A Balancing Act of the Sweet and Savory

Pretzels and M&Ms. Kettle corn. Sweet and Salty Combos

Are you picking up what I’m putting down? I’m talking about all food sweet and savory. And even though I don’t necessarily care for any of the snacks listed above, I’m certainly not writing off its intention! My main gripe about these sweet and salty staples lies in its two extreme flavors melding together in a 1:1 ratio. “Well, that’s the point, you idiot,” one might say. I’m crazy, I know, but hear me out! The secret is a balancing act – a sweet and savory dish doesn’t have to be as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. Rather, it should be an imbalanced equation (without the high school chemistry classes…).

To be honest, I’m more of a chip girl, anyway

Creating a sweet and savory dish with complex flavors doesn’t have to be, well, complex. Take stir-fry, for example. A simple stir-fry usually involves oil, rice, vegetables, meat, and a sauce such as soy or teriyaki. Why not take it a step further by adding honey, coconut oil, or brown sugar? Trust me, it’s a delicious spin on traditional stir-fry without being overpowering; we’re complementing the flavors that already exist in stir-fry.

Meatloaf is another savory, traditional meal. Everyone has a recipe, and it’s almost always good. Bread crumbs, eggs, lean meat, salt, pepper, boom. But let’s turn up the heat a little. Whisk together 1/4 cup of ketchup, two tablespoons of brown sugar, and a dash of mustard in a bowl. Pour it on top of the meatloaf and whoa, hey guys, you’ve added another element to your meatloaf you’ve never dreamed could be real.

You know what? I’m feeling dangerous. Let’s go even further with this. Meat. Loaf. Sandwiches. MEATLOAF SANDWICHES. AHHHH! THEY’RE SO GOOD! Seriously. And what’s better than putting meatloaf on bread? I’ll tell you: it’s putting meatloaf on French Brioche, topped with that crazy ketchup/brown sugar sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. It’s the ultimate comfort food – the hint of sweetness from the brioche complements the tang of the sauce, all the while balancing the savory meatloaf and cheese. The smell of these flavors merging in the toaster oven comes to life, lifts you off your feet, and entices you into the kitchen, leaving a trail of drool behind you.

And while you’re at it, go watch a cartoon while you indulge in these taste sensations…

For all of you kettle corn fans out there, I hope I haven’t offended thee. We cool?


Caitlin

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