15 Weird Food Combinations Chefs Secretly Love
No one would ever think to combine these foods. But when these chefs did, they made mouthwatering dishes.
Red grapes and pimento-stuffed olives
Chef and owner of Angeline in New Orleans, Alex Harrell, loves to combine the sweet and salty flavors of red grapes and pimento-stuffed olives. He’ll pop them in his mouth one after the other. The flavors are even better if the olives are room temperature and the grapes are cold, Harrell says. Try eating these food combinations that can dramatically boost your health.
Corn on the cobb and cream cheese
“I like to slather Philly Cream Cheese on my corn on the cobb,” said Executive Chef Justin Cucci, Owner of Edible Beats Restaurant Group. “I love it because it’s tangy, it’s creamy, it’s like creamed corn with all the texture of regular corn.”
Marshmallows and popcorn
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This sweet and salty food combo is the perfect movie snack. Chef Shawn Burnette, of Putnam’s Pub & Cooker in Brooklyn, has been a fan of marshmallows on popcorn since he was a child.
Chocolate and tuna
Courtesy Fishmonger's Market
Chocolate-Covered Tuna Crudo is Celebrity Chef Frankie Terzoli’s go-to weird food combination. He coats fresh tuna in powdered dark chocolate with chili sauce, vinegar, and smoked salt to balance out the sweet and smoky flavors. Food fact: You should never, ever eat these foods by themselves.
Fruit and cactus
courtesy Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tropical Smoothie Café just introduced their new Citrus Cactus Smoothie. Don’t worry though; there won’t be any cactus spines in your drink. It’s a blend of fresh cactus, orange, apple, mango, pineapple, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Fresh cactus is an extremely rare ingredient, and it’s only used in about two percent of restaurants, so you’ll want to try it before supplies run out.
Candied bacon and pickles
courtesy Tavern62 by David Burke
Chef David Burke, Executive Chef at Tavern62 by David Burke, serves this famous combination at his restaurant. He coats the bacon with maple and black pepper and serves it with pickles and a lime.
Chocolate and avocado
courtesy Chef Leigh Anderson
Everyone loves chocolate, so when you combine it with this trending food it’s guaranteed to be a crowd favorite. Leigh Anderson, food blogger and private chef, combines the ingredients to make delicious cookies.Check out 10 more brilliantly simple cooking tips from a celebrity chef..
Eggplants and bananas
Chef Scott Walton of Acorn in Pittsburgh loves this weird food combo. “You can cook it down together for a caponata or simply place sliced eggplant and banana on a grilled baguette paired with a salad of mixed greens tossed with lime and Thai Basil,” says Walton. “The banana helps balance the bitterness in the eggplant.”
Balsamic vinegar and vanilla ice cream
This food combo is perfect for any sweet tooth that also loves savory flavors. Certified Master Chef for Colavita Ken Arnone loves to whip up this unique dish for many of his clients.