Chocolate: A Savory and Sweet Dinner Party

Every girl loves roses. And chocolate. So for the latest Bachelor Monday, we incorporated chocolate into every dish, creating a savory and sweet entrée and dessert spread. This menu would also be great for a holiday party, girl's gathering, or just a simple dinner party for chocolate-lovers.

Salad | Green Apple, Walnut, and White-Chocolate Mixed Green Salad + Balsamic Dressing
This light and refreshing salad was the perfect way to kick off a meal full of rich chocolate flavors. The white chocolate chips complemented the green apple, walnut and balsamic dressing perfectly.

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Main Dish | Spiced CocoaOven-Roasted Ribs
We created a rib rub with brown sugar, cocoa powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and cumin to season our two racks of St. Louis Style ribs. After covering with plastic wrap, we refrigerated the ribs for two hours to let the flavors soak into the meat before baking. After baking for three hours, the ribs were tender, flavorful, and the cocoa and brown sugar added just a slight sweet taste to the smoky ribs.

Recipe
2 Racks of St. Louis Style Ribs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/3 cup paprika
3 tbsp sea salt

Mix dry ingredients together. Rub over ribs and cover with plastic. Refrigerate for two hours. Bake for 2-3 hours, until tender, at 350 degrees. Cover with BBQ sauce, if desired.

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Wine | Aconga Bonarda-Merlot
We paired the ribs with a red wine, Aconga Bonarda-Merlot. The medium-bodied blend with flavors of blackberry, cherry and leather and hints of chocolate accompanied the meat dish well.

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After-Dinner Drink | Chocolate Espresso Martinis
A simple cocktail, these martinis were made with Svedka vodka and skinny Chocolate Espresso Martini mix. A drizzle of dark chocolate syrup topped of the drink.

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Dessert | Cabernet Chocolate Truffles
Rich truffles made with red wine were the perfect end to the evening. Some were dipped in sprinkles, some dusted in cocoa and some sprinkled with pink crystals. Recipe Source: How Sweet It Is

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