Exciting food combinations?
April 2, 2008 4:57 PM   Subscribe

Grapes in milk... now what?

Recently, someone recommended that I try putting grapes in milk and drinking / eating it. It was more delicious than I expected. Are there any other unusual / unexpectedly delicious food combinations that might make our super boring dining hall more of an adventure? A delicious adventure?
posted by Rinku to Food & Drink (177 answers total) 214 users marked this as a favorite
 
White bread and macaroni salad sandwiches. mmmm
And of course, tater tots and chocolate candy bar eaten simultaneously.

nutrition be damned...
posted by R. Mutt at 5:03 PM on April 2, 2008


Strawberries in milk?

This is one of the weirdest questions I've seen here.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 5:03 PM on April 2, 2008


Doubly wierd because I dropped in thinking about asking a similar question (accidental discoveries prompted by dropping a raspberry in a glass of apple juice - delicious!).
posted by ceri richard at 5:06 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Dark chocolate drizzled over {salted popcorn, salted pretzels, salted peanuts}.

Yoghurt on toast is also good. Especially with fruit on top of the yoghurt.
posted by Tapioca at 5:07 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bacon and Dates go surprisingly well together. However, I forbid this to become another bacon is awesome thread.

This rasberry-chipotle sauce goes really well with Brie.
posted by jeffamaphone at 5:07 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


White bread and macaroni salad sandwiches.

I liked to take mac and cheese that has a nice skin on it, and take that skin and put it inside a nice, squishy dinner role. I also have used Cool Ranch Doritos as a burger condiment. And dipping hot, salty french fries in a chocolate shake is sick-tasty.

I used to smoke pot.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:09 PM on April 2, 2008 [13 favorites]


Are we limited to standard dining hall ingredients?
posted by R. Mutt at 5:09 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Peanut butter on an apple.
posted by Koko at 5:14 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Chocolate-dipped potato chips. Nacho-cheese-dipped popcorn.
posted by unknowncommand at 5:18 PM on April 2, 2008


Vanilla ice cream + tortilla chips
Meatballs + salsa + grape jelly
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:20 PM on April 2, 2008


dry tang on chocolate ice cream

white bread, mustard, left over cold green beans and tomato....mmm
posted by meeshell at 5:20 PM on April 2, 2008


Seconding the fries-in-the-shake idea. It's awesome.

Also, peanuts and grapes are pretty good together.
posted by christinetheslp at 5:21 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter on apples is good. Sour cream on toast pwns youghurt on toast imho, jam is good all mixed in. I've heard black pepper on vanilla ice cream is good, can't speak from experience though.

It's not a combo, but making concentrated OJ in a blender instead of stirring it with a spoon is all sorts of wicked goodness.
posted by glip at 5:22 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I don't know how weird some of these are, but I enjoy fries dipped in ice cream, and cottage cheese and lettuce.
posted by riane at 5:22 PM on April 2, 2008


I really like crumbling Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies over Eggo waffles and eating 'em like tacos.
posted by Plug Dub In at 5:22 PM on April 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Also, if you have those soda/lemonade/etc fountain machines, mix your own soda. Mt Dew + Dr Pepper; etc. vary the proportions, do some science. Orange soda can have surprising effects.
posted by LobsterMitten at 5:22 PM on April 2, 2008


peanut butter on celery, yum.
posted by i love cheese at 5:23 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


you must expand your grapes-in-milk journey to include grapes-in-cereal-in-milk. Obviously, it only works with certain cereals. No sugary ones. The best: cheerios and rice k's. You can thank me later.

The question is good weird though. I look forward to more deliciousness!
posted by milestogo at 5:23 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Bananas sliced in two the long way, then smeared with peanut butter and raisins.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:24 PM on April 2, 2008


Ice cream and/or peanut butter with just about everything but especially fruit. Ice cream to make it tastier and peanut butter to make it more substantial. Grilled peanut butter and marshmallow sandwiches. Pancakes or eggos can substitute as bread for most sandwiches. Smoothies are also good for weird combinations and a good way to sneak healthy foods in with unhealthy ones.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 5:29 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I like...
Bacon and jelly on toast
Potato Chips on any sandwich
Hot pastas dropped on top of salad greens
Grapefruit with brown sugar

and of course, Cocoa Puffs, Marshmallows, Soft Serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:29 PM on April 2, 2008


Bananas and cheese! Bananas and cheese! I love this, and when anyone sees me do it they always look at me strangely, try it themselves, and acknowledge that it's, in fact, pretty good. The cheese should be sharp, but not too sharp. American is fine, but Kraft Singles will work excellently.
posted by suedehead at 5:30 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cucumbers and milk (well, put some vinegar in the milk to sour it, then add salt and pepper). Everyone in my family but me loved this.

LobsterMitten, we called that soft drink combo "swamp juice". Root beer always made the mixture for me.
posted by maudlin at 5:33 PM on April 2, 2008


On the subject of unexpected things to do with grapes, if your dining hall has a make-your-own omelet thing (mine did, on occasion) you might investigate whipping up sausages with grapes, from the NY TImes food blog. A bed of sauteed grapes is really quite delicious, particularly with herby sausage drippings.

Explore your salad bar, if you're not already a frequent visitor to it, and freakin' get those ingredients miscegenating. It's all too easy to go through the main chow line and have somebody scoop up the entree of the day, but you can make delicious and nutritious bowls of weirdness from the stuff on the salad bar. Lettuce, carrots, beets, raisins, crispy chow mein noodles, grape nuts and bleu cheese dressing never tasted so good!

I enjoyed the occasional peanut butter, grape nut and bbq sauce sandwich also. YMMV, but I'd take it back to the dorm and pair it with a medium bodied American ale.
posted by mumkin at 5:33 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Make a vinegary cole slaw with onion. Very little mayo. Forget any sweetening sugar, pickles, etc. It really should come close to making you cry.

