Chocolate Salami

DON’T PART WITH YOUR ILLUSIONS.  WHEN THEY ARE GONE YOU MAY STILL EXIST, BUT YOU HAVE CEASED TO LIVE.”  Mark Twain

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

Is there a fine line sometimes, between illusion and reality? The illusion is usually easier to spot.  When I am looking at an optical illusion, though it looks real, I know that it is my mind playing a trick.  But what about emotion?  That ‘true love’ that didn’t last.  That ‘solid friendship’ that somehow fell by the wayside.  The feeling that you are ‘significant’ at your place of employment.  Or the belief that your blog is something ‘special’.  If it’s only a reality to you, is it actually a reality?  Or was it just an illusion?

Well there is one thing that I know for sure.  This chocolate salami is real!!!  Real dark chocolate.  Real pieces of buttery shortbread.  Real salty pistachios and real bits of french burnt peanuts.  This illusion is my reality!  And much sweeter than the real thing!

How fun this was to make!

 

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

I used a dark chocolate to resemble the meat, bits of shortbread to resemble the fat and pieces of chopped pistachios and french burnt peanuts to resemble peppercorns.  Once rolled into a log, I rolled and covered it in powdered sugar to resemble the natural mold and white rice flour that typically covers the salami.

Of course, my reality and my illusions are different from your reality and your illusions.  So feel free to use the base here and make your salami any which way you like.  You can definitely substitute and add any ingredients you wish.  Here’s how it all rolled out for me. . . .

 

Yields:  48 pieces

Level of Difficulty:  easy

 

CHOCOLATE SALAMI:

  • 14 ounces of dark chocolate (I used Callebaut bittersweet), chopped
  • 1, 14 ounce can of fat free, sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cups of chopped shortbread cookies
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped french burnt peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons of amaretto
  • powdered sugar for rolling

 

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

Combine the chopped chocolate and the sweetened condensed milk in a medium saucepan.  Heat this over a medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the amaretto, shortbread and nuts.  Mix thoroughly.  Then let the mixture stand at room temperature until it is firm enough and cool enough to shape.

Generously sprinkle a large sheet of parchment paper with powdered sugar.  On the parchment paper, shape the chocolate mixture into roughly a 12 inch long log.  (Or whatever size fits your illusion!)  The sugar will stick easily but I also scooped some up with my hand and patted it along the body of the salami.  Wrap the log completely in the parchment paper and chill it in your refrigerator for at least 8 hours.  I placed my salami on a cookie sheet to stabilize it enough until it was firm.  Slice before serving.

 

Chocolate Salami | From My Sweet Heart

Feel free to use amaretti or any type of white cookie, hazelnuts, vanilla or almond extract or rum instead of the amaretto.  The possibilities are many!  But I think this is a fun little treat to set out on any holiday dessert table.

That’s my reality and I’m sticking to it!

Enjoy!

NOTE:  The original recipe called for you to roll it out to a 12 inch log and claimed to provide 20-24, 1 inch slices.  I rolled my salami to about a 16 inch log and sliced it in 1/2 inch slices.  It made roughly 48 pieces. 

:-P

This recipe was adapted from Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

Comments

  1. How fun! I remember seeing a Giada episode where she made chocolate salami and I thought it was such a clever idea – I’d much prefer this to real salami!

    • Thanks Laura and me, too! I might have to make a white chocolate cheese to go with it! And let me tell you….your carmelized Italian plum cake looks amazing! : )

  2. I’ve read about this treat but never dared to make it. I just now I will eat the whole thing myself!! Looks truly addicting! Hope you are having a great week, sweet Anne!! xoxo

    • Anna….thanks so much! And I really enjoyed your fall preview of clothes and kitchenware. And I can’t wait for what’s next in your Monday series! : )

  3. Oh Anne, this looks and sounds absolutely fabulous! How ingenious!!!

    • Thanks Carol! And your ….hmmm…..Afternoon delights look amazing and brought back some awesome memories! You have such beautiful photography, too!
      : )

  4. WOW! This is just magnificent! I love this idea! How fun would it be to have a dinner party full of illusions different from reality! ;-)

    • Thanks Claire! It would be fun to have such a dinner party! Maybe we can use that idea for one of our future baking challenges! Until then….I will just daydream of your luscious Poire Belle Helene! Just beautiful! : )

  5. I adore chocolate salami my friend! Despite any illusions it creates the reality is that it absolutely rocks :D
    Yours looks awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  6. I’m definitely trying these to give to the Afternoon Drive Crew! Yum!

  7. Oh YUM! SO much better than real salami, and I love a good food trick :)

    • Thanks Anna! And I love a good muffin! Unfortunately that’s not my forte! But your vanilla and chocolate chip muffins look fabulous! : )

  8. I love this stuff. I’ve only ever had it at holiday time but it’s wonderful.

    • Isn’t it so good, Maureen? And I really enjoyed your recent pictures of the food festival you attended! Looked like a great day! : )

  9. Woah, this totally tricked me. I thought you had some kind of weird chocolate flavored salami. It really looks like the real thing! It sounds MUCH better than chocolate flavored salami though. That is awesome!

