June 10, 2024 | Penelope Singh

45 Strange Food Combinations People Actually Eat

When the Cravings Call...

From coleslaw mashed potatoes and queso jell-o to vegetable beef pancakes and about a dozen weird sandwich combinations—here are some of the strangest food combinations that people actually eat, and enjoy!


How Dog Creole

This interesting dish consists of: hot dogs, rice, bell peppers, onions, and pineapple chunks—topped with ketchup.

Creole mustard with jalapenosjeffreyw, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Cheese Waffles

Basically, its Eggo waffles with a slice of Kraft cheese and little syrup drizzled on top.

Ham & cheese wafflesEliza Adam, Flickr

Collard n’ Onion Sandwich

This is a sandwich with few ingredients: collard greens, sliced onions, and lots of mayonnaise.

Collard n’ Onion SandwichVilseskogen, Flickr

BBQ Ice Cream

This works for nearly any flavor, really. It’s just ice cream drizzled with BBQ sauce—the spicier the better!

BBQ ice creamWally Gobetz, Flickr

Vegetable Beef Pancakes

This dish consists of fresh pancakes with leftover beef souped poured over top in place of syrup.

Oyster pancakeAlpha, Flickr

PB, Cheese and Lettuce Sandwich

It’s exactly how it sounds—bread with peanut butter slathered on both slices, then pile on the lettuce, top it with cheese, and close it all together. Delicious!

Tasty and fresh sandwich5 second Studio, Shutterstock

Mustard and Marshmallow Pretzels

To make this snack, dip pretzels in marshmallow fluff, and then dip it in mustard. If you’re brave enough to try it, it’s apparently strangely good.

Pretzel with hot mustardSarah Stierch, Flickr

Mashed Coleslaw Potatoes

Basically, to make this dish you simply mix coleslaw in with your mashed potatoes. Stir it all together and eat it as one.

pulled pork dishIngrid Richter, Flickr

Salmon Lasagna

Salmon lasagna is exactly what it sounds—lasagna made with salmon in place of other meat.

italian lasagna with salmondenio109, Shutterstock

Chicken Livers Shake

To enjoy this one, simply dip your chicken livers in a peanut butter milkshake.

Sauteed Chicken LiverwEnDy, Flickr

Cheese Wafers

This snack can be altered depending on your preference of cheese. Basically, it involves vanilla wafer cookies eaten along with cheese—either sliced cheese, cheese cubes, or cheese spread.

Cheese wafersYessi Frenda, Shutterstock

Salad-Topped Grits

For this one, mix strawberry jam into a large bowl of grits. Then, mix Italian dressing into a salad. After that, mix the two mixtures together and enjoy them with a delicious relish!

Shrimp with Risotto CakeLarry Hoffman, Flickr

Salmon Cheesecake

Simply add a salmon fillet on top of a piece of cheesecake.

Potato Cake with Smoked SalmonAlpha, Flickr

Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese and Miracle Whip

This dish can be enjoyed on its own, or atop of a toasted piece of bread. Simply mix together chopped tomatoes, cottage cheese, and a dollop of miracle whip.

SmörgåstårtaPomax, Flickr

Steak-Flavored Gummy Bears

This is a great snack for around the bonfire—dip your gummy bears in the BBQ sauce of your choice.

Gummy Bearsdreyboblue, Flickr

Bacon Grease Sandwich

A popular snack among the elderly who don’t like to waste food. Simply take your hardened bacon grease and slather it on some freshly toasted bread. Go ahead and add any other toppings.

Grease laden breakfastJ J, Flickr

Peanut Bitter and Onion Biscuits

When your homemade buttermilk biscuits are still hot, fill them with peanut bitter and Vidalia onion slices—yum, yum!

cheddar and green onion biscuitTiny Banquet Committee, Flickr

Queso Jell-O

To make this fun party snack simply slather queso dip all over some green Jell-o. It’s said to somehow taste like cheesecake.

Kitchen Chemistry savory jelloScience History Institute, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Butter and Sugar Sandwich

This is another popular snack from childhood. It’s just white bread with butter and sprinkled sugar on top.

low fat sandwichPraveen, Flickr

Chocolate Chip Chili

Once you’ve filled your bowl with steaming hot, fresh chili—top it with crumbled chocolate chip cookies. Its dinner and dessert all in one!

Dried Hot Pepper On Top Of Sliced Chocolate BarKarolina Kaboompics, Pexels

Cheese Gingersnaps

This snack is easy and delicious. Simply take a slice of longhorn cheese and put it on top of a gingersnap cookies.

It’s really the only way to eat gingersnap cookies.

Ice Cream SandwichRalph Daily, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Brown Bag Sandwich

A Brown Bag Sandwich is basically any sandwich topped with a ridiculous number of toppings. A favorite combo includes: peanut butter, mayonnaise, pickle, tomato, and banana.

Alex's Brown BagKirk K, Flickr

Ketchup on Eggs

This breakfast combo is quite popular in many places, actually. Especially sunny-side-up eggs topped with a good helping of ketchup.

