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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!

            1. I have to say the chicken and waffles thing is weird. Ordered at restaurant one night and while each was good on it's own, it didn't mesh well.

              I have a spanish deli near where I work and they have fabulous hot lunches and they have traditonal spanish sides that I get with everything I order. Chicken Francese, Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Roasted Pork, Pepper Steak, and sometimes Fried Fish....and what do I get with them....rice and beans!

              1. I saw banana pudding with caviar in Art Culinaire once.

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                1. re: almansa

                  haha that reminds me of a caviar we had here a few years ago.. it was this sandwich style caviar, it comes in a tube and is kinda sweet but salty tasting, not the expensive stuff. Well anyway it was caviar mixed with cream cheese and bananas....

                2. LindaWhit called me on this last week, but we had Rosemary Chicken with chicken salad as a side. Even though they both were chicken dishes, they had completely different taste profiles and went surprisingly well together.

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                  1. re: boyzoma

                    I wouldn't call you on that - it's quite common in fine restaurants to get a dish where one type of animal is prepared in two or three different ways. I've had this with duck, pork, beef, rabbit - why not chicken?

                    Just call it Chicken Two Ways and you're not weird, you're trendy!

                    1. re: BobB

                      And if you do a few BBQ wings, you'll have Chicken Troika.

                    2. re: boyzoma

                      It's true, Boyzoma, what BobB says! You are cutting edge! Sigh....underappreciated in your own time. ( :