Take 2 slices of rye bread. Place one half slice of cheddar cheese (thin) on bread.

Slop on a bunch of slaw, then put on a ton of black pepper.

Enjoy!
posted by oflinkey at 5:33 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Mincemeat in yogurt.

Uncut frozen OJ in yogurt

I have been told instant coffee in yogurt is good. Never tried it myself.

Peanut butter and horsradish on crackers.

Peanut butter combined with chicken broth, half & half heated. Add horseradish to taste.
posted by Raybun at 5:33 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Onions fried in sherry on toast. Really.
posted by ignignokt at 5:36 PM on April 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


This isn't a combination, but I have to rave about it nonetheless: uncooked, mostly-unthawed frozen french fries. You specifically need to find a (usually discount) brand that neither coats the fries with any sort of batter-esque stuff or salts them too much.
posted by thisjax at 5:37 PM on April 2, 2008


sweet cream (or vanilla, i guess; never tried it though) ice cream with black pepper

Sea salt on caramels

Ginger and cherries

ginger and chocolate

Cottage cheese and sour cream 'n' onion chips, preferably Vitner's (went to college in chicago, sue me) sandwiched between lightly toasted bread

obvious, but so delicious it has to be mentioned: peanut butter and chocolate on bread
posted by the druid at 5:38 PM on April 2, 2008


one slab mozzarella, topped with dulce de leche.
eat with knife and fork.
posted by Acari at 5:39 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


oh yeah, seconding the instant coffee in yogurt. . ..mmm
posted by the druid at 5:39 PM on April 2, 2008


Brie on chocolate chip cookies.
posted by Kafkaesque at 5:39 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine couldn't get enough of tomato and cottage cheese sandwiches.
posted by rancidchickn at 5:40 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Seconding bananas and cheese. It's a very strong memory of Mr. Rogers. There was a note left in his kitchen, along with some (Kraft) slices and bananas:

"Wrap cheese around peeled banana, and eat right away."
-- CB"

(Chef Brockett, the neighborhood baker)

Anyone else remember this?

It is quite tasty, and has the added benefit of your kids looking at you funny. :)
posted by eafarris at 5:46 PM on April 2, 2008


PBJPB Sandwich: 2 slices of white bread, one slice of Oscar Mayer Bologna, chunky peanut butter, grape jelly, and sliced dill pickles. I'm not making this up. It's yummy.



Prairie Fire: A shot of tequila with 5 heavy dashes of Tabsaco sauce.
posted by mds35 at 5:47 PM on April 2, 2008


I also have used Cool Ranch Doritos as a burger condiment.

Or Nacho flavored Doritos on a tuna sandwich. Especially if you don't have any lettuce or celery to add the crunch to the tuna salad.

In the "things to put in celery" category, my favorite is pineapple cream cheese (Actually Kraft Pineapple Cheese) and walnuts. So fifties suburbia but so yummy!
posted by lampoil at 5:47 PM on April 2, 2008


sugar and lime juice on a crepe. mmm.
posted by The World Famous at 5:48 PM on April 2, 2008


I do not condone this combo, but my friend loves Vienna Sausages (you know, those baby penis looking things?) smashed onto an Eggo waffle. Blergh. But she thinks it's delicious, and I think it meets your unusual food combination requirements.
posted by peep at 5:49 PM on April 2, 2008


Green tea ice cream covered in Bailey's Irish Cream. Red bean ice cream works too.
posted by mds35 at 5:50 PM on April 2, 2008


Some people like a slice of cheddar cheese melted on their apple pie.
posted by mds35 at 5:52 PM on April 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


Cream cheese mixed with strawberry jelly + 'nilla wafers is crazy good.
Ketchup on eggs... the must be smashed up tho..
And im nthing the ice cream and fries thing.. although i did not think it was odd or unusual. But wendys frosties + fries are the best (choc of course)
posted by CreativeJuices at 5:56 PM on April 2, 2008


Ah. yeah my parents MUST eat their apple pie with a slice of cheese and salt. Also, they salt cookies..... bleck!!!
posted by CreativeJuices at 5:56 PM on April 2, 2008


My favorite childhood sandwich: chunky peanut butter and crispy bacon on squishy white bread, either toasted lightly or not.
posted by not.so.hip at 5:57 PM on April 2, 2008


Hot sauce on waffles (ideally, multi-grain but any will do) or pancakes.

Grated summer sausage and cottage cheese, together on a sandwich - bonus points if you make the sandwich in one of those "sandwich press" things so the outside gets nice and crispy and the summer sausage/cottage cheese mixture gets good and warm.

Chopped green olives (sans pimentos) and peanut butter on toast ... man oh days, that's one of my favorite comfort foods ever ...
posted by zeph at 5:58 PM on April 2, 2008


I love habanero maple pepper on my corn-on-the-cob.
posted by mds35 at 6:00 PM on April 2, 2008


Mrs. me reminds me that our favorite post-fornicatular-bliss combo was slab o' mozzarella and orange juice. Not especially exotic, I know, but fabulous sex makes an excellent seasoning.
posted by ZakDaddy at 6:01 PM on April 2, 2008


Raybun , I must go out right now and try PB & horseradish together. (loves all things horseradish)
posted by CreativeJuices at 6:02 PM on April 2, 2008


(Also, a never to be resolved argument between us: I say always salt watermelon, never salt canteloupe. She says, of course, the opposite.)
posted by ZakDaddy at 6:02 PM on April 2, 2008


ZakDaddy, we always salt AND pepper our cantaloupe!
posted by CreativeJuices at 6:03 PM on April 2, 2008


Bacon and vanilla cupcakes!
posted by blithely at 6:04 PM on April 2, 2008


Cheese and jelly on crackers.

