13 Food Pairings You’re Supposed To Know About

Flavors you love and flavors you’re about to love. And for even more flavors you’re going to fall in love with, try the new menu at Bonefish Grill.

1. Basic: Peanut Butter and Chocolate

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From cupcakes and fudge to cookies and cups, this pairing’s a dessert legend.

2. Basic: Bacon and Maple

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The pairing probably all started when maple syrup overflowed from waffles onto bacon, but it developed into doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, and everything delicious.

3. Basic: Salt and Caramel

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Adding a little bitter brings out the best in caramel’s sweetness.

4. Intermediate: Watermelon and Feta

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Frequently found in salads, but always pairing tangy goat cheese with sweet fruit.

5. Intermediate: Egg and Coconut

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Creme brûlée, coconut macaroons, tropical scrambled eggs, curry — all three meals, delicious all the time.

6. Intermediate: Honey and Ricotta

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This pairing’s a foundation for both appetizers and desserts, whether mixed with fruits or into a cheesecake.

7. Intermediate: Melon and Prosciutto

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A classic Italian appetizer pairing.

8. Intermediate: Basil and Cloves

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The herb and the spice both share a chemical called eugenol, so some chefs add ground cloves to their pesto to enhance basil flavors.

9. Advanced: Melon and Chili

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A pairing so vibrant, you can find it on Mexican street corners as no more than a bag of diced melons covered in chili powder.

10. Advanced: Strawberries and Gruyère

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It tastes best when the cheese is melted, but the nutty and savory cheese pairs well with the sweet.

11. Advanced: Dark Chocolate and Parmesan

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Cheese and chocolate sounds crazy, but just make a grilled cheese with these flavors once, and you’ll be hooked on that salty, sweet umami.

12. Advanced: White Chocolate and Caviar

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A pairing almost too luxuriously good to believe.

13. Advanced: Pineapple and Vanilla

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This pairing mostly ends up in desserts designed to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Pineapple and vanilla are a great dessert combo, but even better in a cocktail.

Bonefish Grill

The new Fresh Pineapple Martini at Bonefish Grill is hand-crafted with fresh pineapple juice and a homemade vanilla bean syrup.

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