensed milk on popcorn. Popular in South America
Sweetened condensed milk on toast like jam.
Sour cream and brown sugar on strawberries

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  1. "Sweetened condensed milk on toast like jam"

    I've been doing this since childhood. A modified version is to dip a piece of bread in a beaten egg, fry it up on both sides in butter, and top with sweetened condensed milk. That's a lazy person's French toast - the sugar and milk are moved out of the dip and into the topping instead, and the need for syrup in completely eliminated.

    1. sour cream on rye toast
      salt on Italian bread
      horseradish on burgers
      tabasco on mac&cheese

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      1. re: jenni49

        i love hot sauce in/on mac & cheese - that's actually pretty common.

        1. re: jenni49

          I used to always eat rye bread with sour cream and onions to break the fast, because I didn't like what else they were serving

        2. My entire family and I put salt on French Toast. No syrup, just salt.

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          1. re: MrsT

            When my first wife met my parents for the first time, she served matzoh brei, the Jewish version of French Toast. My father ate it with salt, my mother sugar, my first wife with ketchup, and me with syrup. l am sure each thought the others crazy

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I can get behind every version except the ketchup one! My brother liked his with brown sugar and applesauce; I was a syrup maven. Dad salted/peppered, and mom actually just ate hers as it came because no matter what you do to it, it's so rich.

              1. re: mamachef

                "I can get behind every version except the ketchup one!"

                i always went with preserves OR cinnamon sugar.

                1. re: mamachef

                  I used to put ketchup on matzoh brei. But syrup? No way.

                  1. re: guilty

                    depends on whether you prefer sweet or savory. ketchup makes sense for the salt & pepper direction, but many of us grew up eating it sweet - with cinnamon & sugar, or maple syrup, or fruit preserves.

              2. re: MrsT

                When I was growing up, my mom used to make french toast by dipping bread in beaten egg, frying it, and shredding cheddar cheese on top. I was in my teens before I realized french toast was supposed to be sweet!

              3. My dad liked to melt a piece of cheddar cheese on top of a slice of apple pie, I've tried it that way myself a few times, it can be pretty good.

                I like chopped raw white onions soaked in vinegar as topping for collard greens.

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                1. re: TuteTibiImperes

                  The cheese on apple pie is very old school.

                  There is even a saying. "Apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze."

                  My father and father in law liked it and I am pretty old. Old enough to have grandchildren.

                  1. re: Hank Hanover

                    grated cheddar baked into the apple pie crust is traditional in some regions as well.

                    1. re: Hank Hanover

                      The first time I ever heard about a slice of cheese on apple pie was in the movie "Taxi Driver." That's how Travis Bickle ordered his apple pie.

                  2. my mom does brown sugar and sour cream on strawberries

                    balsamic vinegar and black pepper and a little sugar on strawberries - let macerate

                    ketchup on everything - when i could... even liked it on lobster claws and blackened fish

                    sage or basil on nectarines and peaches

                    poppy seeds and honey on/in chicken salad

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                    1. re: Emme

                      +1 for basil on peaches (or mint)

                      brie and rustic bread with either red pepper hot sauce or dijon or yellow mustard.