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Peculiar Pairings / Strange Sides

There are side / main dish pairings that are pretty classic, such as meatloaf with mashed potatoes, burgers with french fries, etc. but I'm wondering if you have any non-traditional combinations you enjoy? One that seems to be popular is chicken and waffles. I like corn waffles with my chili, and usually make mac & cheese with meatloaf. A friend of mine won't eat any pasta in tomato sauce unless she also has corn with it. So what's your favorite peculiar pairing?

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  1. My mom used to make homemade mac and cheese and serve it with breakfast sausage. Everyone I've talked to thinks it sounds nasty but mmmm, it's delicious.

    1. Not a side, but one that I found is horseradish and cranberry sauce mixed together for beef or turkey sandwiches.

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      1. re: weezycom

        Oh, that sounds yummy! I'll have to try that the next time I have a turkey sandwich.

      2. One from my family was waffles with maple syrup and aged cheddar cheese. The sharpness of the cheese goes wonderfully with the sweetness of the syrup.

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        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

          Yup been doing that for years its an english thing learned from gramps who was from Fakenham

        2. Fruitcake and aged Cheddar cheese. Our neighbors from Yorkshire taught my mom this years ago. Each sets off the other brilliantly.

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          1. re: buttertart

            Fruit and cheese are a natural pairing, so that's not TOO weird.

          2. There's a Chilean sandwich shop in Boston that puts steamed green beans in its chicken sandwiches. Sounds bizarre, but is actually quite tasty!