Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Odd food combinations that just might work!

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Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Odd food combinations are likely seen as “less” odd to some (I.e. Stoners and pregnant women). To them, a peanut butter and pickle sandwich may sound appetizing, others may find it appalling. The following food combinations are unusual but just might work! My husband and I will be the guinea pigs for this article and our reviews of each recipe will be included.

Cream cheese and jelly sandwich

  • Whole grain sandwich bread (or sandwich bread of your choice)
  • Cream cheese
  • Jelly of choice (we used grape)
Odd food combinations

Take a piece of bread (your preference) and spread a desired layer of cream cheese on one side of it.

Taking the other slice of bread, spread your desired jelly on one side.

Place the cream cheese side and jelly sides of each slice of bread together, making a sandwich.

Enjoy!

Our review
Odd food combinations

I chose to use grape jelly on the sandwich and I chose to toast the bread a little to help the cream cheese spread easier. I spread the jelly on one slice and cream cheese on the other. After impressed them together I cut the sandwich in half so that my husband and I could share the experience. I must be honest when I say that the only way this could have been a tasty sandwich would have been the illusion of a stoner or a pregnant woman. I would never put those two foods together again.

My husband did not enjoy the sandwich, though he did say the jelly and cream cheese combination would work well in a pastry of some kind.

Buttered popcorn and soy sauce

Odd food combinations
  • Popcorn
  • Soy sauce (to taste)
  • Melted butter (if popcorn is not already buttered)
  • Extra seasonings if desired (I.e. Garlic powder etc.)

Pop your popcorn as instructed on packaging. We had microwave ultimate buttered popcorn on hand. Once popped, put the popcorn into a large bowl. Add desired seasonings and butter if using them. Top with a drizzle of soy sauce and toss to coat evenly.

Enjoy!

Our review

Seeing as our popcorn is already buttered by the butter and oil in the microwave popcorn packaging, we did not need to add any. We placed the microwave popcorn package in the microwave and popped it as instructed. Once completed, we dumped the popcorn into a large bowl and added soy sauce only. We did not feel the need for more seasonings.

I feel that the soy sauce made the popcorn too soggy and added more saltiness to the already salty popcorn that really wasn’t pleasing to the palate. Also, the flavors were not complimentary in any way.

My husband thought the soy sauce made the popcorn soggy but that the flavors worked together. he suggested using a popcorn machine and adding a few drops to the kettle before the kernels pop to add a hint of the flavor without the soggy texture.

Buttered popcorn and hot sauce

Odd food combinations
  • Popcorn
  • Hot sauce of choice
  • Melted butter (if popcorn is not already buttered)
  • Extra seasonings if desired (I.e. Garlic powder etc.)

Pop your popcorn as instructed on packaging. We had microwave ultimate buttered popcorn on hand. Once popped, put the popcorn into a large bowl. Add desired seasonings and butter if using them. Top with a drizzle of hot sauce (to taste) and toss to coat evenly.

Enjoy!

Our review

A previously mentioned, our popcorn is already buttered by the butter and oil in the microwave popcorn packaging, we did not need to add any. We placed the microwave popcorn package in the microwave and popped it as instructed. Once completed, we dumped the popcorn into a large bowl and added Frank’s hot sauce. As with the previous popcorn recipe, we didn’t feel the need to add more seasonings.

While I do not typically add hot sauce to…well, anything, I did find that the hot sauce added a level of flavor rather than took away from it. Having a sauce on popcorn of any kind is going to make it soggy, which it did. But, the flavors were not terrible and I can see where a stoner or pregnant woman may crave such a snack.

My husband thought the flavors compliment each other well, though the sauce made the popcorn soggy. He suggests adding the got sauce to the kettle of a popcorn machine before the kernels pop to help add the flavor of the hot sauce without creating a soggy texture.

My final recommendation

Most weird food combinations are labeled “weird” for a reason. Most of them probably do not work well together, but once in a while, there might be one that surprises you!

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