I spend a lot of time thinking about flavor. One thing I often find both exciting, and challenging at the same time is flavor pairings. Sometimes things just work.
Certain flavors or foods seem to lend themselves to pairings. Peanut butter is one that comes to mind. It’s half of the most basic and beloved PB & J sandwich. Of course, there’s also a near cult level devotion from those who believe there is no candy superior to that of Reese’s.
Now that it’s (unofficially) summer, I’m enjoying a few fresh/seasonal pairings.
I love basil and tomatoes, whether on pizza or bruschetta.
Cilantro and Lime is another that makes me happy. I love the smells, the brightness, the way those flavors alone can take a dish somewhere warm and sunny.
There of course are plenty of other greats, steak and potatoes, chips and salsa, cheese and…(almost) everything.
But if I had to choose one, my end-all favorite flavor pairing of all time, it’s an easy choice.
My favorite, is Dark Chocolate and Raspberry.
The bright, tart flavor of the raspberry, paired with the deep rich almost bitter flavor of the chocolate, could there BE any better combo?! (I think not!)
An indulgence of mine is the Ghiradelli chocolates that have this pairing. Quite the treat.
So what’s your favorite?
Do you have a combination you love?