Perfect Pairings: Ingredient Duos That Will Blow Your Mind
Pairing: Tomato + Basil
“The creaminess of the ice cream actually mimics the creaminess of fresh mozzarella in a Caprese salad, and the potent basil flavor ties it all together,” says Coley Cooks. “The sweetness of the ice cream is set off by a generous sprinkle of sea salt, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and of course the bold, rich acidity of the tomatoes.”
Pairing: Dark Chocolate + Red Wine
From the kitchen of Mon Petit Four, the glaze is made with a combination of bittersweet chocolate and red wine, and “together [the ingredients] are an intoxicating blend that renders this cake the divine remedy for any woman in need.” Click here for the recipe.
Pairing: Espresso + Chocolate
Mon Petit Four says, “These espresso chocolate cupcakes are rich and decadent in every way you could imagine. While the taste of espresso is apparent, the espresso’s importance in this recipe is more for the sake of enhancing the chocolate flavor in these cupcakes.” Find her original recipe here.
Pairing: Burrata + Plum
This Lemon Burrata and Poached Plum Crostini is a perfect mix of sweet, salty, and tangy. Find the original recipe from Divine Cuisine here.
Pairing: Peanut Butter + Chocolate
Moore Or Less Cooking says she may have a slight obsession with peanut butter, and we see nothing wrong with that — especially when she channels that obsession into her cooking. Try this perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate here.
Pairing: Chocolate + Caramel
This creamy caramel and sweet chocolate ganache are so perfect together that it “might make your head spin,” says the Chick Who Cooks. Check out her recipe for Chocolate and Caramel Tart here.
Pairing: Truffle + Parmesan + Prosciutto
Coley Cooks brings us this interestingly delicious popcorn recipe to our attention. She notes, “This recipe uses fancy ingredients, like white truffle butter, to help take your snack game to the next level – perfect for movie nights and Netflix binges alike.” Find her original recipe here.
Pairing: Lemon + Poppy Seed
Lemons and poppy seeds are a match made in food heaven, and this recipe gives us a large a large dose of both. Get this recipe from The View From Great Island here.
Pairing: Prosciutto + Melon
How could we not include one of the most notorious food pairing classics? It is quite possible that prosciutto and melon were made for each other. This simple salad relies on quality ingredients, and the bit of basil on top adds a layer of freshness and vibrancy that rounds out this salad perfectly. Find the recipe here.
Pairing: Blueberry + Lemon
Blueberries and lemons will always and forever be amazing together. Try this tart from Home Maker’s Habit and see for yourself.
Pairing: Cucumber + Dill
Cucumber and dill is a wonderful flavor combo on its own, but Recipes I Live By says, “Combine [the blackened salmon] with the cooling of the cucumber dill cream sauce and you have the perfect balance of hot and cold in this dish.” Two perfect pairings in one.