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Food combinations that shouldn't taste good but do.

RowanGolightly Mar 5, 2012 08:06 AM

I have a friend who is working on ideas to plan a company dinner. She came up with the idea of "Things that shouldn't taste good, but they do" and of course was immediately put on the planning committee.

She's looking for ideas for appetizers, main dishes and desserts.

Zucchini bread
Sweet potato (and pumpkin) pie
Strawberry rhubarb pie
Cocktail meatballs made with grape jelly and chili sauce
Bacon chocolate chip cookies

I've suggested to her my Texican Lasagne and my Bacon-Apple-Gruyere-Pecan fold-ups and some other friends have suggested some things as well.

But I wanted to post this here. Please note; this isn't just weird food combos that you like (my mother lived peanut butter and onion sandwiches *shudder*) but rather, ideas for recipes (or the recipes themselves) for food combinations that don't sound, from the title, as if they'd be good but that are.

Ok, go....

  1. BobB Mar 12, 2012 10:57 AM

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    1. JungMann Mar 12, 2012 09:06 AM

      Watermelon and fried pork or salty cheese (terrific in Mediterranean and Thai salads)
      Peanut butter and meat (Southeast Asian braised beef or noodle salads)
      Peanut butter and pickles
      Soda and ribs (Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper-based sauces)
      Shrimp or scallops and vanilla
      Chicken fingers on maple-iced cupcakes

      1. Duppie Mar 12, 2012 06:56 AM

        Peppermint toothpaste and a cold apple.

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          sasaj1 Mar 11, 2012 08:21 PM

          peanut butter, mayonaise and banana sandwich on Wonder bread with big glass of milk

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          1. re: sasaj1
            RowanGolightly Mar 12, 2012 06:36 AM

            Well, since this is a menu for a party, don't think that would work but it certainly sounds pretty bad!

            My mother used to eat peanut butter and onion sandwiches. *shudder*

          2. eastofnevada Mar 6, 2012 04:11 PM

            Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and fresh ground pepper. Let it sit for 30 minutes, so very good.

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            1. re: eastofnevada
              Big Bad Voodoo Lou Mar 6, 2012 04:13 PM

              Awesome, but even better over good quality vanilla ice cream!

            2. pinehurst Mar 5, 2012 10:07 AM

              If you can get a few decent ones---lightly salted/pepper cantaloupe sections, and of course prosciutto and melon. Watermelon pickles are a favorite in my house, too.

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              1. re: pinehurst
                Tripeler Mar 5, 2012 06:57 PM

                If pears are in season, pairing prosciutto and ripe pears is heavenly.

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                  critter101 Mar 5, 2012 08:16 PM

                  A thin slice of salami wrapped around a chunk of pickled watermelon rind

                  1. re: critter101
                    RowanGolightly Mar 5, 2012 09:08 PM

                    These are all great, thanks!

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                  INDIANRIVERFL Mar 5, 2012 08:40 AM

                  Peanut buttter and yellow mustard open sandwiches. Toast the bread , quarter, and serve as apps. A great depression staple of my father's.

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                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL
                    RowanGolightly Mar 5, 2012 08:44 AM

                    Huh, I'll have to try that one myself, thanks!

                  2. nofunlatte Mar 5, 2012 08:33 AM

                    Kalimotxo--red wine and coca cola. I believe it os Basque. Braised some short ribs in this combination and it was delicious!

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                      Sharuf Mar 5, 2012 08:32 AM

                      Avocados and sardines make a very nice sandwich. Some sliced sourdough, a little mayo -- yum!

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                      1. re: Sharuf
                        RowanGolightly Mar 5, 2012 08:43 AM

                        *gulp* I'll take your word for it. But then, I'm allergic to seafood.

                        But I'll pass the idea along, thank you.

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