14 Savory Recipes to Satisfy Chocolate Cravings
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14 Savory Recipes to Satisfy Chocolate Cravings

When chocolate cravings strike, sometimes dessert alone isn’t enough to cast them aside. Next time around, reach for these 14 savory ways to go beyond salted chocolate to get your theobromine fix. The unexpected depth and nuance that cacao adds to every dish is positively swoon-worthy — your taste buds will surely thank you.

1. Crispy Cauliflower Nachos (Vegetarian): A quick dusting of cornmeal gives every cauliflower floret a tempting crunch, sans frying. Paired with a chocolate-enhanced bean chili, avocado cubes and a smattering of quick-pickled jalapeños, every bite tastes deceptively sinful. (via From the Land We Live On)

2. Fire and Ice Ohio Chili: You won’t believe what the secret ingredient is in this fire and ice (hint, hint) chili. Okay, we’ll spill — it’s dark chocolate ice cream! (via Food and Wine)

3. Steak and Ale Pie: Put any leftover stout from your last shindig to use in this rich pie. The combo of flaky crust and super tender meat will make your eyes roll. (via Foodness Gracious)

4. Matcha Dark Chocolate Popcorn: You’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants in every handful of this uniquely flavored popcorn. (via Nutrition Stripped)

5. Spicy Chocolate Bean Dip: This dip is equally wonderful scooped up with tortilla chips as it is your favorite flavor taquito. (via Runnin Srilankan)

6. Slow Cooker Mole Chicken Wings: Don’t be surprised if the sweet-spicy-smokey flavor combo coating these wings makes you wonder why you haven’t switched things up from buffalo sauce sooner. (via Betty Crocker)

7. Chocolate Baguette: Imagine just how good your kitchen will smell as this loaf bakes in the oven. Up the savory quotient by spreading slices with salted butter, or dipping them in olive oil. (via I Food Blogger)

8. Chili With a Secret Ingredient (Vegan): A smattering of chocolate adds amazing depth and complexity to every spoonful of this protein-packed chili. (via Gratitude and Greens)

9. Smokey Butternut Squash and Cacao Soup: Don’t reserve this squash soup for fall alone; this blend featuring a duo of cacao nibs and bittersweet chocolate deserves to make an appearance all year long. (via Earthy Delights)

10. Simple Slow Cooker Pork Mole (Paleo): Mole may require a long list of ingredients, but using a slow cooker helps to simplify the process in a big way. Pop everything in the pot, set it on low for about eight hours, and viola, dinner’s served! (via Foraged Dish)

11. Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs: You don’t even need to light the grill to cook up these tender ribs. Even better, they’re prepped the night before, making them a perfect choice for weeknight dining. (via Saveur)

12. Salted Chocolate Covered Roasted Cashews: You can use your favorite nut or a mix of several different varieties to make these three-ingredient snacks. (via Savory Simple)

13. Strawberry Fennel Arugula Salad With Cacao Nibs: The peppery arugula, fennel and strawberries in this salad practically scream spring. Tossed with a vanilla bean vinaigrette and sprinkled with cacao nibs in lieu of croutons, it’s certainly a one-of-a-kind selection. (via Cafe Johnsonia)

14. Chili Chocolate Covered Potato Chips: Use your favorite thickly cut potato chip and either milk or dark chocolate to make these salty-spicy confections. (via My Food Story)

Are you team sweet or savory, or just team give me the chocolate NOW? Share your favorite ways to use chocolate in an unexpected way below.