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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.

Chocolate Covered Short Ribs

Makes 4 servingsIngredients:
1/4 cup diced bacon
6 pounds bone-in short ribs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 cups diced onions
1/4 cup diced shallots
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced peeled carrots
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups red wine
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups chopped canned diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 fresh thyme sprig
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons shaved or grated unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemaryDirections
1. Cook bacon in a large pot until crispy. Take bacon out of pot with a slotted spoon and reserve on paper towels. Sprinkle short ribs with salt and pepper and sear in pot with bacon drippings about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove ribs and reserve on a plate.2. Saute onions, shallots, celery, carrots and garlic in same pot until softened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour in red wine and bring mixture to a boil for about 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about half — be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to release any browned bits.3. Add broth, tomatoes, parsley, thyme spring, bay leaf, bacon and short ribs to pot. Stir and place lid over pot. Cook for about 1-1/2 hours. Take lid off of pot and continue simmering for 1-1/2 hours or until ribs are tender.4. Remove ribs with a slotted spoon and reserve on a plate. Remove bay leaf and spoon off any fat that has risen to the top of the sauce. Bring sauce to a boil for about 8 minutes or until it begins to become thick.5. Lower heat to medium and add chocolate, cocoa powder and rosemary. Cook, stirring, until chocolate melts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add ribs back into pot and cook until heated through. Serve warm.

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