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Peculiar Pairings / Strange Sides

LoBrauHouseFrau Oct 6, 2010 04:08 AM

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. masha bousha Oct 6, 2010 04:21 AM

    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.

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      weezycom Oct 6, 2010 08:45 AM

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

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        LoBrauHouseFrau Oct 6, 2010 11:31 AM

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

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        tastesgoodwhatisit Oct 6, 2010 10:51 PM

        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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          TheDewster Oct 8, 2010 09:34 AM

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

        2. buttertart Oct 7, 2010 08:51 AM

          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
            BobB Oct 8, 2010 09:05 AM

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

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            Tonality666 Oct 8, 2010 09:30 AM

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

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              jhopp217 Oct 8, 2010 09:46 AM

              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. almansa Oct 8, 2010 12:13 PM

                I saw banana pudding with caviar in Art Culinaire once.

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                  L987 Oct 8, 2010 07:14 PM

                  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. boyzoma Oct 8, 2010 12:16 PM

                  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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                    BobB Oct 8, 2010 01:11 PM

                    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!

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                      weezycom Oct 8, 2010 01:13 PM

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

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                      mariacarmen Oct 9, 2010 11:56 PM

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

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