How to Have Chocolate for Dinner (and Dessert, Of Course)
Not only is Valentine's Day a chance to celebrate your love for the special someone in your life, but it's also an ideal time to profess your devotion — to chocolate. This fan-favorite ingredient is a go-to pick in rich sweet treats, but believe it or not, it can also star in savory dishes. As you plan tomorrow's menu, try treating your sweetie to a dinner featuring cocoa powder, like the one Geoffrey Zakarian made on this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, and finishing with a decadent dessert to wrap up the meal. Get the recipe for GZ's impressive steak for two below, and check out the trio of chocolatey desserts for next-level dessert inspiration.
The secret to Geoffrey's Cocoa-Rubbed New York Strip Steak for Two (pictured above) is balancing the flavor of the cocoa with smoky ingredients, like Hungarian paprika and ancho chile powder, to create a bold spice rub. GZ quickly sears the beef so it achieves a golden, caramelized exterior, then moves it to the oven to finish cooking. To round out the meat, opt for a fresh side dish of balsamic-laced beets, which turn tender after roasting.
When it comes to dessert, there's no shortage of chocolate indulgence in the showstoppers the co-hosts introduced this morning. While Chocolate-Cherry Pudding Pops offer a creamy, frozen way to enjoy the richness of chocolate, this White Chocolate Crème Brûlée is a must-try pick for fans who enjoy white chocolate more than its milk- and dark-chocolate counterparts. Bonus: Both recipes come together with instant pudding mix, so you can be sure the prep work is a cinch. If cake satisfies your sweet tooth more, look no further than Marcela Valladolid's Decadent Chocolate Cake (pictured above). This two-layer masterpiece turns out moist every time, while the fluffy bittersweet chocolate frosting promises a luxurious topping.