Cheese and peanut butter on crackers.

Cheese and peanut butter and jelly on crackers.
posted by SampleSize at 6:08 PM on April 2, 2008


In my circle of friends I am renowned for my odd mixing of foods...

I have seen many that i do here already.

Peanut butter on any fruit but esp bananas. mmmmm. And add me as another who dips fries in milk shakes. Cheetoes on Peanut Butter and Jelly Sammich.
Black Eyed Peas in Ketchup.

I like to dip a slice of cheese pizza in mashed potatoes. probably the one for which I am most famous.
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 6:11 PM on April 2, 2008


My sisters would only eat greenbeans if they were smothered in applesauce. I tried it. It rocks.

And strangely enough, Kit Kat bars go exceptionally well with Polygamy Porter beer. If you're in Utah, or like to smuggle beer, this is a tenable combination.
posted by notsnot at 6:14 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter and grape jelly on squishy bread dipped into campells chicken and stars soup. perfect get well soon food.
posted by yodelingisfun at 6:15 PM on April 2, 2008


Ok I know there are A LOT of Peanut Butter suggestions, but you HAVE to try:

a Peanut Butter and Bacon Toasted sandwich (preferably with butter slather on the toast before the PB to ensure maximum, triple-threat fat content)
posted by sunshinesky at 6:16 PM on April 2, 2008


Not that unusual considering the latter is often flavoured with the former, but dark chocolate and dark beer (stout, porter, etc.).
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:23 PM on April 2, 2008


Apples and salt. Apples and salty pizza!
posted by asuprenant at 6:25 PM on April 2, 2008


Oatmeal and coffee (sweetened however you like). It's been my breakfast of choice for almost 2 years now. It's delicious! (But everyone I tell says it sounds disgusting). You can't use instant oatmeal or the long cook kind. I buy the Scottish style and let it soak in the hot coffee for 10 minutes. Yum!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:32 PM on April 2, 2008


I also recommend Wendy's fries + a Wendy's frostie. (Not my flickr stream)
posted by chiababe at 6:34 PM on April 2, 2008


Dark bread and watermelon. White bread and green apple slices.
posted by parudox at 6:37 PM on April 2, 2008


Cornbread crumbled into milk and eaten with a spoon is pretty tasty. Common in parts of the south but I still get weird looks when I do it.
posted by EmptyK at 6:39 PM on April 2, 2008


Catsup on buttered toast tangy, sweet and salty

Apple juice and milk.
posted by flummox at 6:41 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter smeared on ice berg lettuce.

Using can pears place 1/2 pear on lettuce leaf, grate mild cheddar cheese over pear, put a dollop of mayo on the pear and top with chopped pecans.
posted by JujuB at 6:43 PM on April 2, 2008


Hard salami and Grape jelly sandwiches

A little butter spread on top of Oreos (This worked even better with Hydrox, but they are, sadly, no more.)
posted by chrisamiller at 6:45 PM on April 2, 2008


melted cheese on apple slices (tart apples are best)
roasted garlic smeared on apple slices
a tiny sprinkle of salt on pancakes (buttered and covered in syrup)
grilled cream cheese sandwich (dipped in syrup for a variation on cream cheese french toast mmm)
grilled peanut butter & jelly
honey on crispy potato wedges
lemonade & iced tea mixed together
lemonade & fruit punch mixed together


(most of these came from the slow periods one inevitably suffers while working at a restaurant)
posted by Polychrome at 6:54 PM on April 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


i've heard fried onions on an ice-cream sundae is super tasty, but i haven't actually tried it...
posted by netsirk at 6:54 PM on April 2, 2008


Brie dipped in jam.
posted by orange swan at 6:55 PM on April 2, 2008


oh and salt and pineapple (fresh) and salt on watermelon, cantelope, tomatoes, grapes, grapefruit, and apples.
and
chocolate and beer
my aunt liked to dip saltines in her cola yuck
posted by meeshell at 6:59 PM on April 2, 2008


Forgot to mention PB and grape sandwitch
posted by Raybun at 7:06 PM on April 2, 2008


has anyone ever tried milk and pepsi? that was laverne's favourite drink on "laverne and shirley". i've always been too nervous to try it myself, imagining it would get lumpy somehow...
posted by phoeniciansailor at 7:12 PM on April 2, 2008


Banana sandwich! Banana, peanut butter and mayo!!
Tomato sandwich! Big, summer tomatos, sliced on white bread with mayo and salt and pepper! The juicier the better!!
nthing salt on watermelon! I'm hungry now!
Good Eats!
posted by pearlybob at 7:12 PM on April 2, 2008


I eat PB and Tobasco sandwiches.
posted by sourwookie at 7:13 PM on April 2, 2008


Cool Ranch Dorito's on a Peanut Butter sandwich is fantastic.

This reminds me of the scene in "The Breakfast Club" when Ally Sheedy's character takes out a piece of white bread, crushes Cap'n Crunch all over it, and then pours sugar-pixie sticks on top, takes a huge bite, and washes it down with a can of Coke.
posted by sprocket87 at 7:16 PM on April 2, 2008


Steamed rice, milk, big glob of peanut butter.
posted by M Edward at 7:17 PM on April 2, 2008


My mom loves potato chips on ice cream

Apples and feta makes a great breakfast

Peanut butter and Ramen = Thai noodles

Sourcream or cottage cheese and Ramen = stroganoff

my favorite pizza: Feta, pineapple and pepperoncini

Stout, a shot of espresso and vanilla icecream = joy
posted by The Light Fantastic at 7:19 PM on April 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


grape jelly on top of a grilled cheese sandwich. put the jelly on after the sandwich is cooked, just before you eat it. yum!
posted by LizardOfDoom at 7:22 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter rice soup. Seriously. (Make rice in illegal dorm room rice cooker. After eating a normal serving with "real" food, make leftover rice into rice porridge by covering with water and simmering in illegal rice cooker. Add in one heaping spoonful of chunky peanut butter. Cook until rice turns into a thick porridge.)
posted by brina at 7:22 PM on April 2, 2008


phoeniciansailor, I have done the milk and Pepsi. It's actually pretty good.
posted by mds35 at 7:25 PM on April 2, 2008


EmptyK, Im from SC and we call that "Cornbread n' Milk". We do it a little different, cornbread, onions, tomatoes, milk, salt and pepper. It is so freakin good!!
posted by CreativeJuices at 7:29 PM on April 2, 2008


These usually get quizzical looks: cream cheese and ketchup sandwiches. Or butter and ketchup.

