Chocolate Beyond Dessert

Savory Chocolate FoodsChocolate is known all over the world as an ingredient for sweets, and for most people the word chocolate will conjure images of dessert. Believe it or not, however, this product lends itself very well to savory dishes as well. Here are some savory dishes that include chocolate as a flavoring agent.

In 9 Savory Dishes with Chocolate posted in Food-All Women’s Talk, Lyndsie Robinson says: “Because dark-chocolate is such a power food, lots of gourmets, gourmands, and foodies are experimenting and creating more savory recipes with this this dessert. You might think that the traditionally sweet treat wouldn’t taste good in a savory dish, but if you do it right, chocolate adds a richness and texture to many sorts of dishes. If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to try something new, consider making some savory recipes with this sweet!” Her recipes include a spinach pear salad with a chocolate vinaigrette dressing, and beef chili with chocolate. [Read more…]

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Dessert with Drama – The Amazing Crêpes Suzette

Crêpes Suzette

Credit: Or Hiltch

Crêpes Suzette is a dramatic dessert consisting of a thin pancake base generously drizzled with caramelized sugar, butter, orange juice, and orange zest. It is liberally topped with Curaçao liqueur or Grand Marnier and lit upon serving, so that the creation is set “aflame” or, as the French put it, “flambé.”

The First Crêpe Suzette

Legend has it that this dish was accidentally created by an assistant waiter named Henri Charpentier, who was preparing a dessert for the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII).   In his memoirs he says that the cordials on the table accidentally caught fire along with the dessert. Upon tasting the dessert, however, Henri decided it tasted delicious and he served it to the prince. The dessert would have been named Crêpes Princesse for the prince but, in a fit of chivalry, the prince asked that the name be changed to Crêpes Suzette in honor of a pretty guest in his party. [Read more…]

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Champagne: The Ultimate Wine for Dessert

Champagne The Wine DessertThrough centuries, champagne has inspired praises from connoisseurs, and to this day, it is a special treat when a meal is crowned with this clear, effervescent creation. There is a reason why champagne is considered the ideal wine for dessert. Epicurious, a website devoted to food and wine, gives the perfect reason for this. Chris Hallowell in this post “Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Perfect for any Celebration” shares this:

“…Consider these factors: Most bottles are blended from different vintage wines, resulting in a cuvée that’s greater than the sum of its parts; they tend to showcase minerality, a characteristic that adds depth to fruity, savory, meaty, and gamy flavors; and these wines possess an unparalleled acidity that cuts through rich, fatty dishes and surmounts even high-acid ingredients such as tomatoes or vinegars.”

Dessert and Wine Pairings [Read more…]

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