When we think of chocolate, we typically picture something sweet and indulgent. Visions of cakes, brownies and cookies dance in our heads. But the bold flavors and complex notes of dark chocolate make it a perfect complement to many savory and spicy dishes as well. Here are nine great recipes that use chocolate in surprising ways.
Chocolate Fettuccine with Mascarpone and Lemon
- When it’s cold out, sometimes all you want to do is curl up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate (above). With a little cinnamon and chipotle, my Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe will keep even the Polar Vortex at bay.
- Chocolate Red Wine Beef Stew may sound unusual, but the bold flavors come together to make this a true comfort food meal.
- Pasta di cacao, or chocolate pasta, is well known in Italy but it is just starting to pop up on this side of the Atlantic. If you have a pasta maker, try Chocolate Fettuccini with Mascarpone and Lemon for an interesting twist on dinner.