We all know that when it comes to desserts, marshmallows and chocolate chips are a match made in heaven.
But who says you can’t use them in savory dishes? In fact, the two ingredients make perfect toppings for many different types of meals.
In this article, we will explore some of the most popular recipes using both marshmallows and chocolate chips as well as some new ideas for dishes you might not have thought about before.
There are many different recipes that can be used as inspiration to mix marshmallows and chocolate chips into savory dishes. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite recipes for a savory appetizer or side dish made with these two ingredients.
Potato Chocolate Surprise
Serving Size: 4-6
2 pounds baby red potatoes (about 20) diced into 1” cubes
½ cup butter, melted
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
1 teaspoon salt + more to taste
⅓ cup fine cornmeal or masa harina (ground dried hominy used in Mexican cooking)
½ teaspoon white pepper + more to taste
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded and divided into ½ cup portions
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (for dusting)
Instructions: 1. Combine melted butterj and 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl. Add the potatoes, salt and white pepper to taste. Toss well with your hands to thoroughly coat the potatoes with the butter mixture.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Combine cornmeal or masa harina with ½ teaspoon of salt. Spread evenly on a dinner plate.
- Add remaining oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the potatoes until golden brown and crispy on all sides for about 4 minutes per batch. Place cooked potatoes on paper towels to drain any excess oil before transferring to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (for easy clean up). Bake for 20 minutes until potatoes are crisp and fully cooked.
- Divide the cheese between the potato rounds, placing a generous teaspoon of cheddar on each round. Transfer back to oven for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
- Top finished rounds with a marshmallow each and chocolate chips before serving hot. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and garnish with fresh parsley.
There you have it: a delicious potato side dish that includes marshmallows and chocolate chips. The sweet gooeyness of the marshmallows melts against the crisp, salty edges of the potatoes and is perfectly balanced by the rich creaminess of the cheese, the earthy sweetness of the cornmeal, and the pop of flavor that comes from fresh parsley.
This dish makes for an appetizer or side dish that is ideal for any table setting, especially during holidays like Easter when you might want to show off your culinary skills without having too many dishes to clean up after.
You can also get really creative with this dish, especially when it comes to the ingredients. What about trying a sweet potato side dish that includes marshmallows and chocolate chips? Or change up your spices for an Indian-inspired chicken dish using curry seasoning along with both of these ingredients. The world of possibilities is yours, so be sure to experiment!
And if you’re getting tired of savory dishes that include marshmallows and chocolate chips, well there are plenty of options for you too. Let’s take a look at one in particular, shall we?
Chocolate chip cookie dough layer cake with marshmallow frosting
Ingredients: Hot Fudge Cake
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk, at room temperature 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filling:
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup water
2 egg whites
⅓ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, flour and baking powder. Whisk together until combined well before adding milk, melted butter and vanilla extract.
- Mix the batter at low speed for 30 seconds before increasing to medium for another minute until smooth and well-combined.
- Divide batter between prepared cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool.
- To make the cookie dough filling, beat together butter and both sugars until smooth and well-combined. Add milk and vanilla extract before beating again to combine.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour and salt into mixture before increasing speed to medium-high for another minute or two. Stir in chocolate chips by hand until just combined.
- Once cakes are completely cooled, use a skewer to poke holes in the top of one cake so you have several small pockets.
- Fill each pocket with a generous spoonful of cookie dough filling before placing other cake on top and lightly pressing down to push the cookie dough filling nearly to the edge.
- To make marshmallow frosting, combine water and egg whites in a bowl and whisk until combined well. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water and beat egg white mixture with a handheld electric mixer at medium speed for about 1 minute or until thick, glossy and hot to the touch. Remove from heat before adding sugar, cream of tartar, salt and vanilla extract; continue beating on high speed for 6-8 minutes until thick, white and fluffy.
- Frost the top of your cake with marshmallow frosting before serving immediately or refrigerating for up to an hour.
As you can see, there are plenty of options out there! You don’t have to tell your friends it’s a dish full of marshmallows and chocolate chips—let them be surprised! And with the holidays coming up, this is an ideal dish to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas. So get started on your marshmallow and chocolate chip creations, and have a happy holiday!
Hopefully you don’t ever have to ask what to make with marshmallows and chocolate chips ever again!