    • LOL…isn’t kind of strange to glance at? I had to do a double take when I first came upon the recipe! And I really enjoyed your vacation pictures, Stephanie! I hope to get to Australia one day! : )

  10. I am drooling! :P

  11. This has to be the best idea EVER!

  12. SUPER creative! Where DOES one find French burnt peanuts?!?!?!?

    • Thanks Tiffany! French burnt peanuts are a candy from my childhood. A peanut covered in this bubbly brick colored candy. I found them at a specialty candy store in my neighborhood! Your going green party looked like a super hit! : )

  13. Foods that trick your eye are so much fun! It makes eating them an even bigger adventure. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I must go and make this immediately. The chocolate is killing me! So tasty!!!!

  14. This does indeed look just wonderful — wonderfully addicting, I’m sure. I’m with Tiffany — I know where to get pistachios (would someone else shell them for me?) but what about the French burnt peanuts?

    • Thanks Rosemary….the burnt peanuts I got from a candy store. I remember always eating them as a kid. I hope you are having a wonderful time in Maine! I haven’t been there in so long! I’ll just have to drool over your luscious blueberry cheesecake pie till you get back! : )

  15. Okay… my first thought was “What??”… then I came over and saw this gorgeous chocolate and cookie creation. You’re so fun and creative Anne! I would love to try some chocolate salami… as long as you make it. :)

    • Thanks Ramona…and I would LOVE to make this for you! That is…as long as you agree to make me a stack of those fabulous apple pie pancakes! ;- }

  16. This is too fun, Anne. I love your creativity! It does look just like salami!

    • Thanks Cassie! And I’m glad you kicked off the fall baking season with that beautiful and moist pumpkin snack cake! : )

  17. This would be so much fun to make and eat. You hit the jackpot again Anne, I love the way you think!

    • Thanks Sandra….and you hit the jack pot with those gorgeous and cheesy gouda and sausage frittatas! What a perfect no carb breakfast! : )

  18. I grew up eating chocolate salami. My mom used to add some Turkish delight pieces to it. MMM, haven’t had some in a while.

    • It’s funny, Roxana….a few people told me this reminded them of their childhood, but I’ve never heard of it till recently! Now I feel like I’ve had a deprived childhood! Looking forward to the October chocolate party! : )

  19. I’m laughing and drooling. I really thought we were moving into “Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handy. :) So my answer to your question ” If it’s only a reality to you, is it actually a reality?” is “hell ya!” Now for the drooling part – OMG! This is over the top my dear! I not sure what french burnt peanuts are but that’s easy to look up. I’ve got to make this and serve it to some of my friends. I have a group that would go nuts over this!

    • LOL….MJ….you are making me laugh out loud right now! Yeah…my head was in a funky place on this one! French peanuts are a brick red, bubbly candy coated peanut. You really could customize this any way you’d like! Would love to be dipping into a jar of your candied watermelon rind right now, though! : )

  20. Wow! Terrific stuff! I’ve never heard of this before (I know, I know – I need to get with it). Just love the idea. Thanks so much.

    • Thanks John! But I would gladly give up candy for a plate of your spicy potatoes with ginger and garlic. Talk about terrific stuff!!! : )

  21. What a great idea!! This look like it would be super addicting!

  22. Yes, the Chocolate Salami is real, but for me it is also a memory of my childhood. Growing up my aunt used to make chocolate salami every Christmas. It was almost like chocolate fruitcake (way tastier then fruitcake).

    Thank you for bringing back few memories :-)

    • Oh Bibi…I wish I had this memory from my childhood, too! I will just have to start a new tradition for myself! And your fabulous peanut butter biscotti should be on my list of new traditions, too! : )

  23. This looks like such a fantastic and fun idea! I’ve never had it before but it looks so delicious I will have to make it. :)

    • Thanks Jenny. And I just have to go on record as saying your food styling and photography is some of the best I’ve ever seen! Your matcha and lemon cake looks lovely! : )

  24. Oh, how fabulous, Anne!!! I’d just love to sample this…but I’m afraid I couldn’t stop! YUM!

  25. I love this so much! It looks so cool!

  26. Oh my, this does look fun to make and the ingredients are simply delish! Great too that you can section off little slices – salamis – I like auto-portion sizing like that ;-).

    Ah yes, the reality vs. illusion conundrum… let’s see, 7 years of Buddhist instruction and I’m still not sure I have that one sorted out to any degree of satisfaction… we could spend many salamis debating that one ;-0).

  27. Anne, this is great fun. I can see this starring on many a holiday dessert table! I’ve never heard of french burnt peanuts so thanks for the intro to a new ingredient.

  28. Oh yum….

  29. This is a fantastic idea! I would love to try this recipe out.

  30. These sound delicious and are so adorable. What a clever idea. I love amaretto flavor and would probably use amaretti cookies, too, just to amp up the flavor. Thanks!

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