09 February, 2008

Chocolate Gravy

This is the type of gravy you see in the movie Chocolat that they served over the Turkey, Meats and pork type dishes.

1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 15 mL
1 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth 250 mL
5 squares 70% cocoa chocolate 50 g
1 tbsp fancy molasses 15 mL
1 tsp ground cinnamon 5 mL
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 mL
1 tbsp instant brown gravy thickener 15 mL
Salt and pepper

Heat oil in a saucepan set over medium heat. Sauté shallot for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add balsamic vinegar and chicken broth. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce to low and simmer for 2 minutes.

Add chocolate, molasses, cinnamon and cayenne pepper, stirring until chocolate is melted and well blended. Add thickener and stir to combine well. Strain sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.