10 Surprising Things to Do with Chocolate
Chocolate, 10 Ways
Make a break from the bar with a tempting sweet or savory treat that starts with chocolate.
#1 Top a Chicken Sandwich
Ditch boring grilled chicken. We've spiced up this zesty sandwich with a slathering of homemade Mexican mole sauce (hello, chocolate!) and chopped papaya for a fresh tropical twist.
#2 Add a Crust to Salmon
Chocolate with fish? Believe it! Rich cocoa and nutty almonds provide the crust atop this 30-minute anything-but-basic salmon.
#3 Stuff Inside Ravioli
Rethink your pasta course. Serve warm baked ravioli for dessert, and you'll be rewarded with crunchy pockets filled with luscious, oozing milk chocolate.
#4 Saute in a Sauce
White chocolate + shrimp = delicious. Don't take our word for it: Find out for yourself with our easy and elegant one-dish meal.
#5 Twist into a Sweet Snack
No arm twisting here! Ultra-chocolaty pretzels are sure to satisfy your most intense chocolate cravings. Keep a batch in the freezer for any time you need a sweet snack.
#6 Sprinkle onto a Salad
Chocolate on salad? Yes, please! A delicious balance of sweet, tart, tangy, and fresh, this salad proves chocolate and citrusy greens are a perfect pairing.
#7 Rub onto Pork Tenderloin
We're crazy for cocoa-crusted pork! Top juicy tenderloin with a robust rub of dark cocoa powder, bitter coffee, and spicy chili powder. Temper the heat with a tart sour cherry salsa.
#8 Coat Baked Chicken
No grill? No problem. You can enjoy these oven-barbecued chicken breasts any time of year. Ancho chile pepper brings the heat while bittersweet chocolate deepens the flavor.
Tip: This chocolaty barbecue sauce can be used on pork chops or grilled meaty fish, such as swordfish or halibut.
#9 Whip into Butternut Squash
Give sweet butternut squash a little spice. You'll understand why opposites attract in this comforting side dish swirled with rich cocoa and spicy ground chile pepper.
#10 Add Flavor to Chili
Not for the faint of heart, our South-of-the-Border chili is loaded with rich chocolate and smoky chipotle peppers. Want even more flavor? Finish the bowl with a sprinkle of dark cocoa powder and a cooling dollop of sour cream.
Bonus Idea: Braise Short Ribs
Marry chocolate and espresso, and you'll have the start of a delicious sauce. Three's company when you add short ribs for an elegant take on classic comfort food.