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.
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.
Consider this the American cousin of mole, the iconic Mexican sauce that's typically made with both chili peppers and chocolate; you can slather it on chicken wings or pair it with sweet potato fries. Here's how to make it: In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 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 and 1 oz. dark chocolate; simmer until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. (Makes 1½ cups.)
Before searing or grilling steak, massage the meat with this spicy-sweet rub. To make the mixture, combine 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 2 tsp. sweet paprika, ¼ tsp. smoked paprika, ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. brown sugar and 2 tsp. salt in a small bowl; it's enough to rub down about 2 pounts of meat. Have leftovers? Store the rub in an airtight container for future meals.