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When chocolate goes savoury


1st Jan 2015 Recipes

When chocolate goes savoury

Traditionally, cooking with chocolate means desserts: mousse, brownies, chocolate cake. This time round we're taking our cues from Mexican cuisine and trying something a little different. Here are 10 delicious ways to make chocolate savoury. 

Chocolate and black bean chilli 

Chocolate and black bean chili
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This recipe is a delicious twist on a classic chilli dish, and can be made for meat eaters or vegetarians.

Chocolate is a quintessentially Mexican flavour and so it makes the perfect partner to the spice of the chilli. 



Roasted strawberry, brie and chocolate grilled cheese

roasted strawberry brie and chocolate grilled cheese
Image via How Sweet Eats

If you have a sweet tooth then roasted strawberries are a treat you can't miss out on.

The delicious combination of the sweet strawberries, savoury cheese, extra crusty bread and sharp dark chocolate makes for a serious treat food that's simple and quick to prepare. What's not to love?



Pulled pork in chocolate chipotle sauce

pulled pork in chocolate chipotle sauce
Image via Gambas and Grits

Bored with traditional Sunday roast pork, try this pulled pork in chocolate chipotle sauce recipe taking its inspiration from both Spanish and Mexican flavours.

Using dark chocolate sweetened with indulgent brown sugar, the recipe is sure to be a winner, with plenty of leftovers to use up throughout the week.

Warning: This dish comes with a serious kick!



Steak in chocolate and coffee sauce

steak in chocolate and coffee sauce
Image via Great British Chefs

This luxurious meal uses Callebaut, one of Belgium’s most indulgent dark chocolates, for a lavishly textured and delicately flavoured sauce.

The inclusion of two espresso shots gives the whole taste a lift, and really compliments the taste of the steak. 



Chocolate pasta with Gorgonzola cream sauce

chocolate pasta with Gorgonzola cream sauce
Image via Foodie Crush

The saltiness of the Gorgonzola cheese perfectly compliments the sweetness of the chocolate in this pasta dish.

If you’re not a blue cheese fan, the Gorgonzola can be swapped with Parmesan for a more neutral, but still decidedly cheesy, flavour. 



Cocoa–rubbed baby back ribs

cocoa-rubbed baby back ribs
Image via Saveur

The chocolate in this rub goes perfectly with warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and ginger.

Cocoa powder adds depth while the fiery mustard gives it some heat.

This recipe can be prepared ahead of time to make it an easy and tasty weeknight meal.



Smoky butternut squash and cacao soup

smoky butternut squash and cacao soup
Image via Earthy Delights

This Latin American soup recipe hits all the right notes. Its flavours are spicy, smoky and rich with just a hint of sweetness.

The soup uses all the parts of the cacao; the unsweetened nibs, roasted and crushed fermented beans and dark chocolate.

Like many homemade soup recipes, this tastes even better when reheated the next day, so be sure to make a big batch!



Chocolate baguettes

chocolate baguettes
Image via I Food Blogger

What better to dip in your chocolate soup than a delicious, crusty chocolate baguette?

This bake is sweet, chocolatey and as airy, soft and chewy as an ideal regular baguette.

The finished result also has a lovely brown colour. 



Spicy chocolate bean dip

This flavourful dip will send any chocolate lover’s senses into overdrive.

The vegetarian dip combines the chocolate flavour with tomato, paprika, chilli, honey, lime and salt.

For a bonus, any leftover dip can be watered down and enjoyed as a soup the next day.

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