How to Make Chocolate "Salami"

Trick your guests with this indulgent chocolate dessert log that looks just like salami. You'll need dark chocolate, crushed biscotti, mixed nuts and a few basic pantry items.
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Your first instinct will be to cut a slice of this "salami" and sandwich it between two crackers with a hunk of provolone cheese. But our rich dark-chocolate log studded with walnuts and pistachios is much better suited as a spread for cookies with your after-dinner coffee or tea. Pulling off this level of dessert trickery may seem tough, but the recipe requires just 10 minutes of prep work — and it feeds up to 12 guests. It's basically a host's dream.

 

By Rupa Bhattacharya and Amanda Neal for Food Network Kitchen

The Ingredients

•  1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, roughly chopped

•  7 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

•  1/2 cup sugar

•  2 tablespoons coffee

•  2 tablespoons cocoa powder

•  2 cups biscotti cookies, roughly chopped

•  1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped

•  1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

•  1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Step 1

Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave until completely melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.

Step 2

In another medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in the melted chocolate, coffee and cocoa powder until thoroughly combined, scraping the bowl as need.

Step 3

Add the walnuts ...

... then the pistachios ...

... and finally, the biscotti cookies.

Step 4

Stir thoroughly to combine.

Step 5

Pour the chocolate mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap ...

... and shape into a log about 2 inches in diameter and 12 inches long.

Step 6

Roll until the log is completely covered in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Step 7

When ready to serve, remove the chocolate salami from the plastic wrap and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Step 8

Wrap with butcher's twine for an authentic salami look.