Buh-bye, brownies: Cooking with chocolate just got a lot more fun with these surprisingly savory recipes that call for this superstar ingredient.
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Thanks to its silky texture and complex blend of flavors, chocolate can be used to liven up more than just cookies and cupcakes: think meat, pasta and potato chips. Really! These four creative chocolate recipes show off everyone's favorite indulgence in a delicious new light.
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Next time you're making your favorite tomato sauce, stir in an ounce of dark chocolate or a tablespoon of cocoa powder before simmering begins. The sweetness of the chocolate will balance the tomatoes' acidity for delicious results—consider it your new "secret" ingredient.
CHOCOLATE-DIPPED POTATO CHIPS
Got a bag of potato chips lying around? If you love salted caramel ice cream, or have been known to dip bacon into maple syrup, this is the salty snack for you.
Begin by melting 5 ounces of couverture chocolate discs or Wilton's Candy Melts in a double boiler. Dip a ridged potato chip halfway into the melted chocolate, leaving the other half bare. Lay the chip on a baking sheet covered with wax or parchment paper and, if you like, garnish with sea salt before the chocolate hardens.
Repeat with the remaining chips, then refrigerate the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens fully.
CHOCOLATE BARBECUE SAUCE
Consider this the cousin of mole, which is an iconic Mexican sauce that's typically made with both chili peppers and chocolate. Slather it on chicken wings or pair it with sweet potato fries.
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ c. soy sauce
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. paprika
- 1 c. beer
- ⅓ c. brown sugar
- 1 oz. dark chocolate
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
COCOA STEAK RUB
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. sweet paprika
- ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. salt
- To make the mixture, combine the ingredients in a small bowl
- Before searing or grilling steak, massage the meat with this spicy-sweet rub.
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