|Cocoa caramelized onions with grainy mustard on chicken andouille, along with some lacinato kale and a fried egg.|
- Cocoa caramelized onions (pictured above)
I love the natural vegetal sweetness of caramelized onions. They take a while to cook, so sometimes I'll make a big batch on a Sunday to have around and add to eggs, meat, and other dishes. They marry perfectly with cocoa powder. You can serve these on a spicy sausage like I did, or they'd be great on steak, pork chops, burgers...pretty much anything!
Directions: Just halve an onion pole to pole and thinly slice both halves. Heat a bit of coconut oil or ghee in a skillet on medium heat and add your onion. Sprinkle it with salt, cook until onions begin to soften, then turn down the heat to medium-low and cook until dark brown and sticky. When done, turn the heat to high, deglaze the pan with a tablespoon of water, then add a teaspoon of dark cocoa powder. Stir well and serve!
- Slow cooker chicken mole
- Chocolate Chili from The Clothes Make the Girl
I've made this recipe dozens of times, and it never disappoints. Instead of simmering on the stove top, I put it in the crock pot on low, and just start with less liquid.
- Cocoa toasted cauliflower, also from The Clothes Make the Girl
- Brewed chocolate
I found this when I was looking to cut back on my caffeine consumption but still wanted a hot coffee-esque drink. Brewed chocolate is to hot cocoa as wine is to grape juice. It's cacao nibs and husks brewed in a French press for a complex chocolatey flavor. It is NOT sweet, thick, and creamy like Swiss Miss, it's much more subtle. It's especially nice with a bit of coconut creamer. I've had Crio Bru but you can also buy it from Choffy or Chocolate Alchemy.
- Cocoa chili rubbed scallops with chocolate citrus vinaigrette
If I made this as a meal instead of an appetizer, I'd probably just serve them over a salad instead of making endive boats.
- Cacao nib crusted steak
- Mixed green salad with whole citrus and cacao nib vinaigrette
- Seared pork tenderloin with cocoa spice rub
- Cocoa-infused sweet potatoes from PaleOMG
If, like me, you don't really do sweet potatoes, I'm sure you could substitute some kind of orange squash.
- This is #11 because it is too close to a dessert to be Whole30 approved, but it is a nice "sensible indulgence" to have after the fact: frozen bananas pureed with cocoa for chocolate banana "soft serve"!