Daily Post: Unlikely Pairing
Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
I will happily admit to one of the weirdest food combos that I absolutely adore eating is a dill pickle, tomato and cheese sandwich. Many of the people I have mentioned this combo to, cringe a little and look at me in disgust when I mention this utterly delicious sandwich to them. This creation is the discovery of a hungry child who wanted a sandwich and found only these ingredients in the fridge.
Of course you must use the proper techniques for building this wonderfully sour, tomatoey and cheesy sandwich. The layering is so important for making the flavors meld and combine into this tangy tower of goodness. First comes the bread, a nice white one or one with light rye is just perfect.
Then comes the mayo. A sweet yet tangy affair of good stuff. But don’t pile on too much. Just a thin layer on each side of the toast will work just fine. Make sure you apply it while the bread is hot out of the toaster so it soaks right in.
Quickly add the cheese next! Of course, the right kind of cheese is essential. A really nice sharp, aged cheddar is my favorite. Place it on the hot toast so the cheese slightly melts and warms melding with the layer of mayo. Do not melt the cheese intentionally under the broiler, microwave or the toaster oven. This is not a sandwich melt. You are just looking for the gentle warming and melting the hot toast will add.
On the other slice of mayo-covered toast, add a plump, summer-ripen heirloom tomato in the color and flavor of your choosing. It’s all about finding the one that is a little sweet but perfectly acidic. Make sure the slices are thick and plan for the juicy vats of goodness to run down your chin when you take a bite.
The last flavor is of course the dill pickles. The thin pickle slices go in the middle, sandwiched between the cheese and the tomato. No ordinary pickles will work here! You want the perfect amount of dill combined with a perfectly crisp cucumber for the right amount of crunch because the combo of dill and crunch are what brings this sandwich together.
I’m sure some psychologist somewhere will say something about how the pairing in this sandwich has affected the growth process of my mental development but at this moment my mouth is salivating freely over the thoughts of this wonderful sandwich and I really don’t care about anything except going to the kitchen to see if these yummy ingredients are lurking around waiting to become my very next meal.