Now when we hear the word chocolate, most of our minds will instantly think of sickly delicious desserts, chocolate bars and thirst-quenching chocolate milkshakes. However, chocolate doesn’t have to always be sweet.
It sounds crazy and maybe slightly unappetising at first, but there are many recipes out there that pair meat, fish or salads with chocolate! Chocolate as an ingredient is filled with bitter flavours, hence why it can also be paired with savoury dishes so well. Chocolate has been a staple in desserts for many centuries, however the Mexicans have always used this popular ingredient in their traditional sauces.
The first interesting dish I came across when scrolling through the savoury chocolate recipes was the Steak in Chocolate and Coffee Sauce. I’m a huge fan of steak, but have never heard of it paired with a chocolate sauce! The author of the recipe claims that even though we associate the ingredient with sweet dishes, it compliments steak really nicely.
Another recipe that I came across that appears to be more popular is Chilli Con Carne with Dark Chocolate. This recipe is a lot more common and the dark chocolate adds a delicious depth of flavour that enriches the dish. Because chocolate is a big Mexican favourite, it goes perfectly with their traditional chilli dish.
I think we should all give chocolate a chance during World Chocolate Day, especially in savoury dishes! Finding the right combination and ratio can create the perfect mix of sweet and savoury, all in one mouthful!