Chocolate And Sea Salt Crostini
This short and simple clip may seem a bit strange. The thought of topping a warm, olive oil soaked Crustini with chocolate and sea salt does take an open mind to contemplate. The first time I came across this combo, I too was understandable skeptical, but one bite and I was convinced. It worked. Not only did it work, it rocked!
|Bittersweet chocolate||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Olive oil||2 Tablespoon|
For recipe directions, please refer to the video.
Preparation Time:5 Minutes
Cook Time:5 Minutes
Ready In:0 Minutes
StoryThe blending of the fruity/peppery olive oil, bittersweet dark chocolate, the warm crispy-edged bread, and the tiny crunch of briny sea salt crystals is quite the epicurean experience. Most good cooks know that a pinch of salt in a dessert recipe is a must to bring out the sweetness of whatever you’re making. So topping the chocolate with flakes of the Maldon sea salt is really not that crazy. I guess it’s the fact that it’s served on top of warm Crustini that makes it seem so unusual. To me this is a savory recipe, not a dessert. I think these are perfect with a nice glass of red wine or port. It would make for a very unique passed Hors D’ouvre. This is not a sweet bite if you use the bittersweet chocolate I suggest. You could use semi-sweet, but then I think you just crossed the savory-sweet border and now definitely have a dessert item. Anyway, it’s the season of faith, so have some, and give this a try! By the way, this was NOT inspired by a certain animated TV Chef from South Park, Colorado! If it was, I would have called it, “Chef’s Salty Chocolate Crustini.” I almost provided a link to the song, but discretion prevailed (and hey, you can always google it). Apologies to all of you that are not South Park fans and have no idea what I’m talking about.
The holiday season is here and most of us are looking for easy and creative party appetizer ideas. Nothing is more important at a party than starters. Watch this video to learn how to make savory bittersweet Chocolate Crostini sprinkled with crunchy sea salt crystals. This may seem to be a bizarre combination but are super simple and are definitely going to be remembered by your guests. These delicious bites will definitely get the party started!