The cronut craze started it all: this croissant/donut hybrid created by the pastry masterminds at Dominique Ansel in New York City had people lining up for blocks to get a taste. But that was just the beginning. Now even more creative hybrids are popping up in cities across the US, daring people to stretch their imaginations and tantalize their taste buds. It doesn’t hurt that these sorts of things are very popular across social media, too.
So what’s next in this wild world of food hybrids? Here are a few that made the cut for our hybrid foods list which are starting to become popular.
Avocado burgers. An avocado burger might simply sound like a regular burger topped off with avocado – nothing too crazy there. But the latest trend actually involves swapping out the burger bun and replaces it with rounds of avocado instead. This one is admittedly a bit cumbersome to eat, and works best in slider form. But it plays nicely into the current low carb/high fat trend that’s been circulating for the past few years, and hey, who doesn’t like avocado? Just make sure to top it off with a couple cranks of sea salt for the tastiest results.
Spaghetti donuts. Pioneered by Pop Pasta in New York City, spaghetti donuts take everything you love about your favorite pasta dishes and transform it into a portable snack you can take on the go. It might seem a little strange at first, but there is something whimsical about enjoying spaghetti carbonara or Bolognese in donut form.
Poutine pizza. There is quite possibly no other hybrid on this list that is more indulgent than poutine pizza. It starts out with a regular pizza pie, but things start to go off the deep end a bit when French fries, gravy, and cheese curds are added on top. It’s unlikely anyone could handle more than one slice of this salty, cheesy aberration but it’s certainly worth a try! (image via MTL Blog)
Mufgel. Following the invention of the cronut, it was only a matter of time before other breakfast breads were similar mashed up. Introducing the “mufgel”: a muffin/bagel hybrid that can be sweet, salty, and everything in between. Some versions go the savory route: a pizza mufgel stuffed with sundried tomato cream cheese. Others head firmly into dessert territory, like the chocolate chip mufgel filled with Oreo cream cheese. One thing is certain: there is a mufgel for every palate!
Oatmeal latte. Who says you can’t get your caffeine fix and eat it too? This Starbucks secret menu item is bound to catch on once people realize how easy it is to get a jolt from their breakfast. Simply order an oatmeal bowl made with steamed milk (in lieu of water), along with a shot or two of espresso. Mix it all up with your favorite sweeteners and toppings, and you’ll be getting your day off to a healthy and wide-awake start. Bonus: it’s way healthier than just about any other drink on the Starbucks menu. (image via Bon Appetit)
Dumpling burger. The folks at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, located in Phoenix, Arizona, have come up with the perfect Asian fusion dish: the dumpling burger. The “Dragon” Dumpling Burger is inspired by xiolangbao, a Shanghai soup dumpling. The patty itself is made from a combination of beef and pork, and is topped with American cheese and caramelized onions. It’s all tied together with Sichuan-style pickles and a dumpling dipping sauce for a delicious sandwich that rivals even the famous ramen burger.
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