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When Sweet & Savoury Go Hand in Hand

ChocoChili“Sweet” and “Savoury” flavours make up many of our favourite foods and recipes.
Who doesn’t like the sweet taste of fruit, chocolate or a Chelsea buns rolled in sugar and cinnamon! And  the savoury flavours of food without sugar, such as fragrant spices, meat, vegetables, biscuits and nuts.

But what happens when sweet and savoury go hand in hand? FLAVOUR galore. Great cooks from cuisines around the world know that some of the best dishes in the world come from letting the sweet complement the savoury – and the savoury complement the sweet!

Some of our most popular sweet and savoury choices:

  • Sweet and sour chicken, beef or pork
  • Pineapple on pizza
  • Applesauce served with pork
  • Baked brie with fig sauce
  • Ketchup on fries!

Now try out these other sweet and savoury combinations:

Easiest meatballs ever

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar of chili sauce
  • 1½ cups grape jelly
  • 2 pounds (32 ounces) frozen meatballs
  • Cook until heated through. Excellent when made in a slow cooker.
  • Chili with chocolate
  • Add 1-2 Tablespoons of chocolate to your favourite Chili recipe.

Maple-Glazed Peanuts & Bacon

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups unsalted roasted peanuts (1 pound)
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. each of paprika, celery salt, red pepper flakes
  • 3 thick slices of bacon (3 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp, then finely chop.
  2. Mix the mustard and spices together.
  3. Add the peanuts, maple syrup and bacon and toss until the peanuts are evenly coated.
  4. Scrape the nuts onto a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring once, until the maple syrup has thickened.
  5. Let the peanuts cool completely, stirring frequently to break up any large clumps.
  6. Put nuts to a large bowl and serve.