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Make These Sweet & Spicy Dinners for the Best Kind of Burn

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Simple, straightforward flavors are great. After all, who doesn’t love the concentrated sweetness of grilled fruit, the salty crunch of pretzels, or the bitter bite of black coffee? But there’s something exciting about combining seemingly contradictory tastes, like spicy with sour, salty with sweet, or (my personal favorite) sweet with heat.

As anyone who’s tried hot honey knows, sweet heat is absurdly addictive. There’s something about the combination of tongue-tingling spice with a sweet twist that can transform a dish from good to great. My favorite sweet and spicy bites tend to be snacks like trail mixes and salsas, but a recent dinner date with maple-roasted acorn squash with red pepper flakes reminded me that the flavor combination shines in more substantial dishes, too. If you’re looking for new ways to combine sweet and heat, here are 11 meals that’ll satisfy your cravings.

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Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings
Sweet & Spicy Sesame Dumplings
Chicken Fingers With Sweet Potatoes, Broccolini, and Hot Honey
Chicken Fingers With Sweet Potatoes, Broccolini, and Hot Honey
Thai Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Coconut-Lime Cream
Thai Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Coconut-Lime Cream
Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Red Pepper Flakes

Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple and Red Pepper Flakes by Kendra Vaculin

Pavo En Kol Indio

Pavo En Kol Indio by aargersi

Mike's Hot Honey-Glazed Salmon
Mike's Hot Honey-Glazed Salmon
Spicy Thai PB&J

Spicy Thai PB&J by Natalie

Dale Talde's Grilled Scallops with XO-Pineapple Fried Rice

Dale Talde's Grilled Scallops with XO-Pineapple Fried Rice by Top Chef

Spicy Orange-Ginger Chicken

Spicy Orange-Ginger Chicken by foxeslovelemons

Spicy Beef and Persimmon Korma

Spicy Beef and Persimmon Korma by Ginni Kelley

Orange Vegetable Pileup with Homemade Cottage Cheese
Orange Vegetable Pileup with Homemade Cottage Cheese

What’s a sweet-spicy dish you love? Share the recipe below!

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
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Tags: Dinner, Faster, Comfort Food, Spice, Spicy