Peanut butter … but where was the jelly? Pickles? Really mom? Pickles?
“Just try it,” she said. I swear I heard a diabolical mad professor-like laugh from her as she walked away.
Figuring it couldn’t be worse than the cold Spam sandwich I had made myself the week before, I tried it.
Hey! Not bad! Not bad at all!
From then on, I had an open mind about all foods and began to dabble in strange combinations.
As a teenager I came up with a few combos that, quite frankly, I still partake in to this day when the opportunity arises.
• Ice cream. Besides making a variety of shakes — peanut butter, Pepsi, Root Beer — I loved getting a bowl of vanilla ice cream, spreading peanut butter over the top of it, and then pouring Dr. Pepper over it.
• Banquet Pot Pies were a staple for me when I was a growing boy. I would heat up one or two and then put them on a plate. I would then get potato chips and mayo and combine the three. Yummy!
And there were other quirks I established — ketchup on my eggs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes … and pretty much any other dish. Ketchup, you see, was my first true love.
To this day, I will put whatever is on my plate and eat it together at the same time. Corn in my mashed potatoes mixed in with my meatloaf … that sort of thing. Hey, it all mixes up anyway — am I right?
But in doing a little research for this column, I have found that my combos are tame compared to some.
Here’s a, um, taste sampler:
Gravy and biscuits with grape jelly; Peanut butter and mayo sandwiches; Chocolate cake with pinto beans; Hollowed-out pickles filled with ranch dressing and cheese; Garlic bread topped with peanut butter and spaghetti; Peanut butter (people really like peanut butter eh?) and cucumber sandwiches.
Eggs with Spam and white rice.
Doritos dipped in cream cheese.
Fries dipped in your milkshake.
Bacon sandwich with grape jelly.
Ranch dressing or Nutella on Pizza.
Popcorn and mustard.
Pancakes and ketchup.
Frito’s and caramel sauce.
Uncooked pasta dipped in peanut butter.
Chocolate chip cookies with cottage cheese.
And my daughter’s fave — spaghetti tacos.
I guess the motto is — don’t knock it until you try it.
And face it, you have your own weirdness. Come on, what is it? Do tell.
Everyone likes to eat something on the “weird” side. In fact, scientists acknowledge this and there are reasons why certain foods taste good with others … but frankly, it’s too boring to relate here.
I will, however, share some “scientific” combinations that (supposedly) are great when paired:
Dark Chocolate and Parmesan chesse, ketchup and brownies, Bagels and Foie gras (which I have no idea what it is but I flat out refuse to eat grass).
So get that bottle of ketchup out, share that peanut butter and use those cucumbers….
You never know — perhaps the next big taste sensation will come from you.