Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and waffles may be a staple combo of food, but one must admit how odd the pairing is. How the two came to be is a matter of discussion, with some historians attributing it to a late 18th century addition when Thomas Jefferson purchased a waffle iron from France. According to historians, fried chicken, oddly enough, was a common breakfast meat and Jefferson simply utilized waffles as the side breakfast bread. Others note a post-Civil War culinary addition when Southern African-Americans migrated to the north. Since the dish doesn’t show up in what is considered the first African-American cookbook, What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking, a case is made that the dish originated in early 20th-century Harlem. Regardless of its origins, it is still one unique pairing of cuisines.