Long time ago, when my parents were young and goofy and in love, my father used to sing that old classic song to my mother, “You’re the cream in my coffee / You’re the salt in my stew / You will always be my necessity / I’d be lost without you.” Then the whole family would sing along together (yes, we were that cheesy). As kids do, my sisters and I would make up new lyrics with our favorite flavor combos (jam on my toast, sauce on my pasta). Some foods are just meant to be together.
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One of my favorite food combos? Cornbread and chili. It’s a classic pairing, so why did it never occur to me to make them together—as a casserole? When I first tasted this recipe for Chili Cornbread Casserole in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, I couldn’t believe I had never thought of this simple, yet oh-so-brilliant, idea on my own. All the wonderful flavors and textures commingle in each delicious bite.
Get the recipe: Chili Cornbread Casserole
Some foods and flavors were just meant for each other. What are your favorite pairings? Tell us what you think below.