Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chocolate Covered Breadsticks: Bread and Chocolate

Bread and Chocolate: How I Survived in Europe on $5 a Day. Many years ago I traveled throughout Europe with a guidebook, a Eurail Pass, a baquette (frequently replenished), and a bar of chocolate. Today I'm more into the 3-4 star meals, but back then I had very little money, and there were exceptional crunchy baquettes and high quality French and Belgium chocolate to be had for a song. Filled you up--and delicious!

Today, I recreate those times... taking it up a notch with Chocolate Covered Breadsticks. I use skinny pre-made breadsticks, but if you have the time, you can make your own breadsticks. I use Italian breadsticks. Remember it's all about the quality of the breadsticks and the chocolate!

Want to get creative? After dipping the breadsticks in chocolate, sprinkle with chopped pistachios or kosher salt or sea salt. These chocolate covered breadsticks go great with a cup of coffee or tea. Want to serve them as an hors d'oeuvre? Wrap prosciutto tightly around the breadstick before dipping in chocolate. This works better with fatter, breadier breadsticks, at least for my taste.

CHOCOLATE COVERED BREADSTICKS

2.5 ounces dark chocolate (70-85% cacao)
12-15 very thin breadsticks

Melt chocolate and dip quickly up 3/4 the length of breadsticks.
Let excess chocolate drip off.
Put coated sticks on parchment lined baking sheet.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden.

5 comments:

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Love this! I haven't been too creative in the kitchen lately, largely just making pickles out of the glut of cucumbers I've been getting in the garden -- pretty much the only thing I've been getting despite healthy plants. What brand of breadsticks did you use and where did you find these skinny ones?

Janet Rudolph said...

Alessi. I get them at my local market, but I think you can find them on Amazon.. or in any Italian food specialty store. The thicker ones work, too, but the thin ones are really cool...

Janet Rudolph said...

Oops.. Grissini... sorry.

Lynn said...

Oh my, this looks like the BEST IDEA EVER!! Thanks so much for sharing it. Yum, can't wait to give it a try. :)

overtimecook.com said...

When I was a kid they used to sell this package with breadsticks and a chocolate sauce to dip them into. It was one of my all time favorite treats! This idea is brilliant, and it's making me all nostalgic for my childhood. Thanks for posting!

-Miriam