I was provided Forte Chocolates to use as part of #Choctoberfest. All opinions are my own.
A simple Strawberry Balsamic Chocolate Sauce is a great way to fancy up your regular chicken dinner with incredible flavors using white chocolate!
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Adding white chocolate to a savory dish may sound crazy but it’s a lovely subtle addition to sauce that pairs so well with chicken.
What kind of chocolate can I use with balsamic vinegar?
Chocolates that are relatively unsweetened would work best in a sauce like this. However, both dark chocolate or white chocolate pair well with the balsamic vinegar. Good quality chocolates work best because they tend to have lower sugar content and less shortening.
I used the white chocolate and balsamic bar from Forte Chocolates. Their motto is “Celebrate Life Through Chocolate” and I’m totally on board with that. They want to inspire people to embrace using chocolate in their savory dishes too and the line of Gusto bars was designed for this reason.
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What meats go well with balsamic chocolate sauce?
Both chicken and pork go well with the balsamic chocolate sauce.
I have not yet tried pairing this with beef, but my suspicions are that dark chocolate instead of white would be a better pairing.
How to make balsamic chocolate sauce:
- Saute onions and garlic over medium heat until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant.
- Add chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, and strawberries. Simmer and reduce liquids by half.
- Remove from heat and add chilled butter pieces and chopped chocolate. Slowly stir until both fully incorporate in sauce.
- Add rest of strawberries and season to taste.
Why add chilled butter to the sauce at the end?
Adding chilled butter pieces to a sauce at the end of cooking is called “Monter au Beurre” which is a fancy term (ie French) for the process. Adding the butter adds flavor, richness and shine to the finished sauce.
Why add strawberries twice to the balsamic chocolate sauce?
The first set of strawberries that you add will break down as the sauce cooks. Adding the second set of strawberries at the end reinforces the flavor of the strawberries and also gives additional texture to the finished sauce.
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Other #Choctoberfest recipes:
Chipotle Chocolate Sauce
Strawberry Balsamic Chocolate Sauce
- 1 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cup strawberries sliced and divided into 1 cup portions
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbsp butter chilled and cut into pieces
- 1.5 oz white chocolate like Gusto or Forte Chocolates, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper coarse grind
- In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant.
- Add chicken broth, 1 cup strawberries, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer and allow liquids to reduce by about half.
- Remove from heat. Add butter pieces and chopped chocolate and gently stir until both have melted and completely become incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and add additional 1 cup strawberries.
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