Some people say that creamy, rich white chocolate is a sham. They say it's not actually chocolate, since the only chocolatey thing that it's made with is cocoa butter. We disagree.
We happen to think that the stuff is one of the most under-utilized but most versatile sweets out there.
White chocolate might immediately conjure thoughts of a cloyingly sweet, thick dessert, but did you know that you can actually use it in your savory cooking too? Seriously. If you're looking for something super rich with a nice added depth of flavor, try swapping the stuff for butter for a nice richness and sweet-savory harmony. Delicious!
Oh, and feel free to make your own white chocolate! It's actually pretty easy! We love this recipe here. For savory stuff, we recommend going easy on the sugar, vanilla and spices. Enjoy!
1. Pea Consomme with Mint
This sounds like a super complicated, elaborate recipe, but it's actually pretty easy; plus it's healthy and delicious. If you don't want to supervise the stove for two hours (we feel you), you are welcome to use the slow cooker instead. We recommend cooking it for around three to four hours on low.
2. White Chocolate Lobster Bisque
Want to make your lobster bisque even more creamy, luscious and delicious? You'll be amazed at what a little melted white chocolate can do to this delightfully thick, slightly sweet soup. Plus, this recipe has some alternative options if you aren't feeling fancy enough to just have a whole live lobster on deck.
3. Macadamia Crusted Tilapia with White Chocolate Beurre Blanc
Everyone loves white chocolate macadamia nut cookies right?? Just think of this as the savory, crispy dinner version of the popular baked good. Oddly enough, it's fantastic in both forms.
4. Shrimp With White Chocolate Sauce and Mashed Cauliflower
With garlic, ginger, apple cider and white chocolate, this shrimp gets a delightfully unexpected spicy, sweet-savory pop. If you want to go over the top in the best way possible with your cauliflower, how about mixing a little white chocolate into your mash, instead of butter like so?
5. White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
The added touch of creamy sweetness and complexity works beautifully with the nutty tahini, smoky eggplant and savory paprika and garlic. Combined with bright lemon juice and crunchy, tangy pomegranate seeds on top, you have a brilliant new spin on a classic favorite.
6. No-Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake
Don't forget about dessert! This cheesecake is as easy as they come, and it's the perfect way to celebrate National Oreo Day and National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 6, 2017!