Put blue cheese on your sprouts and CHOCOLATE on your turkey! The ‘best’ Christmas dinner flavour combinations revealed (but will you be trying them?)

We all know turkey and cranberry are a match made in heaven, but what about turkey and chocolate?

A new table published today reveals the best Christmas dinner flavour combinations – and some are completely bizarre.

From blue cheese and Brussels sprouts to chocolate on bacon, many of these perfect pairings are combinations most of us will have never even considered trying before.

But apparently they really do work together. 

A new table published today reveals the best Christmas dinner flavour combinations - and some are completely bizarre

A new table published today reveals the best Christmas dinner flavour combinations – and some are completely bizarre

The chart by Gousto says that turkey and chocolate are a perfect pairing, despite not being a well known combination
Does chocolate really go with turkey? It does if a new flavour chart is anything to go by

The chart by Gousto says that turkey and chocolate are a perfect pairing, despite not being a well known combination

The table, by recipe subscription box company Gousto, lists the most common ingredients in a Christmas dinner across horizontal and vertical axis, including Brussels sprouts, parsnips, cranberry and brandy.

Using white dots to indicate when a food matches with another ingredient, it charts the flavour combinations that work best together.

First pick an ingredient, either from the top or the side of the chart.

Then follow the line along to see which ingredient it pairs well with – which are marked with white dots.

Using white dots to indicate when a food matches with another ingredient, the graphic charts the flavour combinations that work best together

Using white dots to indicate when a food matches with another ingredient, the graphic charts the flavour combinations that work best together

Then you can try introducing a few of these pairing suggestions in your cooking this Christmas.

Some flavour combinations are more surprising than others.

Turkey obviously pairs well with cranberry, brussels sprouts, chesnut, potatoes, parsnips, bacon and sage.

But it also goes well with chocolate, prunes, dates and figs, according to the flavour chart. 

Gousto suggests fry Brussels sprouts with some chestnuts and bacon for a livelier festive side dish than usual

Gousto suggests fry Brussels sprouts with some chestnuts and bacon for a livelier festive side dish than usual

And if you’re bored of just steaming or boiling your Brussels sprouts for Christmas dinner, why not try topping them with blue cheese.

According to the chart, they’ll work nicely with them.

Or if you don’t want to take such a big risk, you can always fry them with some chestnuts and bacon for a livelier festive side dish, says the graphic.

Other bizarre – but apparently delicious – combinations include orange with smoked salmon, bacon and ginger,  and smoked salmon with cranberry.

Some of the ingredients have as many as 17 potential pairings. 

But a blog on Gousto’s website advises: ‘Now, we’re not suggesting you pop all of those together in a dish – too much of a good thing. 

‘But you can make some mouth-watering Brussels sprouts by combining them with chestnuts and bacon.’