I was watching a show on the Food Network and they featured a confectioners store in Los Angeles where they sell chocolate salami. Being that it is an Italian dessert and my husband being Sicilian, requested that I make one as soon as possible.
After researching the making process I actually couldn’t believe how easy is was to make. A popular treat, they are sometimes made boozy with port wine rum, but I chose omit the booze and to flavor the chocolate with orange, a delicious combination.
After making these I brought them over to a friends house and she said, ‘I just had chocolate bacon the other day and loved it’. She really thought it looked like real salami. The outside is dusted with powdered sugar, then tied up with kitchen twine, just like an authentic Italian salami. She was so fascinated, as well as enjoying the chocolatey goodness, I decided to give them as gifts.
The chocolate and butter are melted and the nuts, crushed cookies, white chocolate and orange are mixed in then the mix is refrigerated. Once set, the chocolate is shaped into the salami shape and wrapped in plastic wrap to help retain the shape and refrigerated 1 last time to set.
Turn the salami sideways towards you. Take the long end, loop over your left hand and under the salami towards you.
Another tip to make it look like salami when sliced, chop the nuts, cookies and white chocolate different sizes to make it look like the chunks of fat that are in a salami. Any nuts you prefer can be used, I used pistachios and almonds.
- 1 cup nuts, I used pistachios and whole almonds
- 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons white chocolate, cut into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
- 1/4 cup crushed butter cookies
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Add the nuts in a single layer to a large skillet over medium low heat.
- Toast the nuts turning every minute until slightly browned and toasted.
- Remove from pan and allow to cool.
- Add the chocolate and butter to a microwave-proof dish and microwave on high in 20 second increments, stirring in between until they have melted and well combined.
- Stir in the nuts, white chocolate, orange zest, and cookies.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate the chocolate for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour remove the cooled chocolate.
- Spread a large piece of plastic wrap onto your surface.
- Take half of the chocolate and place in the center and form into a 7 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch log.
- Wrap the log with the plastic wrap, roll on the surface to create a smooth roll and twist ends tight to form a tight log.
- Repeat with the other half of the chocolate.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour until they are nice and firm.
- Remove from plastic wrap and roll in powdered sugar.
- Tie kitchen twine around for effect and cut into 1/4 inch slices.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 599 Saturated Fat: 22g Cholesterol: 34mg Sodium: 16mg Carbohydrates: 39g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 23g Protein: 8g