Crunchy, Soft and Piquant

The Prompt: 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.

Crunchy, Soft and Piquant

Potato chips, ketchup and cottage cheese! I imagine this pairing came about by accident one day at a school or church picnic on a too-small plate, and some flavor memory insists there were baked beans and a hamburger on the same plate; but somehow the vital ingredients came to be the salty-crunchy chips, the creamy-soft cheese and the piquant perfection of Hunts Ketchup. (For the uninitiated, the process is to dip the chip in the ketchup and then scoop up the cheese.)

I don’t usually keep potato chips in the house anymore because I can’t be trusted with them, and cottage cheese is so expensive in Mexico that I don’t usually buy it; but when I make a trip to Costco in Guadalajara, invariably I’ll come home with one of their huge containers of cottage cheese and somehow, magically, potato chips appear (If you buy it, they will come) and the house echoes with the strains of some culinary Indian Love Call coming from the heart of my fridge, “When I’m calling you u u u u u u.” And so it is that the unlikely trio are reunited once again, probably late at night when even the dogs are fast asleep and no one is looking.

9 thoughts on “Crunchy, Soft and Piquant

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  2. Ann O'Neal Garcia

    How humorous and weird–the food you crave is absolutely strange! I would imagine you must dip yr chip into the ketchup and then into the cottage cheese only if you’re the only one indulging. I can imagine doing this at a party, and I am getting this vivid visual of a big bowl of ketchup-y cottage cheese. The other party goers leave it ALL to you! Interesting about people’s food desires. When we went to the Pueblo meals after the big dances (we went to 7 homes, sat down to 7 feasts) we were surprised to see green jello with cottage cheese on every table–mutton stew, Indian bread, etc, the things you’d expect, but the green jello with the white polka dots….quite the surprise. I like the ending about the dog. Your dog is less sensitive than mine. No matter what time of night I sneak into kitchen to get a bite of some “forbidden” food, Freddy is right there at my heels. The sound of the fridge door opening is an alarm to him.


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  4. grieflessons Post author

    But, Ann, you didn’t reveal your own absolutely strange yens by telling what weird food combinations you like! I also like vinegar and sweet pickles in my chili!!!


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