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Jun 21, 2008 01:20 PM

Anyone put chocolate in shepherd's pie?

I usually put an ounce of dark chocolate in chili, and I'm wondering if it will work in shepherd's pie too. Has anyone tried it?

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  1. I happen to be making it tomorrow, and I love chocolate, so I'll add some cocoa (all I have on hand) and see what happens. It can't be all bad! I bet some coffee would be good too.

    1. My question for you... is why? what does it do for the food? i can kinda see the chocolate with the chili.... chocolate and cayenne pepper go well... but I'm thinking don't do it to the shepherds pie... and the other question is how big of a batch of chili do you make? does one ounce even make a noticeable difference....just asking because i don't know... i never have heard of anyone doing this and i'm thinking there is a reason for it....

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      1. re: t_broncatti

        I too use dark bitter chocolate in my Chili - love it (kind of like Mole in the mexican world). I love it adds deep flavors to the meats (I usually use 3-5 different types of meat in my chili).

        I would try it in shephards pie, particularly if you are putting in several diff. types of meat and chunk pieces - not your typical ground meat for shephards pie.

        A stepped up Shep Pie :-)

        Tell us how it turned out.

        1. re: t_broncatti

          The mild peppers that form the 'base notes' to a good chili have a bitter component. So does chocolate.

          What are the other seasonings in your shepherd's pie?


        2. Well I tried it last night, starting with just 1/2 ounce, so not to overdo it. It was a really nice touch and definitely doesn't need more than 1/2 ounce in the shepherd's pie. I also put quite a bit of Worcestershire and a teaspoon of sugar. It was the best one I've made!