Chocolate: Solving Cooking Dilemmas for 3,000 Years


So I am a million years late reporting this one, but better late than never, right?

Back in May, I asked you guys what the eff I could possibly do with the enormous dried half-citron Vio and I bought at Sahadi’s. While this one was quite the stumper, you commenters came through, as you always do. Namely, it was Stacy with the now-obvious suggestion “Dip it in chocolate.”

I sliced my citron thin, covered it in melted chocolate, and topped it with chopped pistachios, finishing it off with a little cracked sea salt. (Sweet and salty desserts is where it’s at — see gansie’s ice cream round-up.)

If for some odd reason you don’t have any leftover half-citron lying around, this could work with other dried fruits as well. Maybe banana chips? Full details after the jump.

Choco-Citron Delight

Slice your half-citron into thin, semi-circular wedges.

In a saucepan, melt one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. (Or the dark stuff, or milk choco, whatever your pleasure).

Lay the citron slices out on a baking sheet or casserole dish and drizzle/pour the chocolate over them. I tried to do some artsy, Jackson Pollack-style drizzles at first, but in the end I liked the pieces that were absolutely covered in chocolate better. Go Figure.

Crush 1 cup of pistachio nuts. I crushed some of these with the bottom of a mug, and cut some of them with a large knife. Neither method was really easy – any good ideas on how to crush nuts, people?

Grind some cracked sea salt over the whole thing. Stick it in the fridge overnight. That’s it!

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  • Stacy July 7, 2008  


  • Alex July 7, 2008  

    Just put nuts in a plastic bag and use a hammer. Seriously.

  • JoeHoya July 7, 2008  

    You can also chop nuts quickly in either a food processor or – and this is easier to clean – a coffee grinder. One or two quick pulses will coarsely chop the nuts, a few more will finely chop, and a sustained grind will turn them into pistachio meal.

  • gansie July 7, 2008  

    i’m having a hard time figuring out what it tasted like. details!

  • Brooke July 7, 2008  

    I have no idea what citron is, but the chocolate and pistachios look heavenly.

  • Mdt'la July 7, 2008  

    for the record, I thought the pistachios were bits of avocado until I read the recipe…

  • BS July 7, 2008  

    gans – the citron is a pretty mild sweet flavor – if you’ve ever had any chocolate covered fruit you can kind of guess the kind of taste hear. The bites with salt mix in with the chocolate for a really sharp sweet/salty thing

  • gansie July 7, 2008  

    wow maid – you really know this blog. BS – take note – choco and avocado!

    and thanks for the details but i usually don’t partake in choco covered fruit. i like my vitamins and my sweets separately.

  • BS July 8, 2008  

    actually – more details to come, but at momofuku ko the dessert has avocado on the plate – kinda weird

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