I am catering a chocolate-themed party and am looking for hors d'oeuvre using chocolate or any dish that can be small-sized to be finger food.
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Cocoa roasted almonds - Samsclub sells these, maybe others. Basically almonds with a subtle chocolate flavor, without any obvious sweetness.
Spanish style toast topped with melted chocolate, olive oil and salt (look on Food&Wine for 'recipe' from Adria or Andres).
Iron Chef America presentation using mole poblano.
Spain and southern Italy have a rabbit stew with a hint of chocolate that might be adapted.
i would do a cocoa and coffee crusted tenderloin skewer with a balsamic glaze. maybe a bite sized piece of the beef with a roasted baby portabella and some balsamic... i might actually make this now...
or possibly do the whole loin rolled in the cocoa and coffee, seared off really quick, then sliced super thin
I was thinking the same thing, but without the balsamic. To me, it would overpower the chocolate flavor, which can be subtle when crusting a roasted meat. Since this is for hors d'oeuvres, I would consider quartering the tenderloin lengthwise first, so you could have bite sized slices and good surface area for the coating. Also, as a play on the chocolate theme, how about a complementary flavored savory whipped cream to dollop on top? A little horseradish? cumin?