Friday, March 6, 2009

chocolate covered macadamia nuts-EASY!

some friends came over last night and i made several things in anticipation of secret fork- potato soup with curly kale w/ grilled sausage(thank you Alice Waters!), roasted garlic heads, fresh guacamole, mixed green salad (from a basket of food that Kelly from Backyard Beekeepers sent me!) with this super easy dressing that i do, my soon to be famous kumquat margaritas and the best of all-chocolate covered macadamia nuts!
we usually get a small bag of shelled macs in our CSA, personally i am not the biggest fan (i know already!). what i usually do with them is toast them and put them on salads of grind them up good and put them in a lentil nut loaf.
several glasses of wine lead me to making these treats that are great if you are having people over and want a quick dessert that is yummy and original.
-in a double boiler (or you can do a ghetto double boiler like i did below), heat up 1/2 of a large bar of chocolate-you can get this on the cheap at your local Fresh and Easy.-make sure someone in watching the chocolate please, burnt chocolate is nasty! keep stirring around , they water should be just below boiling-about medium heat on the stove.
-tear off a piece of parchment paper and line a cookie sheet, smash up a small bag of macs with a hammer and spread on the paper. when the chocolate is nice and melted, drizzle on the nuts.
-sprinkle half with feur de sel (LOVE) and the other half with the dried pepper salt, and put it in the fridge for 1/2 hour or more (play a board game or a round of Uno, have a glass and by the time you remember why you started playing the game in the first place, the chocolate should be ready).

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