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Pairings from the heavens.. what are your favorites?

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I once played with oysters and tomatoes as a pairing and I couldn't believe how well they pair. I would not have thought they would be a great match but the tomatoes were not in raw form (that would probably flop) but cooked down a bit so the acidity was higher. The acidic punch really paired well with the briney soft oysters. Texturally no real difference here.

 

What are your experiments in pairing flavors, good, bad, or indifferent?

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I recently got some Hazelnut oil. I tried it with cooked beets and it didn't really work that well IMO. I tried it with finely sliced raw red cabbage and the pairing was outstanding. In fact I've noticed that red cabbage is wonderful with walnuts or walnut oil too. I'm not sure why, but it just works in my palate. 

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I recently got some Hazelnut oil. I tried it with cooked beets and it didn't really work that well IMO. I tried it with finely sliced raw red cabbage and the pairing was outstanding. In fact I've noticed that red cabbage is wonderful with walnuts or walnut oil too. I'm not sure why, but it just works in my palate. 

 

Absolutely! I love this combination, too. Raw red cabbage, some finely chopped onions and crumbled nuts. Simple vinaigrette with nut oil and a mild vinegar.

post #4 of 8

Things that go with Sriracha Sauce.

 

Raw whole almonds covered in a thin dressing of sriracha & soy sauce...  as a snack - I know weird, but it really works. (better than peanuts imo)

 

Cheap cooked ramen noodles with a sauce made from some cooking water, peanut butter, srirachi, soy sauce and frozen peas.   My cheap college food standby.

 

Cheddar cheese (sharp / old grocery store quality is fine) sliced into 1/8" planks with a small smear of hoisin and a thin line of sriracha sauce down the middle.  

This is an amazing combo of all 5 flavours and packs a ton of umami.   I serve them in little squares and call them umami bombs.

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post #5 of 8

As a child I discovered that my favorite snack food was chocolate and potato chips.  It's a comfort food really, I hardly ever allow myself to pair these because it seems so juvenile and I don't like to partake of junk food often.  But when I'm having a really hard day and need a bit of comfort my go to is alternating bites of chocolate with salty potato chips.  

 

Another unusual pairing is to pair coca cola with eggs.  For whatever reason, when I'm eating eggs is the only time I crave coca cola.  I almost never have soda around the house so I don't indulge in this unless I'm brunching at a restaurant.  

 

Needless to say, these are quite personal pairings and I wouldn't recommend them to foodies lol.

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post #6 of 8

Actually i've done potato chips with a drizzle of hard-setting ganache at a pretty trendy place quite some time ago.

 

In house thick cut potato chips and then once cool - drizzle a stream of chocolate over them.   Sold like crazy... needs plenty of salt like you said though.

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On my neihbouring province, Prince Edward Island (PEI) this actually a thing.
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On my neihbouring province, Prince Edward Island (PEI) this actually a thing.

Glad to know I'm not crazy in thinking this is a good combo.  However, the proportion is all wrong for my taste.  These cow chips are a sweet snack with a touch of salt.  I prefer a salty snack with a touch of sweet.  One small piece of chocolate per one small bowlful of chips is how I go about it.  

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