It's a vegetable, y'know
posted by Quietgal at 7:33 PM on April 2, 2008


Along the line of grapes . . . grapes dipped in sour cream and then rolled in brown sugar. Holy cow.
posted by Sassyfras at 7:35 PM on April 2, 2008


Steamed rice, milk, big glob of peanut butter.

Steamed rice, milk, honey.
posted by Sassyfras at 7:36 PM on April 2, 2008


Ok, last one - hot cherry peppers, sardines, served on crackers.
posted by Sassyfras at 7:37 PM on April 2, 2008


toasted bagel cream cheese and bacon sandwich
avocado with salt and honey
chocolate chip bacon cookies
strawberries and balsamic vinegar
cocoa rubbed smoked ribs
sour cream and onion coated chicken tenders
honey and lime juice on watermelon
hot buttered popcorn with m&ms thrown in the mix
(these might be weird but not your usual mix anyway)

super weird - kool aid pickle (google it)
posted by fumbducker at 7:38 PM on April 2, 2008


popcorn + schlafly's pale ale (or perhaps any pale ale will do...) = pizza crust flavor. Seriously, tastes like magic.

there's a local baker that makes chicken salad with apples and grapes. i don't even like chicken salad but this stuff is devastatingly good.

Orange juice blended with white chocolate powder. Tastes like a dreamsicle/creamsicle.

Awesome question!
posted by chara at 7:39 PM on April 2, 2008


sorry meant might not be weird..
posted by fumbducker at 7:39 PM on April 2, 2008


pumpernickel bread spread with a light layer of raspberry jam and then a thin slice of swiss cheese, run under the broiler.
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:43 PM on April 2, 2008


tuna salad mounded on a canned peach half. I was traveling for work in Belgium and they served it in the company cafeteria. My coworkers swore that it was some kind of local classic. Delicious!
posted by cabingirl at 7:45 PM on April 2, 2008


Ingredients: scrambled eggs, hash browns, onion bagel, cream cheese, Tapatio, ketchup, cracked pepper, lobster bib.

Step 1: Toast onion bagel, and smear with cream cheese.
Step 2: After cooking, mix hashed browns with copious amounts of Tapatio.
Step 3: Pour ketchup on scrambled eggs, mix well.
Step 4: Take hash browns and layer them on top of bagel. Smoosh down with fork.
Step 5: Take scrambled eggs+ketchup, and gingerly layer them atop the hash browns. Again, smoosh down with fork.
Step 6: Crack pepper over your mountain of yum.
Step 7 (Optional): Smear 2nd half of bagel with cream cheese, and top off your concoction.
Step 8: Devour! Rejoice!

(The bib is because things can get messy.)

Also, our local pizzeria makes a veggie pizza to die for. They use pesto instead of marinara, and top it with mozzarella, artichoke hearts, garlic, tomatoes, red onions, and cashews. It's really the last ingredient that makes it so magical. If you eat this drizzled with our not-so-secret-sauce (Tapatio* + ranch dressing), you will be in flavor heaven.


Ooooo, also: blueberries with candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette. Mmmmmmm, delicious!

* We go through a lot of Tapatio in our house....
posted by numinous at 7:45 PM on April 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


A spoonful of peanut butter on a pickle. Sounds weird. Is delicious. (Don't knock it till you try it.)
posted by purpleclover at 7:48 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter and bacon bit sandwiches.

Cheese and sugar (cheddar with white sugar, milder cheese with brown).

A slice of turkey wrapped around a pickle.

Oreos dipped in General Foods International Coffee powder.

Oreos dunked in tap water (I didn't drink milk as a teenager and this is how I got my Oreos moist).
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:03 PM on April 2, 2008


i don't know if this is "weird" but cheese and honey together equals amazing. mozzarella, fontina, even cheddar. all are delicious with honey.
posted by kerning at 8:04 PM on April 2, 2008


Chicken soup and vanilla ice cream. Two bowls, one spoon.
posted by beccaj at 8:13 PM on April 2, 2008


Hummus and Raspberry jam on a bagel. Oh, you think the sweet 'n' fruity will clash with the beany 'n' garlicy, but it's delectable.
posted by gyusan at 8:14 PM on April 2, 2008


ice dipped in honey. no joke.
posted by Sassyfras at 8:14 PM on April 2, 2008


Really fruity extra virgin olive oil on vanilla ice cream. I know you're laughing, but it works!

One more:

Red wine and coke (coca-cola, that is). I think I've seen it discussed before here - it's popular with the friends over in Barcelona, particularly when the wine is bad/cheap.
posted by gyusan at 8:17 PM on April 2, 2008


peanut butter tacos. you smear some peanut butter in a taco shell (I prefer chunky peanut butter) then add your meat, cheese, etc. My (Japanese!) mom always made them this way and they are AWESOME.
posted by dogmom at 8:34 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter, raisin, honey and Textured Vegetable Protein sandwich on whole wheat
Caramels toasted over a fire and squished between two Ritz Crackers
Sliced up bananas in milk with sugar sprinkled on top, eaten with a spoon
Flour tortillas smeared with chocolate pudding (esp the kind that comes in little cups)
Tomato soup with popcorn floated on top
Soda crackers dipped in chocolate
A lot of kids I know mix together bacon bits, ranch dressing, and croutons
posted by summit at 8:38 PM on April 2, 2008


Raspberry jam and a thick slab of pepperjack cheese (best on toast). Delicious, I promise.
posted by sciapod at 8:40 PM on April 2, 2008


Cinnamon toast with peanut butter!

