So, this month I am participating for the first time in Dispensing Hapiness's BLOGPARTY!
This month is themed as Chocolate, so I just had to join. Blogparties are a virtual party, and to participate, you have to make an appetizer and a drink. For the appetizer I made chicken kabobs rubber with cocoa and salt and chocolate-mole sauce to accompany it. I would have made a chocolate soda (chocolate syrup with sparkling water), but I never got around to it! Oh well, I made it in spirit.
This time my method for giving you the recipe is a bit different from usual. Instead of writing out the recipe here and having a couple of pictures on Flikr, I have a picture of every step and the instruction written in the title/description of the picture. Tell me how it works!
For the rub, I followed the instructions in the Sharffen-Berger "The Essence of Chocolate" for the cocoa rub (2 parts cocoa for 1 part salt), but my family and I found it too salty. Also I made way more than I needed, so I scaled down the recipe and decreased the salt a bit for you. Otherwise, the chicken was very flavorful. It is necessary to start out with a very hot barbecue and then lower the temperature to have a crunchy exterior.
For the sauce (which I recommend you make 2 hours advance so that you don't have to bother with it while you are cooking the chicken) I just put together a few ingredients that I felt would go well with chocolate, inspired by mole. Again, I made more than I needed, but I have not scaled down the recipe here.
After cooking the sauce and tasting it regularly, my stomach starting feeling sick with the combination. I was unable to eat it with or without the chicken. On the other hand, my family loved it, especially my dad who declared that it complemented the skewers perfectly!
Anyways, here are the ingredients
- 5 oz good quality dark chocolate
- 1 anaheim pepper
- 1/2 jalapeño pepper
- 1 medium onion
- 1 (14-14.5 oz) can of diced/crushed tomatoes
- olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 c cocoa powder (unsweetened, not Dutch-processed)
- 3 tbsp salt
- 1.1-1.2 lbs of boneless skinless thighs (you can use breasts if you really want)
And for the non-existent chocolate soda
- Put 1-2 tbsp chocolate syrup in a tall glass and fill it with sparkling water
- An ice cream scoop is optional