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American National Chocolate Week – Main Dish Recipes

It’s National Chocolate Week!

Let me repeat.

It’s National Chocolate Week! Throughout this week we will share recipes that involve all the chocolate you can handle and a few chocolate trivia and fun facts. Did you know chocolate is good for you? It’s true!

Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and is more powerful than blueberries according to AllChocolate.com. There is one caveat – the studies show that the richest source of antioxidants in chocolate is found in dark chocolate. To reap the best that chocolate has to offer chose products that are not mixed with milk and don’t follow the chocolate down with milk. Medical experts suggest that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants.

Here are a few appetizers and main dishes to get you started on the road to health!

Appetizers

Toast with Chocolate and Fleur de Sel

Chocolate ToastWarm toasted baguette loaf, dark or bittersweet chocolate a little Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt, what a great way to start off a meal celebrating the wonderful ingredient that is chocolate.

Recipe Link: Toast with Chocolate and Fleur de Sel Recipe

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberriesA classic recipe combining two delightful flavors and contrasting textures to create a party in the mouth. Often combined with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries has long had romantic ties, but it can be a fun party or family activity with each person dipping their own strawberries and choice of toppings, i.e. nuts, sprinkles, etc.

Recipe Link: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

Main Dishes

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub

Pork Tenderloin with CocoaWhy not use a cocoa spice rub on your pork tenderloin? It’s not the same as chocolate wrapped bacon, but it’ll work when creating elegant chocolate fare.

Recipe Link: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub Recipe

Brew House Baby Back Ribs

Brew House Baby Back RibsPeople will never believe the secret ingredient in your ribs is cocoa powder! As half the world gears up for Spring, thoughts of perfecting the perfect rib recipe dances in the heads of many an outdoor cook, get a leg up on the competition with this crowd pleaser.

Recipe Link: Brew House Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Cincinnati Chili with Chocolate Recipe

Cincinnati Chili with ChocolateChocolate and chili may seem an odd combination, but in reality it’s another perfect pairing. The trick here is, just like with the cocoa rubs in the meat recipes mentioned above, that you only use the chocolate to flavor your chili and beef.

Recipe Link: Cincinnati Chili with Chocolate Recipe

Quick Mexican Pork Mole

Mexican Pork Mole with ChocolateWhile Mexican, this easy pork mole recipe is not too spicy at all. Easy to make in only the time it takes you to boil your rice, a simple cube of unsweetened chocolate takes the pork mole to a total new level and in our HQ easily scores 5/5.

Recipe link: Mexican Pork Mole with Chocolate Recipe

Chicken Mole with Zucchine

Chicken Mole with ZucchiniAnother way to use mole, probably the most known one, is with chicken. This traditional Mexican sauce, where chocolate is added at the end, goes very well with the tender flavor of chicken and is both easy and quick to prepare. In this chicken mole, zucchini is added to complete the flavor of the chilies, cinnamon and oregano.

Recipe link: Chicken Mole with Zucchini

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Chicken Mole EnchiladasAnother simple and always loved way to use mole, is in chicken enchiladas. Just think about it slowly: chicken, chocolate enchiladas. Now repeat three times slowly: chicken chocolate enchiladas, chicken chocolate enchiladas, chicken chocolate enchiladas.

Here’s the recipe link for all of you who are hypnotizes by the thought of chicken chocolate enchiladas: Chicken Chocolate Enchiladas

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