What’s Your Favorite Crazy Flavor Combination?

by in News, View All Posts, July 21st, 2010
bacon cupcakes
According to our Facebook fans, everything's better with bacon. Even cupcakes.

We asked for it, and you delivered, with gusto, the wackiest flavor combos you crave. Some pairings were surprising, to say the least (shaved ice with sliced avocado and chocolate sauce on top? Really, Shannon Wahyudi?), but some sounded pretty good to us, like Tracy Schadler‘s salami and honey-walnut cream cheese on rye sandwich, Sara Beth Hanson‘s gouda, pear and anchovy on a Triscuit idea, or Mary Jefferson Rabon‘s pancakes and syrup served with a side of cheddar. A few were quite simple, Larry Marshall‘s favorite, for example: Hershey bars and beer. More still were elaborate  – Donna Malarsie offered up her (healthy) crave-worthy recipe: Quinoa with feta, toasted almonds, orange pieces and dried cranberries tossed with a shallot, dijon, olive oil, lemon dressing, and Bill Hughes made us drool a bit thinking of his Smoked Coffee and Mignonette Pepper-Crusted Leg of Lamb.

The crowd goes wild for mayonnaise.

The most important thing we learned from our little query, however, is that you guys will mix peanut butter, bacon or mayo with anything. (Some even suggested a combo of those 3.) Peanut butter with pickles, PB with cheese, PB and mayo or Miracle Whip sandwiches, peanut butter on cold chicken (this one I can stand behind). And mayo — why is mayo so popular? Can someone explain? Mayonnaise and baked bean sandwiches, PB&J with mayo and pickles, mayonnaise on crackers, mayo on canned pears, a dill pickle, peanut butter, banana and mayo sandwich . . . I could go on but I’m feeling a little ill . . . so on to bacon. As Joyce George points out, chocolate and bacon was once considered an unusual pairing, but now it’s a red-hot food trend, so how can you tell what’s crazy and what’s trendy? We’re not sure what the next big thing is, but we do know that you love bacon cupcakes, bacon brownies, bacon ice cream, zucchini with bacon, crab and bacon sandwiches, bacon and peanut butter sandwiches, bacon and pickles, bacon and raspberry jam, bacon with pickled watermelon . . . it seems you all agree: Everything’s better with bacon.

siberian husky dogI didn’t stop at Facebook though, I also did some old-fashioned investigating to find out what kind of motley mixtures my co-workers were into. When I asked around Food Network’s headquarters, I discovered that Bob Madden, General Manager of our digital department, loves french fries dipped in a Wendy’s frosty, Julia Simon, Interactive Planning Manager here in NY blames her love of popcorn topped with nutritional yeast on her hippie parents, Online Editor Don Berry likes his french toast smeared with peanut butter and maple syrup, and when Grant Dudley, Interactive Planning Manager based in Knoxville, TN, is at home, he often whips up a childhood favorite: ketchup and cheese on toast (microwaved to melt the cheese). And my favorite? Fakin’ Bacon and almond butter on whole wheat toast. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. The most interesting though, was Katherine Alford‘s list of combos. She’s the Food Network Test Kitchen VP, so it was cool to see how her tastes inspire the recipes she creates. For example, she was behind the Siberian Husky dogs in the July/August issue of Food Network magazine. She’s also crazy for blue cheese and pumpkin, watermelon and feta, curry shortbread, peaches and tomato, pasta with apples and tomatoes, endive and bananas and fried grasshoppers and guacamole (what?). I can’t wait to see the recipes these cravings inspire. Except the grasshopper and guacamole, of course.

What’s your go-to comfort combo?

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Comments (18)

  1. hildigunnur says:

    Comfort combo – waffles with Nutella and vanilla ice cream for one.

  2. Evangelina says:

    When i was in high school My breakfast was lays potato chips & hostess chocolate donuts..a bite of each at the same time..the sweetness & saltiness…was incredible……My husband likes peanut butter on flour tortillas.

  3. Ann says:

    I love eating pickle relish, melted butter on toast. Wierd but good. Also ketchup on pizza. Yup I put ketchup on top of the toppings. ;)

    • bbg says:

      ketchup? You might as well forget all of the other ingredients and just eat ketchup out of the bottle. Ketchup – the destroyer of flavor of whatever you put it on.

  4. mary Stewart says:

    mayo, pickles on a saltine cracker. My mom adds peanut butter

  5. Korinn says:

    Baked potato with lemon juice and olive oil and lots of salt and pepper. To drink: buttermilk over ice, mixed with club soda, salt and pepper.

  6. pamela says:

    cream cheese, peanut butter, walnuts and sliced banana between 2 flour tortillas

  7. Kyle Flemming says:

    I like Twinkies infused with BBQ Sauce and a piece of Chicklet gum in the center. I also like any kind of rum mixed with Strawberry Quik.

  8. Susan says:

    I make my grandmother's soup….chicken, beef shin bone, cabbage, onions, parsnips, carrots, celery, leeks, garlic. Eat the broth with egg noodles. Then boil plain white potatoes. Mix on a plate: chicken meat, beef, marrow, carrots, cabbage, the boiled potatoes, homemade cole claw, a tad of juice, and a squirt of yellow mustard. Mix it up with a fork….absolute heaven! (and you'll feel strong enough to leap buildings in a single bound!)

  9. Susan says:

    that would be a tad of the broth…not juice…

  10. My mom's side of the family along with myself put gravy on our cottage cheese. It's my favorite part of Thanksgiving.

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