With today marking National Dark Chocolate Day and this weekend bringing the Superbowl to millions of viewers around the country, why not combine the two to create a savory dish that can easily be created and served from your food truck? Today’s dish uses dark chocolate to top one of America’s favorite sporting event dining snacks… buffalo wings.
Spicy Dark Chocolate Wings
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Yield: 2 dozen wings
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 12 chicken wings, tips discarded and wings separated at the joint
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken wings and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate.
Add the garlic, chili powder and allspice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Stir in the tomato sauce, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 1 cup water, the chocolate, hot sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the chocolate is melted.
Return the wings to the pan, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the wings are cooked through and the sauce is reduced to a thick glaze, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cilantro.
The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”
For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Dark Chocolate.
The Facts: Dark chocolate is made from the roasted beans of the cacao tree, native to South America. Columbus ‘discovered’ these beans, and the returning crew of his fourth voyage took them to Europe.
- Chocolate was first seen in bar form in about 1910.
- Cocoa butter’s melting point is just below human body temperature – the reason chocolate melts so beautifully in your mouth.
- February 1st is National Dark Chocolate Day.
- A study funded by the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing found that a single 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you, very good for you.
- Dark chocolate bars with high-cocoa content are loaded with epicatechin. Epicatechin is a particularly active member of a group of compounds called plant flavoniods. Flavoniods keep cholesterol from gathering in blood vessels, reduce the risk of blood clots, and slow down the immune responses that lead to clogged arteries.
- Not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate contains a lot more cocoa than other forms of chocolate. And standard chocolate manufacturing destroys up to half of the flavoniods. But chocolate companies have now learned to make dark chocolate that keeps up to 95% of its flavoniods.
- Eating dark chocolate can also lower insulin resistance, the main problem behind diabetes.