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2014 saw an explosion of sweet and savory combinations like chicken and waffles and chocolate-covered potato chips; how can we ever top those?
Believe it or not, 2015 is set to get even more flavorful.
Sweet and savory conversions are so delectable because they intrigue our complex taste buds. You may already know that the human tongue contains more than
10,000 taste buds, but did you also know that each individual bud contains 50-100 taste receptors? On top of that, each one of those is primed for a specific taste –salty, sweet, bitter and sour.
There’s no denying it – we were made to love food.
With all those taste buds in close proximity, the combination of salty and sweet excites us on a chemical level. That’s why these sweet and savory conversions have become so popular (not to mention they are as much fun to eat as they are to make).
Want to give some of these creative recipes a try in your own kitchen, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are four simple recipes you can try at home.
Strawberry & Chicken Pizza
On your family’s next pizza night, ditch the delivery and try out this explosive sweet and savory conversion – strawberries, chicken, onions and bacon – all on one savory slice of homemade pizza. Clabber Girl even has the perfect quick and easy recipe to make your own pizza dough:
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
2 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. water
Instructions: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment; whisk together flour, salt, sugar, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Add the olive oil, water and combine ingredients with mixer machine set on low speed. Increase speed to medium and kneed for 3 to 4 minutes until dough is smooth. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll the dough to the desired circumference. Bake dough for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Apple and Cheddar Bread
Just about everything tastes better when you add a little cheese, so why not apples? The bitter sweetness of a ripened apple perfectly complements the bold flavor of sharp cheddar. Top your next slice of apple pie with a sprinkle of cheese or add a cupful to this rich apple bread.
You didn’t think we forgot, did you? It sounds crazy, but trust us – it’s amazing! Add a whole new level to your turkey, beef or even veggie burgers by replacing the bun with sticky sweet glazed doughnuts. Clabber Girl’s Orange Glazed Doughnut recipe is the perfect partner for this savory-sweet combo.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep your taste buds guessing and you’ll also keep your friends and family begging for more.