Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to make a chocolate salami for Festivus

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 10:45 AM

click to enlarge An unadorned aluminum pole is one of the many Festivus traditions.
  • An unadorned aluminum pole is one of the many Festivus traditions.

You might have forgot that Festivus was on Thursday. But you still have time to make the holiday's signature dish -- Festivus Chocolate Salami.

Saveur
has the recipe from Allen Salkin's book, Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us. Salkin's book also covers the traditions of the fictional secular holiday that originated on the hit sitcom Seinfeld. If you've never aired your grievances or participated in feats of strength (both customs of Festivus), consider chocolate salami your gateway to the holiday.

And Festivus is still inspiring people even though Seinfeld has been off the air for 12 years. Witness the case of Malcolm Alamo King. The Associated Press reports that the Orange County inmate apparently used his devotion to Festivus to get out of eating salami by claiming his religious beliefs merited a kosher diet. He was given a salami reprieve for two months before a court dismissed the order.

While you have to credit King for ingenuity, salami is actually a part of the Festivus worship. It's just in chocolate form. And King may have found an escape in the chocolate salami that Salkin describes in a post on Saveur:

"Every time I've made it, this confection has had a slight intoxicating, very very faintly hallucinatory effect. The ginger snaps, cocoa and Grand Marnier alchemize magically."
So despite being the centerpiece of a secular holiday, chocolate salami may turn out to be a religious experience.

[Image via Flickr: M. Keefe]

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