At the end of the year, food experts like to make predictions about what will be trendy next year. This time last year, we were told that 2015 would be full of ugly, smokey and smelly foods. Some of those predictions came true, like the rise in pungent, fermented foods, while others, such as an increase in smokey foods, didn't seem to catch on, at least not in the culinary circles where I travel.

Pinterest has gotten into the prediction game, based on what its 100,000 million-plus users have been pinning lately. One of the social website's predictions, according to Eater, is that many sweet dishes will get a savory makeover. Take a look at some of these dishes found on Pinterest that are traditionally sweet but have been changed up to satisfy a savory craving.

  • Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread: Traditional monkey bread is a delicious ooey-gooey mess of melted butter and brown sugar, but in this version of the pull-apart treat, cheese and herbs replace the sweet stuff.
  • Savory Parmesan French Toast with Hollandaise Sauce: Instead of powdered sugar and maple syrup, this salty parmesan cheese-encrusted French toast is topped with a creamy hollandaise sauce.
  • Roasted Vegetable Struedel: Strudel is supposed to be filled with fruit and finished with a sprinkling of sugar on top of the pastry, right? Not in this version. The recipe replaces the fruit with roasted vegetables and cheese and the sprinkling of sugar with a sprinkling of grated cheese.
  • Savory Pancakes topped with a Crispy Fried Egg: No butter or syrup from these pancakes. Instead, the pancakes in this recipe are made with sun-dried tomatoes and parsley, and covered with the golden yoke of a fried egg.
  • Rice Krispies Cheese Crisps: When you combine crisp rice cereal, butter and marshmallows, you get a sweet treat that most kids love. If you sub out the marshmallows for cheddar cheese and bake it for a while, you get a savory treat.

carrot yogurt muffinSavory vegetable yogurt makes these whole wheat carrot muffins moist. (Photo: Robin Shreeves)

Sometimes, a recipe's makeover combines one savory ingredient where a sweet one was previously used or throws one sweet ingredient into a savory dish to make things interesting.

  • Carrot Oatmeal Muffins: Carrots in muffins aren't unusual, but it's the savory yogurt in this recipe that's the unexpected ingredient. From Blue Hill's line of vegetable yogurts, low-sugar carrot yogurt gives these sweet and savory muffins their moistness.
  • Venezuelan Chocolate Chicken: Dark chocolate adds a depth of flavor to the savory sauce to this skillet chicken dish. It's melted in at the end of the cooking time to the juices in the pan.

A year from know, we'll know if this sweet to savory trend kept on going. Even if it doesn't become the next big thing, it's always worth it for home cooks to get creative with ingredients and try something new. That's how we learn new skills and discover new recipes.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

2016 food trend: Sweet things go savory
In the new year, look for traditionally sweet dishes made with savory ingredients.