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26 Food Pairings That Shouldn't Work… But Do

They're so wrong, they're right

The food world is full of classic pairings: bacon and cabbage, peanut butter and jelly, everything and cheese. But sometimes the true thrill of the kitchen is finding two items that don’t sound they’d match up, and sticking them on a plate.

It shouldn’t work, but your tastebuds, much like Shakira's hips, don't lie.

Well done, you've created a masterpiece. Now, read on, you genius, there are other wild food pairings at stake.

1. Blueberry and ginger

Try them in a tart.

You are welcome.


2. Blood orange and red onion

The two paired in a salad are to be tasted to be believed.

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3. Peach and tomato

Another salad option that'll blow your mind.


4. Bacon maple doughnuts

Let's be real, these two together could only equate happiness.

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5. Chocolate and beetroot brownies

So good, you won't believe they're good for you.

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6. Watermelon, feta and basil

What did I say? Cheese goes with everything.


7. Strawberry and jalapeño

This makes for a cracking dip, side or conversation starter.

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8. Chocolate and avocado

An incredibly delicious dessert these two make, filled with good fats and loads of flavour.

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9. Olive oil gelato

Smooth, grassy, and slightly savoury, this rich olive oil gelato makes for an elegant dessert. A sprinkle of sea salt really tops it off.


10. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar

Sharp, sweet and all kinds of tasty.

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11. Caramel and sea-salt

Both champions in their respective fields, and a winning duo together.


12. Sesame seeds and chocolate

Salty and sweet at its best.


13. Chicken and waffles

A feast of champions.

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14. Mac'n'cheese pancakes

Cheese is a superfood, right?


15. Chocolate and parmesan

Not your average toastie.

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16. Cheese toasties and jam

For the young at heart.

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17. Figs and pizza

Don't forget the honey.

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18. Coca Cola marinated pork

Sweet, savoury and with a tangy kick you'll crave again and again.


19. Chips and milkshake

A party favourite for eight-year-olds to 80-year-olds.


20. Chilli and chocolate

A welcome kick to everyone's favourite sweet product. 


21. Mackerel and banana

Yes, you really did read that correctly.

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22. Banana and bacon

Breakfast foods FTW.

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23. Honey-glazed carrots

Carrots are the dark horse of the vegetable world. Boasting savoury and sweet taste like no other. 

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24. Fruit cake and cheese

An oldie, but a goodie.

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25. Guinness and chocolate

Deep flavour on deep flavour, heaven.

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26. And finally, cheese and honey

You may have tried cheese in a salad with a honey and mustard dressing but it's so much tastier if you try it with pure honey.

A drizzle of honey will also turn ricotta into simple dessert option too. Truly proving that cheese is the food of our generation.

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