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SAVOURY CHOCOLATE

missclawdy Jan 16, 2012 03:10 PM

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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  1. paulj Jan 16, 2012 03:16 PM

    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.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/780925

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    1. re: paulj
      missclawdy Jan 16, 2012 05:25 PM

      I knew I could count on this site - thank you paulj

    2. biondanonima Jan 16, 2012 05:49 PM

      Chocolate covered bacon, either as a nibble by itself or as a garnish on a larger hors d'oeuvre!

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      1. re: biondanonima
        missclawdy Jan 17, 2012 11:18 AM

        Lots of possibilities here - this would also be good finely chopped as a dessert garnish

      2. mattstolz Jan 16, 2012 05:50 PM

        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

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        1. re: mattstolz
          sbp Jan 16, 2012 06:35 PM

          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?

          1. re: sbp
            missclawdy Jan 17, 2012 11:17 AM

            Think this will be it! Thanks.

        2. mattstolz Jan 16, 2012 07:43 PM

          could also go in more of a mole type direction as well. even something like two-bite duck (or chicken) mole tacos would be delicious!

          or, for a more subtle presentation, something cooked in cocoa butter might be a good play on the theme as well

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          1. re: mattstolz
            missclawdy Jan 17, 2012 11:16 AM

            Thank you - these are great ideas

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