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Savory chocolate recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

More than just dessert

Chocolate is most commonly used for the sweeter side of cooking and baking, but did you know there is a savory side of chocolate as well? Chocolate and cocoa powder have been used for years as a savory component of sauces and marinades, most popularly in Mexican recipes, and creative chefs today are incorporating cocoa powder and chocolate into remarkable main course meals. Adding chocolate to a dish adds a rich depth of flavor and a great contrast of sweet and savory - here are just a few of the centerpiece recipes you can make with chocolate.

Savory chocolate recipes

 

Traditional Chicken Mole

Makes 4 servingsIngredients:
Cayenne pepper to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 pounds chicken, cubed or cut into strips
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons mild chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
4 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoesDirections:
1. In a bowl, combine equal parts cayenne and black pepper to taste. Add chicken and toss gently to coat. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot and add chicken. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and reserve.2. Meanwhile, combine chili powder with cumin, cinnamon and more cayenne pepper and black pepper as desired. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the same pot and add chili powder mix. Stir with a spoon and heat over medium heat until blackened, about 6 to 8 minutes.3. Reduce heat to low, stir in chocolate, and continue stirring until melted. When chocolate is fully melted, add stewed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken and continue cooking until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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