A pan fried chocolate and sea salt sandwich ~is this the best on-the go gourmet treat?
This is one of those treats that works best when the phone won’t stop ringing, the emails keep piling up and everyone wants your attention at the same time! The pan fried Chocolate and sea salt sandwich was designed for THOSE moments!
All you need to do is to steal away from reality for 5 minutes and a delicious and satisfying gourmet treat is ready and waiting for your undivided attention.
I first discovered the magical properties of the sandwich whilst hosting a chocolate workshop with Boon chocolatiers in Sydney. I was besotted with all the chocolate that was seductively melting and cooking in front of me but slightly frazzled from all the work that had gone into getting the event up and running, I needed a quick fix before all my guests arrived for the evenings workshop. Bread in hand and chocolate in sight I set about making me a hunger busting endorphin lifting chocolate toasted sandwich that Escoffier himself would have been proud.
The chocolate warms and comforts you in its glossy embrace whilst the bread is filing and satisfying with crisp crunch from the frying and flipping. Use good quality dark chocolate, natural sea salt flakes that you grind between your fingertips and a couple of generous slices of your favourite sourdough loaf.
The amount of salt that you add to your sandwich is all dependant on the quality of your salt and the state of your nerves. If you’re using a good quality natural sea salt like Murray River pink salt, you can be a bit more generous in the pinch as natural sea salt has a more delicate flavour as opposed to ordinary table salt. Avoid table salt at all costs! Rock salt should also be avoided here. If you’re not able to grind the salt between your fingertips, don’t use it.
The perfect on-the-go snack to keep you on track and on fire!
4 slices of day old sourdough bread
100g dark chocolate ~ the darker the better! I like to use a chocolate with 80% cocoa solids
Natural sea salt flakes
10mls olive oil
- Lay out 2 slices of bread and cover evenly with blocks of the chocolate.
- Using clean fingertips, grind a pinch or two of the sea salt over top of each chocolate covered bread.
- Top with the other slices of bread and press firmly to seal.
- Heat a frying pan on medium to hot and melt together half the butter and olive oil.
- Once the liquid begins to bubble and splatter gently, add in the sandwich and fry for 45 seconds on each side, holding down with a flat spatula to encourage the sandwich holds together by the melting chocolate.
- Remove the sandwich from the pan and wipe out the pan with a paper towel to remove any potential overly crispy bits.
- Place the pan back onto the heat and add the remaining butter and olive oil and repeat the cooking of the second sandwich.
- Slice the sandwiches in half to begin the process of major salivation by watching the melting chocolate oozing out from the toasted bread slices.