Make Ahead

Salame Cioccolato with Sambuca & Espresso

February  3, 2016
0 Ratings
Photo by Aliwaks
  • Makes 4 salamis
Author Notes

I had my first chocolate salami in 8th grade, my friend Eliza lived on the other side of Union Square park and on the way to her house we would often pass through the farmarket, and there was a lady there who sold chocolate salami - it was chocolate filled with chunks of tea biscuits, and I was so enamored with them that I made some myself. It was one of the first things I "cooked" without a real recipe.

Fast forward a hundred years or so to last summer when I was doing desserts for an Italian place and I remembered the chocolate salami of my youth (that's what she said). In recreating the recipe I took the elements of a classic Italian "dessert" espresso, Sambuca and amaretti cookies and incorporated those flavors adding candied ginger for a bit of chew and pistachios as much for flavor as for aesthetics. I add white chocolate chunks to mimic the fat in regular salami.

I like to serve this with crostini drizzled with excellent olive oil and a bit of salt plus a dollop or two of marmalade (orange, grapefruit, ginger). This makes a great gift as well--in it's uncut state (geez) it looks just like a salami- especially if you don't get too perfectionist about it been smooth and let it stay a bit crinkly.
There are other more traditional recipes that include eggs, I find that including raw egg adds an element of danger that is unnecessary, and these keep longer and safer without it.
Food52'er Zindc reminded me of a substitute for the dear and expensive fennel pollen " Since it's there mostly for flavor, lightly toasted and finely ground fennel seeds might be a workable substitute."

What You'll Need
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cooled brewed espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Sambuca or better yet Meletti Annisette
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter (I use salted because I like desserts with salt)
  • 12 ounces good bittersweet chocolate, I like Callebaut & Valharona but just get thebest you can get your hands on
  • 1/2 cup pistachios- roasted salted & shelled
  • 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger (cut in brunoise)
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chunks (not chips) - or coarse chopped white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Espresso beans- toasted in a pan for a few minutes till fragrant
  • 1 cup broken but not crushed amaretti cookies
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel pollen (optional)
  1. Set a pot of water to a simmer to create a double boiler
  2. In a small bowl combine coffee, Sambuca, vanilla extract & cinnamon
  3. Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl, that fits easily over the pot, cover with plastic wrap
  4. Place over pot of simmering water and allow to melt (about 5-6 minutes)
  5. Stir chocolate & butter until smooth
  6. Add coffee mixture and continue to mix until combined and smooth
  7. Remove from heat – add cookies pieces, nuts, coffee beans, white chocolate and candied ginger
  8. Stir to combine
  9. Let cool slightly
  10. Cover a cookie sheet with plastic wrap
  11. Scoop ¼ of the cooled chocolate mixture on to plastic and roll into a log
  12. Roll log up in plastic and twist ends & tie to secure
  13. Repeat with remaining
  14. Refrigerate about 1 hr or more or if you are in a hurry you can freeze for about 20 minutes
  15. Whisk fennel pollen into powdered sugar
  16. Un wrap salami- roll in powdered sugar mixture
  17. Brush off excess with brush or hand
  18. Serve with sliced with slices of olive oil brushed crostini and marmalade. These make a super cute gift—I wrap them with string just like a salami, then wrap in butcher paper . IF you want o make this gluten free substitute toasted rice krispies for the Amaretti-- I use them when I make the Elvis version with dried banana, bacon, peanut butter chips & bourbon - which is really pretty amazing. My Aunt Sandy adds a bit of spice to hers, she uses Ancho- I've used Urfa-- it not a bad addition.

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  • Virginia Blackert
    Virginia Blackert
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  • zora

6 Reviews

Virginia B. November 12, 2018
Fennel pollen? Seriously? Sorry, but having tried this (albeit without the fennel pollen) there are many more equally good or better biscotti recipes available withou all the precious nonsense designed to make the recipe seem “original.” Disappointed in you, 52.
Aliwaks November 12, 2018
I’m sorry you have such strong feelings about my choice.
Aliwaks February 3, 2016
Thanks-- yes fennel pollen was a very cheff-y addition for restaurant kitchen-
zora February 3, 2016
A whole teaspoon of fennel pollen is an extravagance--that stuff is expensive! Since it's there mostly for flavor, lightly toasted and finely ground fennel seeds might be a workable substitute.
Aliwaks February 3, 2016
Thank you-- you are quite correct, it is a truly acceptable substitute- would you mind if I edit the recipe with to include that?
zora February 3, 2016
Of course you can do that!