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.
Champagne and Watermelon
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This delicious treat is perfect on a hot summer day. Corporate Chef Daniel England of OMG Hospitality Group recommends cutting the watermelon into large triangles, laying them flat on a baking tray, and submerging them in your favorite champagne. Let the slices soak for 24 hours. Then, add some chopped mint and enjoy.
Beets and dark chocolate
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“The earthiness of the beets highlights the sweetness of the chocolate,” says Executive Chef Sean Thompson of Chops Lobster. He loves to pair a dense, dark chocolate with beet sorbet.
Pears and blue cheese
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Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef at Hello Fresh, thinks that pairings are best when they are done in small doses. One of her favorites is a pear with blue cheese. “The sweetness in the pear balances the strong robust flavor of the blue cheese and somehow they compliment each other and bring out the best in both ingredients,” she says. You’ll want to read up on these secrets that TV chefs won’t tell you.
Oranges and chili flakes
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“The combination is sweet, sour, salty, and spicy—every flavor at once in a single bite,” says Ethan Frisch, former chef and founder of Burlap & Barrel. The orange on the left is sprinkled with silk chili flakes and the one of the right has Urfa chili flakes.
Fried chicken and champagne
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Confession: We want three orders of this dish! These two foods are the perfect combination of classy and greasy. “’The unique combination of buttermilk-fried chicken and fizzy champagne is more than a southern staple. The champagne’s effervescence and acidity actually keep your palate crisp as you enjoy the salty and savory chicken, making the combo the ultimate power couple,” says Chef Michael DeMaria co-owner of the food truck Fried & Fizzy. Next, find out which foods even professional chefs cook in the microwave.