Monday, April 25, 2011

Unusual Food Combinations

I'm sure there aren't many people who haven't heard of Elvis's love of grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches or that infamous pregnancy craving, pickles and strawberry ice cream (something I thankfully did not have since I like neither of them!) But, they are far from the only unusual food combinations that people might like.

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For example, while I was growing up, I loved putting gravy on my applesauce. I also liked (and still do) applesauce with meatloaf. I went through a stage where I liked cheese and jelly sandwiches, but I still love grilled cheese on raisin bread. Speaking of grilled cheese, tomato soup wasn't my only dunking base. I also would dunk in chocolate milk or soda or iced tea if tomato soup wasn't handy. 

My father liked cold hot dogs dipped in mustard, cold baked beans with raw onions on crackers and raw hamburger sandwiches with a big slice of raw onion (if the ground beef was bought from a butcher - not prepackaged meat). He also liked sausage gravy over pancakes instead of biscuits. My mother would add vinegar to the chili on her plate as well as on her green beans. My grandfather would slice donuts in half like bagels and butter them. 
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Did you ever wonder what other unusual groupings are out there besides those you may have? I decided to take a look to see for myself.

  • French Fries dunked in vanilla milkshakes or into honey. (Yeah, really.)
  • Tuna fish and ketchup. (Urp! I thought my daughter's tuna and mustard was bad.)
  • French Fries dipped in Hawaiian Punch. (French Fries sure do get around.)
  • Peanut Butter and bologna sandwiches. (I would never punish PB like that!!)
  • Banana and mayo sandwich. (Yeah - there goes Easter dinner.)
  • Scrambled eggs and grape jelly. (Oops - I was wrong.)

So, as you can see, unusual food combinations aren't all that uncommon. Maybe not overly appealing, but definitely not uncommon. Therefore, the next time I crave some chili cheese fries or a baked potato loaded with chili, cheese, butter AND sour cream, or ask for my dried beef gravy over my potatoes instead of over my toast, I know I'm not alone in the world!


  1. Fries should be dipped in *chocolate* shakes or malts, not vanilla. :-)

  2. Some of those combinations do not sound too bad, but others send shivers down my spine lol. Fun post! Stopping by way of A to Z Challenge.

  3. I think we all have those favorite food combos that make people's heads turn ;)

  4. I didn't have the pickle craving while I was pregnant either. For some reason, I couldn't stand the smell of vinegar so pickles had to be kept out of my sight. I don't have any weird food combinations but my husband does eat peanut butter and bologna sandwiches.

  5. Oh yuck. I don't think I have any weird combinations, none that would make anyone nauseous anyway.

    Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:
    Write, Wrong or Indifferent
    Marie Anne’s Missives
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    Every Day Crochet

  6. We camped out one weekend some years ago in Indiana and the friends we were with served up Breakfast Casserole with Grape Jelly on for breakfast. Actually it was pretty good.

    At college a group of us used to make hot dogs (the ones that come in a can and that you boil in water) in buns for lunch, rather than pay for cafeteria food. One day we ran out of ketchup, so I spread strawberry jam on my bun. It really was good and complemented the hot dog very well. I have had it a few times since, but gave up trying to convince others to try it.