I had a teacher in elementary school put PB on his hot dogs, which I always thought was weird. And my dad eats condensed mushroom soup right out of the can-- he says its like "cold mushroom jello."
posted by riane at 8:43 PM on April 2, 2008


Omellete -- filling: dollop of sour cream & finely chopped onion | topping: chopped strawberries.
posted by ericb at 8:43 PM on April 2, 2008


I agree with the cheese and jam/fruit combinations above.

Try various jams and honeys with stinky cheeses on toast points and/or water crackers.
posted by ericb at 8:49 PM on April 2, 2008


1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with doritos in between the pb and j

2. maple syrup and cereal on ice cream
posted by jockc at 8:51 PM on April 2, 2008


This might be a little on the obvious side of weird, but: any toffee-based ice cream (Friendly's used to make a nougat-flavored one, with caramel and chocolate and toffee bits, that is A> amazing and B> gone) plus Cinnamon Toast Crunch + honey makes for the single greatest sundae I have ever had. Try not to let the honey freeze too much. This also works with vanilla-based ice cream, and cookie dough is pretty good, but the ultimate version definitely takes toffee.

Peanut butter has been suggested as an addition, but the original version is so close to deadly that I haven't yet tried it.

On preview: Maple syrup + cereal is pretty similar. It's on my list to try now.
posted by DoubleMark at 8:54 PM on April 2, 2008


Shockingly delicious:

Grated carrots
raisins
lemon juice


In a bowl.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 9:17 PM on April 2, 2008


Salted popcorn dipped into peanut butter and raspberry jam! Mmmm.
posted by ericb at 9:23 PM on April 2, 2008


Whoever invented the ham with pineapple on pizza combination, you rock.

My sister and I used to place Ritz crackers in the oven to heat up topped with giant marshmallows until they were both crunchy on the outside with top part gooey on the inside. Tasted especially good summers just home from the swimming pool.

Lots of salt/sugar blends here. I wondered if this was a male-dominated thread til I started remembering these snack deviations I crave mostly during PMS, so maybe there's nothing to do with gender...
posted by skyper at 9:29 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter on dill pickles.

And I can't say enough about vanilla ice cream with a little natural chunky peanut butter drizzled on top. You can also add honey. YUM.
posted by paleography at 9:38 PM on April 2, 2008


Lots of salt/sugar blends here. I wondered if this was a male-dominated thread til I started remembering these snack deviations I crave mostly during PMS, so maybe there's nothing to do with gender...
Salty/sweet combo snacks are very popular:
HERSHEY'S Sweet & Salty granola bars.

Kellogg's Sweet & Salty Granola Bars.

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Granola Bars.
posted by ericb at 9:38 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


ha! no-one has done my favorite of graham crackers and cream cheese: instant cheesecake.
posted by fishfucker at 9:52 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Vanilla ice cream and salsa. I was skeptical too, but it works a lot better than you'd think.
posted by Nelsormensch at 9:52 PM on April 2, 2008


Mashed potatoes and lettuce, a favorite of mine from elementary school lunches.

Actually, mashed potatoes and a lot of things, such as fruit, and mac and cheese. And I will put bacon on anything.
posted by internet!Hannah at 10:06 PM on April 2, 2008


This isn't dining hall, but when I used to work at wendy's we'd mix the chocolate frosties with cherry coke. Really good.
posted by lilac girl at 10:06 PM on April 2, 2008


Salty/sweet combo snacks are very popular

No doubt, at least since peanut M&Ms were invented (or just plain ones added into homemade trail mix with nuts, sunflower seeds & craisins)

Was more intrigued with the consistency of salt/sweet in a thread otherwise rife with huge variety of the 'unlikely' combos. It made me think, whether or not justified, of a bachelor-type (did I just stereotype?) tendency for reaching into the fridge/cupboard late at night and concocting new solutions with whatever was there --

Anyway then I realized what I'd left out of my earlier post: my other salty/sweet-tooth favorite, potato chips dipped in applesauce.

Count me among the Wendy's fries-dunked-in-a-Frostee fans, too.
posted by skyper at 10:07 PM on April 2, 2008


Chocolate chip mint ice cream (Breyer's is my favorite for this) with salted Spanish peanuts (the kind with the red skins). So goddamed good. I used to laugh at my dad for eating this when I was a kid but I have grown to love it.
posted by otolith at 10:12 PM on April 2, 2008


More peanut butter love!
My dad liked peanut butter and onion sandwiches. My mom liked peanut butter, pickle, and mayo sandwiches. From my dad, I learned to smear a layer of peanut butter on top of a grilled cheese sandwich. From my mom, I learned to make a breakfast of bread, peanut butter, and an arrangement of the little marshmallows toasted under the broiler until the marshmallows got kind of blackened and crunchy of top, but still all melty underneath.

Oh, and my late granddad used to put a handful of Spanish peanuts into a bottle of Coca-Cola. Sweet, salty, carbonated, and crunchy!

I feel so sorry for all the folks with peanut allergies!
posted by lilywing13 at 10:17 PM on April 2, 2008


Salt in lemonade.

Also, Tastes that, surprisingly, go well together on the other website worth reading.
posted by eritain at 10:17 PM on April 2, 2008


Frozen blueberries in milk is a long time family treat at my house. Definitely frozen.
posted by salvia at 10:23 PM on April 2, 2008


God, I'm starving now.

