Ben Vaughn: Tasting is thinking– 5 all of a sudden terrific food mixes

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5 Guys Burgers and French fries.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015|10:04 p.m.

Five Guys Burgers and French fries
A burger with everything is photographed at the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Eastern Avenue in Henderson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.Launch slideshow “

Now, you have actually most likely seen the Android office “Be Together, Not the Exact same” showcasing unlikely animal pairings set to Roger Miller’s classic “Oo-De-Lally.” If you haven’t, it’s certainly worth an appearance.

Basically, the premise of the commercial is a compilation of videos showcasing unexpected animal pairings. Pairings like a cat opening a door for a pet dog, a bear and a tiger hugging, and a canine sleeping on an elephant.

Viewers and critics have actually lauded the commercial. Why do we enjoy this commercial? I believe that it comes down to two factors. First, we love animals. The Web and adorable animals are generally associated at this point. A dynamic duo produced to get us through the doldrums of workplace work.

Second of all, there’s a surprise factor here that I don’t believe ought to be downplayed. When you combine two things, which by all accounts should not work together however do, that’s fun and interesting. We believe one thing, but then we experience it, and it completely alters our view.

Seeing is believing. Well, in the food world, in some cases tasting is believing.

We have actually trained ourselves to believe that specific foods go with other foods. We continue this repetition and persuade ourselves that this is how it was indicated to be. Somehow, through divine intervention, peanut butter and jelly are galactically aligned. Coffee goes with doughnuts. Ham chooses Swiss cheese. Bacon chooses eggs.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a reason why these pairs go together. They taste fantastic, but they’re not equally exclusive.

Ultimately, the choices that we make, when we combine steaks with potatoes, are based upon custom and history. But at one point when eating breakfast, you realized that the maple syrup soaked pancakes tastes good when blended with sausage links close by on the plate.

Your food perceptiveness would not likely tell you to just put the syrup on your sausage, but serendipitously the marital relationship took place, and now you’re delegated enjoy all the benefits.

This “sausage-and-syrup synergy” isn’t really a one-time mixture of unforeseen pairings. There are lots upon dozens of great mixes of food that while your brain may be shouting “this isn’t really a thing,” your mouth exists to confound your sensibilities.

Children are much more daring when it concerns food expedition than grownups. It’s likely due to the fact that they do not have as much history and custom weighing on them. They’re just getting started in this world.

Social mores and cultural acceptance just aren’t that high up on their lists of things to see. They don’t have actually established beliefs that they’ve turned into unyielding principles. We ought to all be so lucky.

As a chef, writer and restaurateur, I invest the huge majority of every day thinking, talking and preparing food. I can be as guilty of letting preconceived notions get the better of me as the next guy. But I do enjoy to check out with food, and I wish to bring you together with me.

Right here are five unexpected food pairings you ought to attempt.

French fries + vanilla milkshake

I’ll begin slow for the less adventurous types. This one is most likely not a big surprise to numerous of you. For the least adventurous people, though, this mix might open your eyes to the amazing world of sweet and salted.

This successful pairing can be achieved at any number of snack bar, however I advise you to be certain. I like the fries at Five Guys Burgers and French fries due to the fact that they use fresh whole potatoes.

Whether any individual cares exactly what farm in Idaho they originate from is probably up for debate, but that’s their thing, and more power. When you take a fresh and salty fry and dip it in a sweet vanilla milkshake, you’ve truly got something going for you.

Mustard + eggs

This one starts to get a little more adventurous. You’ve probably seen ketchup on clambered eggs by someone else or yourself. Tomatoes in basic go well with eggs. The added effect of high-sugar ketchup on eggs gets some individuals going. I say “no, thank you” to ketchup on my eggs.

However what I do state “yes, please” to is mustard. I’m not discussing traditional yellow mustard sprayed over scrambled eggs. Go for the good stuff. Blend a spoonful of Dijon mustard into your scramble, then top with a little tarragon or coriander.

Truthfully, however, a little dollop of grain mustard on a hard-boiled egg is a brilliant match that I believe you’ll really delight in. If you’re still reluctant, consider it in this manner. If you like deviled eggs, you like mustard and eggs together. It’s that simple.

Yogurt + smoked salmon

If we’re likelying to do away with preconceived food concepts, there is no much better time than now to start thinking of yogurt outside breakfast. As the yogurt rebirth has continued over the last decade, more people are enjoying its taste, health and culinary advantages.

Plain Greek yogurt can be very heavy on plain, so finding excellent pairings for yogurt usually begins and ends with fruit and granola. I’m here to inform you to provide smoked salmon and yogurt together a shot. The 2 combine to produce a high-protein treat that is salted and smoky.

I prefer to drop a pinch of crispy onion strips on the top to add a little texture and taste, but you can avoid the strips and just do salt, pepper and a little citrus squeeze (lemon or lime) to hit all the taste keeps in mind necessary.

And if you still cannot get past the idea of yogurt outside breakfast, the easiest match is to take your preferred bagel, swap out the cream cheese for yogurt, and top it with a conventional lox.

Kimchi + cheese

I’ll let you in on a little not-so-secret key here: Cheese pretty much goes with anything. That said, kimchi and cheese go especially well together. I’ll start by stating that I have actually been on a kimchi kick recently.

On a current trip to L.A., I came by Korean Town and had some incredible kimchi from Han Bat, a K-Town cooking organization. From breakdown and preparation, I saw them prepare it from scratch and tasted the incredible finished product.

Kimchi on a grilled cheese sandwich is a simple way to dip your toe in the water right here. Kimchi is stuffed full of flavors from spicy to sour. Cheese enhances these flavors without overpowering or masking them. Advanced explorers must check out cheese curds and kimchi.

Cocoa Nibs + boiled peanuts with foie gras

Foie gras is exactly what it is. It might be a nonstarter for some, and I entirely understand that. If you’re not averse to foie, pairing it with cocoa peanuts is absolutely incredible.

Traditionally, chefs are more inclined to put foie gras in a savory context due to its rich and creamy taste and texture. That stated, the mix of a little bitter cocoa incorporated with the structure of boiled peanuts topping a tasty cut of foie gras is something that has to be tasted to be thought. I like this mix.

All of that to state go out there and attempt something brand-new. Expand your food horizons. There’s an universe of food out there waiting for you to take a bite. And, if it helps, perhaps put on a little Roger Miller in the background.

Ben Vaughn is an award-winning chef and popular TELEVISION character very well called a host for the Food Network. A food lover, married man and author, Ben’s most current book, “Southern Routes,” chronicles his trip to discover the very best meals and restaurants from North Carolina to Texas. “Southern Routes” is published by HarperCollins and will be launched late summer season. Ben likewise has actually started shooting his brand-new TELEVISION series “Breakfast Club” here.

Ben’s cooking career began in South Florida and flourished as he became chef/owner of trendsetting and critically acclaimed dining establishments from Memphis to Atlanta. He’s received acknowledgment from the James Beard Structure and currently functions as CEO and cooking director for his restaurant group Fork Knife Spoon. Ben’s new Southern Kitchen truck with chef John Courtney behind the wheel and grill is located at Velveteen Bunny downtown every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Go to SoKitchenLV.com and Twitter @sokitchenlv for its motions, menu items and daily places.

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