This chocolate salami is an easy, traditional Portuguese no-bake dessert made with butter, confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, tea cookies, and Port wine. It can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruits, and is made ahead of time, so it’s ideal for entertaining.
Among traditional Portuguese desserts, chocolate salami ranks pretty darn high for us as most loved. Right up there with pasteis de nata. It’s an easy no-bake dessert that you toss together in moments from just butter, cocoa powder, store-bought butter cookies, and a splash of Port. But our infatuation derives from the beguiling richness and intense chocolatiness. Stash it in the fridge hours ahead of time for easy entertaining. While it’s infallibly charming as a dessert in its own right, it’s even more inspired when set out as an unexpected accompaniment to salty charcuterie, cheese, olives, and nuts.–Renee Schettler
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This is a dessert that always reminds me of my childhood. It was always present at birthday parties and was the favorite sweet of children and adults. It has the flavor of chocolate, a soft consistency with crisp biscuits, and a balanced sweetness enriched with the aroma of Port wine and with dried fruits such as nuts or almonds. A no-bake dessert that’s prepared in a few minutes. I guarantee you that it will also be eaten in a short time!
I used Maria cookies and tawny port. I followed the tip you mentioned and used a paper towel tube to get a cylindrical shape and worked beautifully!
This chocolate salami was a fun and quick delight! I can't believe how fast it came together. The taste is divine and the port took it to another level.
Using a couple different cocoa powders was a brilliant idea. I added toasted almonds and dried cherries and it turned out to be a great flavor combination.
It’s rich so a little goes a long way. I made it to use on a fruit and cheese platter and people couldn't stop gushing about it. It does need several hours in the refrigerator to firm up.
I think this would make a really nice gift during the holidays.
Originally published April 10, 2020