Had a friend in college who used to douse his fries in a mixture of mayo, mustard (the bright yellow kind) and horseradish. We thought it was to keep us from eating his fries, because it looked so gross. Then I tried it: Heaven!

And this: mix sour cream and dark brown sugar, use as dip for fruit. Grapes are perfect.
posted by rtha at 10:24 PM on April 2, 2008


Way late to the party here, but I've enjoyed eating Wendy's fries along with their Frostys. The hot, dry, salty fries and the cold, dripping sweetness of the Frosty really clicked.

Also, my mother loves to tell people about how she used to drop roasted peanuts into her bottled Coca-Cola as a kid. I've never tried it, though.

On preview: Wow, half of Metafilter is jonesing for the french fry-Frosty mix.
posted by Rhaomi at 10:45 PM on April 2, 2008


Peanut butter bacon burger
Peanut butter pickle sandwich
Imitation "krab" and guacamole
Chili with a dollop of ranch dressing mixed in
Orange juice and a chocolate bar
Salami, Canadian bacon, and goat cheese pizza

I have really creepy taste in food sometimes.
posted by evilcupcakes at 11:21 PM on April 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Shredded lettuce mixed in to hot foods immediately before serving.
Pasta sauce, chili, beans on toast, soup... it's all gold.
posted by rhinny at 11:49 PM on April 2, 2008


in to = into

tired
posted by rhinny at 11:50 PM on April 2, 2008


Junior mints and popcorn
Tomato juice and orange juice half & half with chili powder on glass rim. Serve it with a shot glass of tequila - it's called Sangrita in Mexico Try it!
posted by lois1950 at 12:21 AM on April 3, 2008


I've always loved taking a kit kat and wrapping it in a slice of white bread. I recently had a chocolate chip pancake for the first time ever and it tasted the same as the kit kat/bread combo I've been eating since childhood.
posted by Nickel at 12:25 AM on April 3, 2008


The Undercheese Sandwich

Melt some sharp cheddar in a small frying pan. When it gets bubbly, crack two eggs on top. Pepper the tops. When the whites are firm and cataracts develop, very carefully loosen the cheese from the pan and flip the eggs. Flatten them with the spatula to pop the yolks.

Then, while they're finishing, put some ketchup on bread, either raw or blue-rare toasted. Decorate the cheese side of your eggs with some hot sauce, and assemble your sandwich. This is also good in a tortilla.

My friend invented Tortilla French Toast. It is surprisingly soft and delicious, and a serving for two will use up two tortillas and one egg, and just a bit of cinnamon sugar.
posted by Sallyfur at 12:35 AM on April 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


mmm 2nding peanuts in Coke in a glass bottle.

When I was little I would eat mustard spread thinly on toasted wheat bread with a glass of NutriSweet water (just a packet straight into a glasss of cold tapwater) on the side.
posted by baserunner73 at 12:41 AM on April 3, 2008


Freshly grated pepper on Strawberries.

If you haven't tried it, then prepare to have the scales fall from your eyes.
posted by Jofus at 1:12 AM on April 3, 2008


I give you the glory that is: balsamic strawberries with whipped mascarpone cheese
posted by dmt at 2:10 AM on April 3, 2008


Dip your potato chips in ketchup. You dip your french fries in ketchup, so...

A sandwich I learned from my grandfather: Bacon and jelly. Yum!

Black pepper on plain popcorn. In German movie theaters they put sugar on plain popcorn.
posted by zardoz at 2:13 AM on April 3, 2008


Black pepper and hot chillies on vanilla ice cream.

A nice, fruity olive oil on ice cream.

Ice cream and Irn Bru.

Jam and ham.

Good Chocolate dipped in tzatziki.



All unlikely, all awesome.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:00 AM on April 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


In Jazz clubs in the 70s Scotch and milk was the drink of choice. I have been waiting for somebody else to try this and tell me how it is.
posted by Raybun at 3:14 AM on April 3, 2008


Peanut Butter and tomato sandwich-the bread must be toasted and the tomatoes very ripe. It's great
posted by gogomickey at 4:22 AM on April 3, 2008


50/50 milk and orange juice: instant smoothie!
posted by Carol Anne at 5:03 AM on April 3, 2008


Blueberry sandwich: just like it sounds, bread, butter, and blueberries

Mustard and Brown Sugar sandwich: just like it sounds, the original "sweet and sour".

Blueberry "soup": Blueberries in a bowl, tear up some bread and put it on the blueberries, add sugar, then pour milk on top...yum!!
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 5:08 AM on April 3, 2008


3rd-ing salted peanuts in a bottle of Coke. Grandfather told me this, also just a pinch or two of salt in a Coke makes a world of difference.

Hershey bar, break in half, coat one backside with Pop-Rocks, very slightly soften other half in microwave and squish down on pop-rock coated side, eat. Oralgasm.
posted by zengargoyle at 6:13 AM on April 3, 2008


Apple sauce with some sour cream mixed in.

Lettuce sprinkled with white vinegar and sugar.

I used to butter slices of bread and then sprinkle a mix of cinnamon and sugar over them, then nuke them just long enough to melt the butter. So good.
posted by sascha at 6:52 AM on April 3, 2008


For a little while, when I was a kid, I liked orange squash diluted with coca cola.

Just thinking about it now makes my teeth hurt...
posted by Life at Boulton Wynfevers at 7:05 AM on April 3, 2008


My flatmate absolutely swears by bananas and marmite. I've tried it and it's horrible, but she likes it.

