Cooking is all about combining flavors. One of the fun things about cooking is that you often end up with combinations of ingredients and flavors that don't seem to go together – or at least, they don't seem like they should go together. Often, this will lead to recipes that sound really strange on paper and taste amazing when you actually try them.
Fruit and meat is one example of this.
The combination of fruit and meat is surprisingly controversial. A lot of people actually find the idea of using both in the same dish unappealing, especially when it comes to the more unusual pairings of fruit and meat.
Yet, there isn't any reason to be concerned. Fruit often combines well with meat dishes, adding a sweetness (and sometimes tartness) that acts as a contrast to the meat. After all, that difference between sweet and salty is becoming increasingly popular, so why not include it in the main course of a meal.
The main challenge with fruit and meat is simply finding the right types of fruit and meat to pair with each other. The right combination will result in the fruit complementing the meat while the wrong combination probably won't taste very good at all. Thankfully, the recipes in this post offer brilliant ideas about which fruits and meats go perfectly with each other.
Mango Chicken Stir Fry
Mango chicken is one of the more common examples of fruit and meat, and this particular recipe comes from lecremedelacrumb.com.
The rest of the dish is fairly spicy, so the mango acts as a sweet contract. This recipe is also a good way to get someone interested in the idea of fruit and meat because the fruit isn't even obvious when you look at the dish. I think most people would just assume that the yellow pieces were yellow pepper, not mango. Regardless, the dish looks great and it is also a very easy recipe to prepare.
Prosciutto Appetizer Cups with Melon
I love little cups like this for appetizers, especially as they end up looking so professional. This recipe comes from cookthestory.com and it highlights the combination of prosciutto and melon.
You might not have tried this particular combination before, but it does make a lot of sense, especially as prosciutto does tend to be pretty salty. However, one of the best things about these cups is probably that they are extremely simple to make. That makes them a perfect party option if you have very little time on your hands.
Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki
The flavor of teriyaki traditionally involves a combination of sweet and savory flavors, so using pineapple in the mix does make a lot of sense. In this case, the recipe we're looking at comes from steamykitchen.com and its a variation on the traditional approach to teriyaki.
In fact, the inclusion of pineapple in the recipe serves as a way to make the chicken healthier overall, as the pineapple acts as the primary sweetener. It is also a simple recipe, so it's a good one to choose if you want something easier to prepare.