Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Chocolate dipping kebabs - or, can't talk, dipping

So this is the post which was meant to feature the marshmallows I was writing about. I will update what happened to my second and third attempts later, but suffice to say that they are not featuring in this little dish after all. Evil little critters. It's a shame they haven't co-operated because they have missed out on a royal treat. The theme of Stephanie's cocktail party this month is chocolate, you see, and I've gone for mini fruit (and not marshmallow) kebabs with chocolate dipping sauce. To be honest, I'm too busy eating hot drippy chocolate off bright juicy strawberries and lovely banana slices to care about the lack of marshmallow. The only trouble is that Stephanie may need a new carpet after her party as the sauce is quite runny. In every other respect though, it's just perfect, and to make things even better (or perhaps, slightly less bad) the sauce is from a Cooking Light recipe. So you can eat twice as much :)

My accompanying drink is a fruity cocktail - orange and rhubarb. A strange combination in a drink perhaps, but I fancied something fruity to accompany the kebabs, and had saved the rhubarb juices from the last time I stewed some for breakfast. And on balance I think that alcohol and this runny sauce might not be a good combination as far as mess is concerned...

Rich chocolate sauce (from Cooking Light)

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan; stir in milk and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate and vanilla, stirring until chocolate melts. Serve warm or let stand 10 minutes to thicken.

Yields 1 1/2 cups [the amount in the picture was half of this recipe]
serving size: 2 tablespoons

Nutritional info [as calculated by Cooking Light]
CALORIES 73(36% from fat); FAT 2.9g (sat 1.7g,mono 1g,poly 0.1g); IRON 0.7mg; CHOLESTEROL 3mg; CALCIUM 32mg; CARBOHYDRATE 12.9g; SODIUM 21mg; PROTEIN 1.7g; FIBER 1.3g


Johanna said...

love some fruit in chocolate sauce! and (more) healthy too!

and love the sound of orange and rhubarb juice - used a little leftover rhubarb in a smoothy recently and it was fantastic

Debinhawaii said...

If we use plates her floors should be fine! ;-) Your kebabs and dipping sauce look great and mixing fruit and chocolate means it subtracts calories right?! ;-)
Great job!

Haley said...

I'm Haley, Key Ingredient's Chief Blogger. We would like to feature this recipe and photo on our blog. We realize it is taken from another source, but we'll be sure to note that...we just feel you've done a great job putting this meal together! Please email haleyglasco@gmail.com if interested. Thanks :)