Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The five best food pairings for a Shamrock Shake

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 9:15 AM

The Shamrock Shake is back.
  • The Shamrock Shake is back.

Love it or loathe it, the Shamrock Shake is back at McDonald's.

Now that the annual day-glo homage to St. Patrick's Day isn't going anywhere, Fat City decided that it might be time to suggest a few food pairings for the Bernie Mac favorite. While some on The Pitch staff jokingly suggested that syrup of ipecac should be the top result, we took this assignment a bit more seriously and put together the five best food pairings for a Shamrock Shake.

5. French fries. Dipping your french fries in your milkshake is a taste experience that can be enjoyed, no matter how poor the fries or the shake. And, at times, it's the only way to save a bad version of either.

4. Fried chicken livers from Go Chicken Go. Fatty, salty and sweet -- odds are something in the fried chicken might even offer up a taste of umami. The two together will likely be unforgettable.

3. Oversized soft pretzel. Whether it's the pretzel at Beer Kitchen served with smoked gouda as recommended by Charles Ferruzza or a ballpark pretzel that is dredged in oversized salt, a hot bready snack would stave off brain freeze and complement the richness of the Shamrock Shake.

2. Whiskey. You might as well make a frozen version of a mint julep. Mint and whiskey are a delightful pair, and vanilla and bourbon have been dessert partners for years. Maybe it's time McDonald's launched a line of spiked shakes.

1. Corned-beef sandwich. It's St. Patrick's Day. You might be able to skip the cabbage, but you've got to snag a few bites of corned beef each March.

What are you pairing with your Shamrock Shake?

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