Monday, May 10, 2010

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Easy Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Melba Toast

You know I am always looking for easy recipes to try and share with my readers. One of the things I find most challenging is to think of something new to bring to a party or a family gathering. Nobody wants to bring the same thing every time. Well, I highly recommend the following easy recipe for your next party.

I always like Old London Melba Snacks with something else . . . onion dip or topped with bruschetta. I never thought to pair this savory snack with chocolate though, but Chef Kyle Shadix, R. D. did! You can find his recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Crunch on ToastForEverydayHealth.com . I inadvertently had to alter the recipe because I could not find pistachios that were already toasted and chopped. I'm too lazy to prepare the pistachios myself, so I substituted them with almond flakes.

Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Melba Toast

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups or (2) 12oz bags of semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
1 box Old London Sea Salt Melba Snacks
1 cup crumbled almond flakes (can substitute with pistachios, as in original recipe)


Step1. In a double-boiler (or a bowl set on top of a saucepan half filled with boiling water), slowly melt the chocolate chips, stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted and smooth.

Step 2. Remove the top of the boiler (or the bowl) from the boiling water.

Step 3. Dip one Melba Snack into the chocolate, covering at least half of the toast. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Then lay the snack on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. (Tip: For broken pieces of snacks, dipping the broken end into the chocolate makes it difficult to tell that these snacks were ever broken in the first place.)

Step 4. Sprinkle the crumbled almond slices on the dipped portion of the Melba Snack immediately.

Step 5. Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 with the remaining snacks.

Step 6. Chill the dipped Melba Snacks in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.


To store leftover snacks, put them in an airtight plastic container in layers separated by wax paper.


I have to say that my husband was floored by how well these turned out. He said they tasted like something you would buy at a gourmet bakery. I had to agree, but I am a huge fan of most salty/sweet flavor combinations. The best thing is how easy these snacks were to make. I wonder how they would turn out if I mixed colored sprinkles in with the almonds to make them better suited for particular holidays?


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I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Old London Melba Toast and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.