9 Recipes That Balance Savory and Sweet

Modern tastebuds are used to flavor mashups. More and more restaurant desserts these days straddle the line between sweet and savory; so do appetizers, even entrees. We rounded up 9 of our favorite sweet-savory blended dishes from CHOW, appropriate for brunch, dessert, afternoon snacks, with drinks—however you choose to play it.

1. Bacon Jam

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Salty, smoky bacon is braised with onion, brown sugar, chicken broth, and Espelette pepper, then blended into a sweet-savory jam. Get our Bacon Jam recipe.

2. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

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Serve it as a first course, where the mix of sweet, salty, and aromatic whets the appetite, or at the end of a meal, to soften the transition to dessert. Get our Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad recipe.

3. Grilled Sangria

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Grilling the fruit (grapes, oranges, lemons, and apples) gives this red wine sangria a gently savory profile without nudging it too far. Get our Grilled Sangria recipe.

4. Autumn Night Sandwich

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A luxurious Taleggio grilled cheese, with the sweet addition of thick-sliced roasted yams and leaves of sage—sweet, rich, savory, and deeply perfumed. Check out our Autumn Night grilled cheese sandwich.

5. Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread

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Dried sage and Irish cheddar give this bread a savory grounding, grated tart-sweet Granny Smith apples give it a dessert-friendly personality. Get our Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread recipe.

6. Crispy Corn Fritters

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Fresh summer corn is cut off the cob and folded into a cayenne-spiced cornmeal batter along with finely chopped scallions. Heaping spoonfuls of the sweet and savory batter are fried until crisp and golden brown. Get our Crispy Corn Fritters recipe.

7. Zucchini–Brown Butter Cornbread

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A twist on standard zucchini bread, with cheddar and brown butter to provide an intriguing savory shadow. Get our Zucchini–Brown Butter Cornbread recipe.

8. Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits

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Buttermilk biscuits become the perfect breakfast bread with the addition of smoky bacon, white cheddar cheese, and herbs. Serve them as is, with scrambled eggs, or split and filled with a fried egg for the perfect wake-up sandwich. Get our Bacon-Cheddar Biscuits recipe.

9. Basil and Mozzarella Scones

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These tender scones are lightly sweetened, and savoried up with shredded mozzarella and aromatic fresh basil. Serve with charcuterie, or with sweet tomato jam. Get our Basil and Mozzarella Scones recipe.

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