Think of this dish as a subtle, sophisticated spin on garlic bread – with a few surprising twists of complex, satisfying flavor. Originally a traditional Asian herbal health tonic, black garlic has been embraced by the Western world as an exciting culinary ingredient. Black garlic is dark ebony black in color, and has a soft, almost jam-like texture with a deep, dark mysterious taste. The long, slow fermentation process yields a sweetly delicate and mild garlic flavor with complex notes of fennel, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
6 thick slices country-style bread 2 oz chocolate liquor or bittersweet chocolate (at least 60%), coarsely grated. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 – 8 cloves black garlic 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Peel the black garlic and slice thinly.
Pre-heat the broiler of the oven. Put the bread on a baking sheet and put it into the oven, flipping to toast it until just golden brown on both sides. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t get too dark – it only takes a few seconds per side.
Sprinkle the grated chocolate over the toast in an even layer while it’s still warm. Distribute the sliced black garlic evenly over the bread slices. Drizzle the chocolate-covered toast generously with the olive oil and return to the oven for a few seconds to melt the chocolate completely.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
Note: This preparation can also be prepared using baguette rounds for bite-sized serving pieces.