All you need is 5 ingredients for the Best Chocolate Salami dessert. This Italian chocolate dessert is made with melted chocolate, vanilla tea biscuits, pistachios, and of course butter and heavy cream to hold it together.
Chocolate salami is a well known Portuguese/Italian no-bake dessert consisting of cocoa, broken biscuits, butter, and sometimes nuts. These ingredients are melted into the chocolate and rolled into a sausage shape to replicate the look of salami. Some folks like to dust it with powdered sugar as well. Everyone has their own version of this classic Italian dessert. I personally like to keep it simple. If you like more variety in your chocolate salami, by all means, add a few different nuts. The texture of the smooth ganache combined with the crunchy biscuits and pistachios are a true delight worth splurging on.
Here is what you will need to make it
- Vanilla tea biscuits (or graham crackers)
- Good quality semisweet chocolate chips
- Heavy cream
- Unsalted butter
- Pistachios (roasted, salted, and no shell)
- Powdered sugar for coating (optional)
How to make Chocolate Salami
Note: This is a quick rundown of how to make it. For the full detailed recipe, scroll down to the printable recipe card.
- First, make the ganache by combining chocolate chips with hot heavy cream and unsalted butter. Then using a spatula stir until smooth.
- Next, mix the ganache, crushed tea biscuits, and chopped pistachios. Then mix thoroughly to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Now place the chocolate sausage mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it up tightly into the shape of a sausage. Then tie both ends and refrigerate for about 4 hours until solid.
How to store chocolate salami?
Keep the chocolate salami in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I personally LOVE to eat it cold! I feel like it tastes so much better that way. However, you can keep it frozen if you prefer to store it longer.
Does it freeze well?
If you want to freeze chocolate salami, make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Then you will need to wrap it once more with foil and keep frozen for up to 1 month.
More Italian Desserts to try!
- Tiramisu Cake (VIDEO)– A fluffy sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup and layered between mascarpone frosting and cocoa powder.
- Chewy Amaretti Cookies (VIDEO)– dense, chewy, and bursting with almond flavor.
- Zeppole Italian Donuts– pillowy soft, and dusted with powdered sugar.
- Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti– A classic Italian cookie that never disappoints.
The Best Chocolate Salami
- Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan or microwave so that it comes to a simmer (not a boil). Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips.
- Cut the butter into small cubes and place it into the bowl.
- Wait a few minutes and begin to stir the chocolate. You may need to reheat the chocolate in the microwave a few more times. If so, heat in 20-second intervals. You don't want to overheat the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate is a smooth silky consistency, add the crushed biscuits and chopped pistachios. Stir to combine.
- Place a large piece of plastic wrap onto a flat surface and pour the chocolate mixture on top.
- Roll the plastic tightly around the chocolate mixture so that it resembles a stick of salami. You can wrap a second piece of plastic wrap over the chocolate salami if you want to make it more secure. Finish off by tying both of the ends.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Once the time has passed, remove the plastic wrap and coat the chocolate salami in powder sugar.
This recipe was originally published on Nov 10, 2017, it has been updated since.