Thursday, December 27, 2012
Chocolate and Olive Oil Crostini
A setting or rising sun is one of those sights that we, as a species, love to behold. So colorful and and epic and majestic, it inspires a sense of wonder and awe. Unless you are a certain two year old. The sun is totally old news, apparently, for him. A sunset, though, is exciting for one and only one reason - it is a harbinger of the moon! Our little guy is quite taken with the moon, and has a deep love for just sitting outside and gazing up excitedly at it. Moon watching, actually, can begin as early as 3 or 4 pm. That's when we start to think the moon is out. So we have to go outside and check if it can be seen. As expected, it usually is not visible at that time. So we keep checking again and again and again. And eventually, that wonderful moon of ours does indeed make an appearance (though I'm not sure how he will take the news that the moon goes through a "new moon" phase). And when that happens, he scoots some chairs out to the deck and demands a moon watching companion. If Max was running the show, one would do nothing but moon watch from 4 pm until bedtime. But, as you can imagine, that leaves no time to do things like, I don't know, make dinner. So compromises are made. Full on moon watching begins after dinner once the dishes have been cleaned up. We go to the deck, bundle up, sit on on the chairs that Max so helpfully brought outside, and eat a snack while gazing up at the moon. These crostini with a chocolate and olive oil drizzle, mint leaves, coconut flakes, and vanilla salt make for a fun moon watching snack. Packed onto a tray and taken outside, it is a delicious companion to celestial observations. And of course, it can be eaten indoors as well.
3.5 ounces good quality chocolate ( I used a Lindt 70% cacao bar)
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 baguette, sliced
1/3 cup chopped mint leaves
1/3 cup coconut flakes
Heat oven to 375. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet (I used a Silpat to line mine). Pour 1/4 cup olive oil in a bowl, and brush the oil on each slice. Sprinkle a bit of vanilla salt and pepper on each. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden-brown.
Place the chocolate bar (chopped) and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small microwaveable bowl. Carefully melt the chocolate and olive oil together (about 30 seconds). Stir the mixture.
Have fun with these - drizzle the chocolate and olive oil on the crostini, or use it as a dip. Sprinkle more vanilla salt on top, if desired. Or throw on some mint leaves and/or coconut flakes. Whatever floats your boat!