Now, soy sauce on porridge is something that we can both agree on. It tastes creamy and delicious.
posted by Magnakai at 8:01 AM on April 3, 2008


Get it right, you guys, it's peanut butter, bacon, AND a thin layer of mayo on toast. (I haven't eaten meat in ten years but still have fond memories of this sandwich, and it's pretty good made with the requisite vegetarian/vegan analogs too.)

Potato chip and sweet pickle sandwiches with butter. French fries stuffed into your favorite Mediterranean-deli-type wrap sandwich - I like them with a smoky baba ghanoush. Pineapple juice with lemon.
posted by clavicle at 8:08 AM on April 3, 2008


Any kind of juicy berries covered with sweetened sour cream and baked.

Slightly unripe guavas sprinkled with black salt if you can find it or regular salt.

Unripe mango slices sprinkled with salt and cayenne.

Fresh sweet corn, toasted over an open flame and rubbed with a slice of lime dipped in salt and cayenne.
posted by peacheater at 8:17 AM on April 3, 2008


Papad and pickle sandwich: Go to Indian store -- buy microwaveable papad and diced mango pickle (the spicy kind, not vinegar pickles). Microwave papad and crush into smallish pieces. Spread butter on white bread. Cover one slice with thin layer of pickle juice and sprinkle papad on top. Top with other slice. Enjoy.
posted by peacheater at 8:19 AM on April 3, 2008


Masala Coke (or Pepsi): Mix together a tsp of cumin, some black pepper, a little lemon juice, salt to taste in a big glass. Top with Coke or Pepsi.
posted by peacheater at 8:21 AM on April 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Spanish Olives (w/ Pimento) + Cream Cheese Sandwich

Cream Cheese Sandwich + Jelly Sandwich
posted by zackola at 8:59 AM on April 3, 2008


My dad likes peanut butter, cheddar cheese, and this slives of onion on white toast. Sounds gross, but so good. I like to use tortilla chips instead of crackers in soups.
posted by runningwithscissors at 9:30 AM on April 3, 2008


Er. Thick slices of onion. Right.
posted by runningwithscissors at 9:32 AM on April 3, 2008


From Top Chef last night... white chocolate and wasabi.
posted by AceRock at 9:52 AM on April 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


from a senegalese friend, mafe (peanut butter stew).. it's a really common dish.. this recipe uses beef and no vegetables but the great thing is you can pretty much put in any veggie/meat combo that works together, or there is a version with fish.. i like it with lots of hot chilis.
posted by citron at 10:40 AM on April 3, 2008


also, cardamom is great on lots of things - vanilla ice cream, or in strong coffee. I also got a jar of crushed sesame sees @ asian market and they're delicious on ice cream or other sweet foods.
posted by citron at 10:42 AM on April 3, 2008


Saltine crackers or cookies dipped in coffee

Saltine crackers dipped in water

pizza dipped in ranch salad dressing

pickle or onion and mayonnaise sandwiches

water-packed tuna (drained) mixed with mashed potatoes, usually scooped with saltine crackers

peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches (a fav. of my sisters though I never tried)

My grandmother used to make this really simple yellow cake without frosting that she called a one egg cake. At family dinners, all the kids used to drenched their pieces in the soup left over from the boiled potatoes. It sounds gross but was really good.

My fiancé turned me onto avocado mixed with banana and lemon juice, slightly sweetened with sugar or honey if you want. My mother will not even taste it based on looks alone, but it actually tastes good. He also made me avocado mixed with onion and hard-boiled egg which is good on toast.
posted by sapphirebbw at 11:24 AM on April 3, 2008


Elvis's sandwich -- a mashed banana and peanut butter on white bread, fried in butter

Nixon's delight -- ketchup over cottage cheese

Jezebel Sauce: horse radish + (jam, preserves, or marmalade), poured over cream cheese and scooped with a cracker
posted by exphysicist345 at 11:44 AM on April 3, 2008


sauteed carrots and grapes
cranberry sauce with chili pepper
popcorn and black licorice
red wine and bittersweet chocolate
posted by lunaazul at 12:13 PM on April 3, 2008


A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with plain potato chips inside. Experiment with different types of jelly!
posted by meggan at 1:43 PM on April 3, 2008


You should totally check out the cool things that Vosges puts in their chocolate bars. I highly recommend the $25 box set of mini bars. My favorite is the Oaxaca.
posted by mds35 at 1:53 PM on April 3, 2008


Greek yoghurt + cut up orange segments.

Refreshingly simple and simply refreshing :-)
posted by eponymouse at 2:16 PM on April 3, 2008


Salsa on wheat bread (nothing else)

Peanut butter and bananas on toast (nothing else, no sweetener)

Peanut butter on green apples -- I don't even think this is weird, but it surprises some people

Maple syrup on vanilla ice cream -- another that's not really weird but surprises people

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream on pancakes
posted by Jaltcoh at 2:25 PM on April 3, 2008


But wait, there's more:

Strawberry and cucumber sandwich (could use peanut butter or hummus as the condiment)

Cantaloupe, strawberries, green olives, and feta cheese -- makes a great salad
posted by Jaltcoh at 2:30 PM on April 3, 2008


put potato chips in a tuna fish sandwich. delicious.

kool aid pickles, mentioned upthread, are tasty.

and it isn't really weird, but it was already mentioned so i'll agree: apples n' cheese. perfect.

dates and bacon do indeed go very well together.

eggs and honey. eggs and rooster sauce.

mashed up/chopped-to-a-pulp pitted black olives (can be the canned cheap kind) make a really good layer for a toasted tomato, cheese, and herb sandwich.

when eating raw green onions or radishes, it's imperative to salt them.

flavorful (not green) wine-y grapes are a good way to refresh oneself when snacking on matzo crackers. and matzo is good for tea when topped with honey or jam.
posted by ifjuly at 3:25 PM on April 3, 2008


grape + brie + caramelized onion + tarragon pizza (no tomato sauce)
jalapeno + cherry jam + cheddar quesadilla
milk + root beer
salted chocolate chip (or ginger) cookies

and my favorite:

gorgonzola + pear pancakes with marmalade + butter
posted by dizziest at 3:46 PM on April 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Not as weird as some of the suggestions above, but pizza with pineapple and hot peppers is fantastic. Sweet, salty, and spicy.

