Although peanut butter and jelly and milk and cookies are iconic food combinations many can’t get enough of, experts chefs explain that some of the best food pairings tend to be the ones you never even would think of. Pairing chocolate with chili and sweet potatoes with peanut butter, for example, can provide your taste buds with an unexpected burst of flavor that you won’t be able to resist.
To see what other exciting food combinations are worth giving a try, we spoke to a handful of experts about all those pairings that will definitely take any meal to the next level.
Of course, some of these you may already know about and certainly weren’t invented by these experts, but you’re likely to find a new favorite. Below are some of the fun food fusions they recommend keeping in mind next time you want to get creative in the kitchen.
Combine chocolate with chili for complementary taste.
“The natural sweetness of chocolate blends well with the heat of chili peppers,” said Claudia Sidoti, head chef, and recipe developer at HelloFresh. That’s why traditional Mexican hot chocolate calls for a pinch of chili powder, she explained.
Pairing blue cheese with pears bring out the best in each other.
“The sweetness in pears balances the strong robust flavor of the blue cheese,” Sidoti suggested. Somehow, they complement each other, and bring out the best in both ingredients, she added.
Serve watermelon with pink salt for contrast.
Sidoti explained that pink salt makes watermelon taste sweeter by creating a salty-sweet contrast that allows the sweetness of the melon to shine.
“Only add a small pinch of salt and evenly scatter it throughout the entire melon,” she said. “If you add too much salt, you’ll lose the sweetness of the fruit,” she added.
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