We’d love to eat chocolate all day, but we can’t. Or rather, we won’t. But we want to. To max our chocolate consumption without touching our daily sugar quota, we challenged ourselves to create a Valentine’s Day dinner using savoury chocolate recipes – a tasty Loop-hole, if you will, for every course.
We thought it made sense, considering RetailMeNot recently polled shoppers and determined that not only does 28 per cent of the country plan to buy chocolates for Valentine’s Day, but 30 per cent of the country plans to stay home.
Why not combine the two and choose from these chocolate-infused apps, sides and mains, and finish with your favourite chocolate dessert recipe for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day meal. A meal that includes chocolate in literally every dish, including the salad.
Feast your eyes on this all-chocolate Valentine’s Day menu
Sweet and Savoury Roasted ChickpeasRoast these chocolate- dusted chickpeas in advance for an app you and your lover can enjoy while you put the final touches on your chocolaty mains.
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Spicy Chocolate RojakConsider this Malaysian salad of pineapple, jicama, green mango, cucumber and deep fried tofu an analogy for a good relationship: sweet, spicy, nourishing, adventurous, and covered in chocolate, it’s the perfect dish to kick off a romantic meal.
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Mole Chicken WingsWhether you enjoy them as an app or a main, these spicy, chocolaty chicken wings are a good bet if you’re hoping to inspire a romantic round of finger licking – as long as you can avoid the temptation to do the honours yourself.
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Pumpkin Beer Risotto with Coffee Chocolate Glazed Short RibsNot only does this gorgeous recipe feature chocolate, it also includes beer and coffee. When you’ve already rounded the first, second and third bases of sinful deliciousness, taking it all the way home should be a cinch.
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Chickpea and Chicken Saucy SkilletRemove the chicken from this chocolate and chickpea recipe and it’s easily customized for vegetarians, making it a great compromise when one partner wants meat and the other does not. The vegetarian version also makes an excellent side.
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Mole Sauce CasseroleThink of this cheesy, layered casserole as a savoury chocolate lasagna. Rich and comforting, it is sure to satisfy.
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Chicken Mole RojoPop this chicken mole in your Crock-Pot in the morning for a relaxed Valentine’s dinner that leaves extra time for getting saucy.
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Beef and Pumpkin Chili MoleCan’t decide what to make for the big date night? This recipe has a little bit of everything: beef, pumpkin and chocolaty mole sauce, plus peppers, beans and beer.
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Jack's ChiliAdmittedly chili isn’t a great dish for new lovers, but Valentine’s Day is for established couples, too. The titular Jack in this recipe used the knowledge he gained from frequenting chili cook-offs to create this earthy, complex version, as warm and comfortable as the love of a trusted companion.
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Chocolate DessertFinding incredible chocolate dessert recipes is easy - choosing one is hard. To help narrow down your options, we present you with this list of three delicious choices: homemade chocolate candy bars, chocolate truffles with cognac and chocolate bourbon cake (pictured). Happy Valentine’s Day!
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