15 Food Pairings We Love Because PB&J Is So Two-Thousand and Late

When it comes to classic pairings in today’s foodie world, one particular item comes to mind: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Times are changing, which means there are more and more pairings that are seemingly iconic in the eyes of foodies nationwide. What could possibly top the stature of a PB&J?

Sure, they’re iconic, but they don’t have to be the only iconic pairing in our lives. Now that we think about it, these 15 pairings just might be the next PBJ stars of our hearts.

1. Nutella + Everything

Minimalist Baker

Since it’s arrival on the scene, Nutella has been changing the game. Now, it stands side-by-side with the stature of PBJ’s as an iconic lunchtime snack served up with banana slices.

Get the recipe here.

2. Avocado + Toast

Real Food

The combination of smashed avocado with lemon or lime, a pinch of salt and two pieces of toast is something we aren’t sure of how we lived without, yet are so glad we never have to again.

Get the recipe here.

3. Sea Salt + Caramel

Oh Sweet Basil

For whatever reason, this pairing never seizes to amaze. It’s even better when the two worlds are paired with an all-time favorite: pretzels (and chocolate!).

Get the recipe here.

4. Hot Sauce + Eggs

A Virtual Vegan

When it comes to breakfast, avocado toast has a close second to top the charts, and that’s hot sauce with eggs. Don’t ask us why we want our mouths to scream in the morning.

Think somewhere along the lines of coffee for your mouth; who doesn’t like coffee? Make your own hot sauce with this recipe here.

5. Honey + Oatmeal

My Bacon-Wrapped Life

This is the most natural way to sweeten your steel cut oats, and that’s exactly why we love it. Also, if you get local honey, this combo can help reduce your reaction to local allergies. Double win.

Even better? Trying this with peanut butter, because what isn’t better with a little peanut butter?

Get the recipe here.

6. Bacon + Eggs

Big Bear’s Wife

This oldie, but goodie is a classic pairing; one that we will likely never not love. If you’re vegetarian, there’s no harm subbing out bacon for that tofurkey or whatever y’all call fake bacon.

Try mixing up this iconic pair by stuffing both into a muffin. Get the recipe here.

7. Milk + Cookies

Minimalist Baker

Don’t let your gluten intolerance or vegan ways get in the way of your love for milk and cookies. Simply swap out normal dough for that of the gluten free variety, add coconut milk, and enjoy!

Try these gluten free chocolate chip cookies with your favorite milk for an indulgent treat. Get the recipe here.

8. Nut Butter + Smoothies

Strength and Sunshine

This health craze has stirred up some pretty amazing smoothies within the last year. Plus, who can turn down a peanut butter cup smoothie? Not us, that’s who.

Get the recipe here.

9. Roasted Cauliflower + Buffalo Sauce

Eating Well

This health-minded snack pairing has us questioning why we ever begged and pleaded against eating this wholesome veggie. Roasted cauliflower for the (forever) win.

Get the recipe here.

10. Mango + Chili

Martha Stewart Living

Simply sprinkle on your desired amount of chili powder and salt (if so desired) atop of your mango for a treat unlike any other. The spicy complexity of the chili brings out the natural sweetness of the mango, making a pairing unlike any other.

Get the recipe here.

11. Hummus + Pita

Gimme Some Oven

There’s nothing like a warm plate of pita bread served alongside freshly made hummus. Even better is hummus which is adequately seasoned and spiced. We’ll take seconds on that (or thirds . . .and fourths) every single time.

Get the hummus recipe here.

12. Spaghetti Squash + Meatballs

Iowa Girl Eats

This low cal and low carb take on a classic is becoming more and more well-known, even catching traction in the dining out world. Enjoy this modern spin in your own home or at restaurants like True Food Kitchen.

Try your take at this new classic by adding mountains of warm melted cheese. Get the recipe here.

13. Baked Brie + Wine

Maine Course

Mixing the acidity of a white wine with the creaminess of brie cheese is a pairing made in heaven for those of us down on earth. Try baked brie with cranberries and honey for heightened decadence.

Get the recipe here.

14. Chips + Salsa

A Spicy Perspective

For all intensive purposes, chips and salsa is a pairing that can be served at any time of day, and for any occasion. That’s why it’s become a staple in American cuisine, plus who can not like a homemade, zesty salsa?

Get the recipe here.

15. Pretzels + Beer Cheese

Sally’s Baking Addiction

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact reason that this combination makes sense, but logic has no place in our kitchen, or our foodie hearts. Better yet? Make your own beer cheese dip!

Get the recipe here.

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