When most people think about chocolate, they think about enjoying a sweet treat at the end of a long day or as a midday pick-me-up.
While chocolate is certainly great for these purposes, its uses extend so much further. In fact, chocolate can be incorporated into a huge range of recipes—and we’re not just talking about cakes, cookies, and pies. Savory recipes are fair game too, as proved by these delectable chocolatey entrees.
Try not to think of Austin Powers while you rub down your baby back ribs with a variety of spices—including allspice, cinnamon, and ginger, high-quality cocoa powder, and just a touch of mustard powder. These are at their best if they’re allowed a whole day to soak up the rub, so prepare them on a Sunday and start your week off right with a flavorful dinner on Monday night.
Be warned: Once you sample these nachos, you may never again be satisfied by the real thing. Cauliflower gets breaded and baked to serve as the “chips” in this quirky take on the Mexican classic. Add to that some homemade pickled jalapenos, cubed avocado, sliced red onion, cilantro, lime, and—the pièce de résistance—vegetarian chocolate chili (which calls for raw cacao powder)—and you’ve got yourself an utterly delicious lunch.
One thing to be aware of when eating this salad, it may remind you of a chocolate covered strawberry. The ripe, sweet strawberries and vanilla vinaigrette will make your mouth water as soon as you take your first bite. Once you taste the crunchy cacao nibs, the chocolate element will set in - all of the flavors combined in this salad merge nicely. Be sure to serve immediate after the dressing is added, no one likes a soggy salad.
If you really want to impress your dinner guests, whip up this fancy-shmancy recipe for savory chocolate ravioli. Not only does it taste delicious, but it looks beautiful, too. The trick is to add one ounce of dark chocolate to the dough. After creating the filling and putting the ravioli together, sprinkle the final product with roasted cocoa nibs just prior to serving.
This might sound like an unlikely combination, but it really works. Far from becoming too sweet, this soup packs a zesty punch thanks to a combination of garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, freshly ground pepper, chili paste, paprika, and a variety of other spices. Three ounces of bittersweet chocolate add rich undertones to these tantalizing flavors.
Here’s one straight from the kitchen of TCHOPros. While Thanksgiving may come but once a year, you can enjoy its flavors at any time thanks to this Turkey-Day-inspired sandwich. All the Thanksgiving classics are here: cranberry sauce, turkey, crusty bread, and hearty root vegetables. Top it all off with a drizzle of drinking chocolate, and you’ll find yourself transported right to November.