Imagine something, if you will. It’s the year 3500. The apes have already risen and enslaved us, only to be taken over by alien overlords. Humans are done-zo. That’s all she wrote. Gone. As the aliens inevitably do something to reinvigorate the planet and hit the reset button on Earth, they will come across our records. They’ll see our wars, our innovations (that the aliens had 500 years before us), and, perhaps most important of all, they’ll see what we did to survive. They’ll see episodes of Essence of Emeril and Instagram photos of foods. They’ll see all of the best food pairings we as humans have come up with over time.
We’re not talking about the stuff that Michelin-starred chefs are creating, either. Those will live on in their own way. We’re talking about what you and I and Joe Everyman make. These are the pairings that you crave when you’re drunk and when you’re sober.
Below, check out our picks for the best food pairings that define humanity.