Smiley on a Plate Made of Sunny Side Up Eggs and a Sausagecottonbro studio, Pexels

Sugar on Grits

Simply top your grits with several packages of white sugar.

Grits with butterdanuv, Flickr

Onion Sandwich

An onion sandwich is a delicious combo of onions on bread, topped with mustard and pepper.

Onion SandwichJimmy Emerson, DVM, Flickr

Gravy Pie

Gravy Pie can include any and all flavors of pie, and any and all flavors of gravy. The choice is yours!

Steak & Kidney PieChris Bloom, Flickr

Beans and Mayo

This combination makes a great side dish. Mix your black-eyed peas or butter beans with Duke’s mayonnaise, and eat it with a saucy steak.

A side dish of potato saladpixabay.com, Picryl

Pudding-Dipped Nuggets

This is a popular with kids, for sure. Simply dip your chicken nuggets in chocolate pudding—you won’t regret it.

A breaded white meat chicken breast patty with rib meaFamartin, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Spaghetti Sauce Grits

People seem to like to add anything to grits—including spaghetti sauce. If it’s homemade sauce, it’s better.

Spaghetti and SauceDiadem Imagery, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

PB, Ketchup and Bologna Sandwich

Another interesting sandwich combo—spread the peanut butter on both slices, add a few slices of bologna and top it with ketchup before squishing the bread together.

bologna sandwichstu_spivack, Flickr

Peanut Butter and Cheese

We’ve all heard of jam and cheese, but have you heard of peanut butter and cheese sandwiches? They’re a must-try.

Cheesy Peanut Butter Ringcogdogblog, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Watermelon and Feta Cheese

Simply crumble up some feta and add it to your sliced watermelon chunks and enjoy!

Watermelon cheese and mint saladLarisa Blinova, Shutterstock

Fries and Honey

Another popular combo with kids is fries dipped in honey. This works well with any and all fries!

baked oven fries & special saucetracy benjamin, Flickr

Honey on Pizza

Another good use of honey is drizzling it on top of your pizza slice. This could also work with maple syrup.

Quattro formaggi with honeyHideya HAMANO, Flickr

Peppered Apples

Instead of cinnamon, sprinkle black pepper on your sliced apples for a bit of a kick.

Baked apples in baking sheetlarisa Stefanjuk, Shutterstock

PB & Pickle

Another decadent sandwich combination includes crunchy peanut butter and crunchy pickles—the perfect blend of nutty and sour.

peanut butter and picklesEric.Ray, Flickr

Boiled Eggs with Tomato Paste

After you’ve taken the shell off your boiled egg, bite off a chunk of the top and then top it with tomato paste (or a tomato sauce of your choice) and then have at it! People who like this usually add more sauce for each bite.

Bland boiled eggs cooked in tangy tomatoVaibhav R Vardhan, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Oreos Dipped in Salsa

Looking for a sweet and spicy combo? Oreos dipped in salsa won’t disappoint. People seem to prefer the chunky medium kind and the double stuffed oreos—yum!

Oreo biscuitmihoda, Flickr

Beans on Pizza…With Eggs

Ok, hear us out on this one. Homemade pizza, with baked beans (the kind from the can) on top, plus fried eggs.

Big fans of this one say to cook the eggs on top of the pizza, in the oven.

Pizza with fave beans, pancetta, smoked mozzarellalulun & kame, Flickr

Deviled Eggs with Spaghetti-O’s

When making deviled eggs, replace the yolk with Spaghetti-O’s and top with any herbs you may like.

Food on White Ceramic SpoonPixabay, Pexels

Pickle Snow Cones

Swap the sugary-syrup in your snow cone with pickle juice and add a pickle spear in there for good measure. This makes a great summer snack.

Dill pickles - Filled jarsRebecca Siegel, Flickr

Peanuts in Coke

Add a little side flavor to your soda this summer—peanuts added to Coca Cola is said to be delicious!

Male hand holds a bottle of Coca Cola with peanutsSunvic, Shutterstock

Popcorn with Ketchup

Swap your melted butter for ketchup this evening and give your palette a flavor it’ll thank you for. Some top with a pinch or two of salt, as well.

image of popcornJoelle Nebbe-Mornod, Flickr

Toasted Bagel with a Sour Crunch

A yummy lunch: a toasted sesame seed bagel topped with cream cheese, sliced pickles and Goldfish crackers.

plain toasted bagel with cream cheeseMBK (Marjie), Flickr

Frozen Soup Popsicles

Instead of using juices for your homemade popsicles this summer, try canned soups. Chunky clam chowder is a favorite, actually. Just fill your popsicle holder with the soup right out of the can and pop it in the freezer.

Frozen strawberry pureeAhanov Michael, Shutterstock

What did we miss?

Did we miss any other creative and delicious combinations you enjoy? Do you like any of the ones on this list? Let us know!

Adult woman with raw foodVoyagerix, Shutterstock


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