Savory Dark Chocolate Recipes to Feed Your Salty-Sweet Addiction

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Savory Dark Chocolate Recipes to Feed Your Salty-Sweet Addiction

Dark chocolate is not just good for you, it's also great in savory dishes. Read on to discover three chocolate recipes you'll want to try!

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Chocolate Mole Chicken

Did you know that chocolate and spices actually pair perfectly together? The bittersweet flavors of the dark chocolate compliment the sweet-and-savory heat of spices like cinnamon and cumin. In a mole sauce, they come together to create a creamy, flavorful topping for chicken. To Make: Heat one tablespoon canola oil over medium heat in a large saucepan; add 1 cup chopped yellow onion, and cook for 3 minutes or until translucent. Add 2 teaspoons minced garlic, and cook for another minute. Stir in 1 teaspoon each of cumin and cinnamon as well as ½ teaspoon each salt and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in one (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles; simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in 3-ounces chopped dark chocolate until melted. Cool slightly. Process in a food processor for 30 seconds or until smooth. (Add some water if sauce is too thick.) Spoon sauce over cooked chicken.

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Parmesan-Chocolate Crostini

Yep. We said it—pair your dark chocolate with Parmesan cheese, and you’ll be hooked. In fact, scientists who study food pairings by comparing different foods’ concentrations of their aromatic compounds and are match together based on having similar compounds. They found that the umami-like saltiness of the parmesan brought out the depth of flavor in the chocolate, and similarly, the chocolate brought out unique fruity notes in the cheese. To Make: Top small slices of crusty bread with equal amounts each of dark chocolate and parmesan. Place under the broiler until the chocolate and cheese begin to melt.

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Chocolate Steak Sauce

Savory, juicy steak and rich dark chocolate are a match made in heaven. They both have enough bold flavor that they don’t over power each other, and since this sauce also contains wine, another classic to pair with both chocolate and steak, it doesn’t get much better than this. To Make: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute 1 cup of chopped yellow onion for about 2-3 minutes, just until translucent. Add 3 teaspoons garlic and sauté for 1 minute; add 1 cup red wine and cook until reduced by half. Remove skillet from heat; add 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate and 1 beef bullion cube and stir until completely melted and absorbed. Top lean steaks that have been cooked to your liking with about a tablespoon of sauce each.

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Dark chocolate boasts superfood status from its many disease-fighting antioxidants (called flavonoids), and in addition, it has a surprising 3 grams of fiber per 1 ounce serving. The darker the chocolate, the more benefits you'll get, so aim for a cocoa content of at least 70% to get the biggest antioxidant bang for your buck. But here's one thing you might not know about dark chocolate—it's just as good in a savory disg as it is sweet. See if you're bold enough for these recipes...

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