How to Make Chocolate "Salami"
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
• 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
Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and melt in the microwave until completely melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.
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.
Add the walnuts ...
... then the pistachios ...
... and finally, the biscotti cookies.
Stir thoroughly to combine.
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.
Roll until the log is completely covered in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
When ready to serve, remove the chocolate salami from the plastic wrap and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Wrap with butcher's twine for an authentic salami look.