Kangaroo with a savoury cocoa sauce

A rich, dark sauce for a uniquely Australian meat.

Many people are surprised to learn that chocolate can be used in savoury dishes. In fact, our unsweetened cooking chocolate (the “Tava Bar”) is perfectly suited to savoury dishes. We find that a few squares of chocolate (about one or two squares per serving) can be added to just about any dark, rich sauce, including curries and bolognaise.
A small amount of unsweetened chocolate adds colour, richness, and complexity to savoury dishes. While unsweetened chocolate does add a distinct flavour to savoury dishes, very few people (in our experience) can identify the flavour.
Chocolate also has a slight thickening effect on sauces.
In my search for all kinds of recipes that use chocolate, I came across this particular savoury sauce a number of times, always used on venison. We couldn’t find venison locally, so we went with our favourite locally grown, environmentally-friendly meat instead: kangaroo.


The meat:
1kg kangaroo fillet steak

For the marinade:
750mL red wine
8 juniper berries* , crushed
12 black peppercorns, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 strip of orange peel
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stick, chopped

For the sauce:
1 tomato, puréed
approx. 1 cup water
1 Tbsp sweet berry or wine jelly**
30g Tava Bar (unsweetened cooking chocolate), grated


  1. Instructions coming soon!

* I purchased juniper berries from:
Flavours Herbs & Spices
113 Chapel St
Windsor, Vic, 3181.
Ph: (03) 9521 3288
Fax: (03) 9521 3288
** I bought a berry & wine jelly from:
The Grape Alternative
Mudgee, NSW
Ph: (02) 6373 1337
Fax: (02) 6373 1337

OTHER RECIPES (adapted especially to use The Tava Bar)

Foolproof Chocolate Brownies recipe
A Refreshing, Flavourful Chocolate Icecream recipe
Fluffy, Rich Chocolate Mousse recipe
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The Cocoa Communiqué

Click here for much more information about The Tava Bar, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Extra dark cooking chocolate.
100% cocoa solids; no sugar.

Allergy Aware:
This chocolate is made in a strictly nut-free environment.

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