Also, salsa and hummus on your bread/pita/cracker of choice is great, but salsa and hummus on french toast is even better. (I once half-scared my dad into thinking I was pregnant by eating this combo in front of him.)

Hummus goes well with pickles, too. Preferably the spicy ones, nothing sweet.
posted by bassjump at 4:01 PM on April 3, 2008


Whether it's a green banana and bacon sandwich or peanut butter and yellow mustard, msnbc.com readers like some bizarre food combinations.
posted by dawson at 8:45 PM on April 3, 2008


When I was a growing teenager, I ate a lot, like many a growing boy is wont to do.

After a day with the normal trifecta of meals, combined with the general snacking/grazing along the way, night would come. Like many a growing boy, I enjoyed staying up late and sleeping in the next morning. This, however, presented a problem: I needed additional nutritional sustenance during those long evening hours to maintain my blood sugar at a sufficient level to keep my eyelids aloft.

Enter nachos. My preference was hand-grated sharp cheddar from the brick-sized blocks of generic brand that mom got at the store, heavily piled over a plate full of Tostitos. Microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds at high power, depending on your microwave.

About an hour after that the crushing urge for ice cream would strike and I would promptly destroy a little less than half a gallon of it, were that much available.

This became a nightly routine, until the day my brother made a fabulous observation, along the lines of "if you love it so much why don't you just marry it?" Which is exactly what I did.

The day you, gentle reader, make the glorious transition to the world of nacho-cheese-covered-chip-dipped-in-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream, you too, will be enlightened. I envy you this virginal experience. It was the best day of my life.
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:37 PM on April 3, 2008


I love you all.

Fries in icecream (McDonalds works best)
Vanilla ice cream + shaved coconut + salted peanuts
Cheese wrapped around chocolate
Eggs cooked with tinned sardines (the ones that come with tomato sauce)
Peanut butter and honey on apples
Banana and peanut butter on toast (toast all three together)
Peanut butter, butter, and honey on toast
Peanut butter, butter, honey, brown sugar with oatmeal in milk
posted by divabat at 2:30 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Peanut Butter, Hellman's Mayonaise (full strength, for the love of God. Don't piss around with that unleaded crap.) and Fresh, crisp iceberg lettuce on white bread.

And with that, I really have to get some lunch.
posted by Jofus at 4:23 AM on April 4, 2008


Oh - and corriander and chillies go nicely with a good quality vanilla ice cream.
posted by Jofus at 4:24 AM on April 4, 2008


Once night while tending bar I had yet another annoying group of customers ask me to invent a new shot for them. At our bar, which had a lot of college students, this was a frequent request, and it was always annoying, especially when we were busy, which we usually were. I spied a bottle of Pepto Bismol and mixed it with Blue Curaçao (equal parts), gave it a taste, and called it Sweetheart. It tasted exactly like those candy hearts you get at Valentine's Day, the ones that say "be mine" and stuff. Those kids loved it and were none the wiser.
posted by mds35 at 5:49 AM on April 4, 2008 [2 favorites]


A toasted sandwich of fresh goat cheese, honey, and green olives.

Beef jerky dipped in hot cocoa (good for skiing).

Peanut butter and tomato sandwiches.

A dried apricot wrapped in a fresh basil leaf.

Oatmeal with Greek yogurt and chopped green apples.

Ginger ice cream with balsamic vinegar syrup.
posted by exceptinsects at 8:50 AM on April 4, 2008


nthing
fries + chocolate ice cream
apple pie + cheese (i like sharp cheddar)
bacon + anything

and a favourite thing I used to do in the dining halls was mix the soft-serve ice cream with beverages:
soft serve + root beer
soft serve + orange juice
posted by rux at 1:21 PM on April 4, 2008


Milk and jello (any flavor) make a surprisingly tasty combo.
posted by acorncup at 5:56 PM on April 4, 2008


Garlic pickles/the vinegar solution that they're stored in (my fav brand: Bic's) and Kraft Dinner.

Gross sounding but delicious.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:28 PM on April 4, 2008


I once made a gin n' tonic with minced garlic and it worked quite well...
I also once tried brie on mint-chocolate TimTam and that didn't work quite well...
posted by shokod at 5:16 AM on April 5, 2008


Dill pickles and potato chips are very awesome together.

Mashed potatoes on biscuits are good too.
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs at 2:48 PM on April 5, 2008


Butter spread on Saltines, or Ritz crackers--now that's good eating!

Also, chunky peanut butter on apples.
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs at 2:50 PM on April 5, 2008


Way late to the party here, but...

Oreos dipped in salsa
meatballs cooked in a 1:1 mixture of grape jelly and chili sauce
peanut butter and mayo on a BLT
posted by phunniemee at 10:43 AM on November 21, 2008


Later than you are, phunniemee, but I just gotta add: popcorn & plain M&Ms.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:32 AM on January 10, 2009


How did I not mention this: Thai sweet chilli sauce on vanilla ice cream. Chillis are a fruit, in the end, but on the way there the 'hot'/cold mix is trippy.
posted by eritain at 9:07 PM on January 21, 2009


More dining hall hacks: They're serving leftover roast turkey, you go toast some thick bread first and get them to serve the turkey onto the toast and the gravy onto the turkey. If shredded cheese is handy, go for it. Or if they've got fry pans out for make-your-own-omelet, thinly slice an apple and fry that instead.
posted by eritain at 8:18 AM on January 22, 2009


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