By Nancy Smorch
Imagine chocolate, olive oil, sea salt and bread all combined together for an unusual, yet amazing treat. That’s what I finally did today! I thought about combining these a couple of years ago, but then went gluten free and didn’t think that the gluten-free bread options would do this masterful piece justice.
Well, I couldn’t put off trying it any longer, so I finally made it, on the best gluten-free bread option I had available. Now I’m wondering why I waited so long!! It was so easy to make - quick, not many ingredients, easy to assemble, and even easier to eat! The only thing missing was a good glass of wine, cup of tea, or cup of coffee.
For those of you still in the dark (play on words not intended, but hey, it works) about dark chocolate, it has many health benefits beyond its great taste. Cacao (dark chocolate) is mineral rich - it contains calcium, iron, and magnesium. It is also considered to be mood enhancing and energizing due to its effect on the central nervous system. Cacao is also extremely high in antioxidants as well as polyphenols.
Note that these benefits are not found in all chocolates, so don’t kid yourself into thinking the typical chocolate bar you pick up in the checkout line of your grocery store is good for you. The cacao level should be at least 70-75%, and make sure it is good-quality chocolate. There are a ton of options to choose from today with the popularity of specialty chocolates on the rise. And there are a ton of high quality chocolate bars with added spices and fruits and nuts - it’s fun to experiment with them on their own, and will be even more fun to experiment with them in this recipe.
So, the recipe for Dark Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Spread:
1 slice good quality artisan bread (because I’m gluten free, my options were limited, but I used Whole Foods brand gluten-free bread)
2 Tbsp. chopped dark chocolate
1 Tbsp. good olive oil
Sea salt (preferably Maldon’s)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the chopped chocolate on top of the bread, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and put in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Check after 5 minutes to see if it is melted, if not, keep in for another 4 minutes or so and check again.
Make sure you don’t over cook it - there’s nothing worse than burnt chocolate!
Take out, and spread the chocolate around a bit, and enjoy! It's that easy!