Sweet Feta Truffles with Dark Chocolate & Spices
Here is a Mediterranean diet dessert recipe made for Love and Valentine’s Day! I know, I know, Greek feta is not something one usually thinks of in combination with chocolate, but the match is a beguiling one, especially as the tang of the cheese is mellowed with the addition of extra virgin Greek olive oil and brown sugar. I like to think of these unusual truffles as an ode to love itself, a composition of sometimes opposing elements to create a harmonious whole!
- 2 cups Greek feta
- 1/3 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 12 ounces dark chocolate or more as needed
- 2 teaspoons crushed pink peppercorns
- Optional: cinnamon powder
Using a fork, mash the feta and olive together in a medium bowl. Mix in half the grated orange zest and sugar and combine well. Put the feta mixture in the fridge until ready to use.
Shave the chocolate using a fine-toothed micro plane or other grater and spread the grated chocolate onto a flat plate. Add the remaining orange zest and crushed pink peppercorns and mix well. If you want, you can also add a little cinnamon powder to the chocolate.
Using a teaspoon or melon baller, take equal portions of the feta mixture each time and shape into small balls, a little less than an inch in diameter. Roll the balls in the grated chocolate mixture and set aside on a plate lined with wax paper. Continue until the feta and chocolate are all used up. Store in the fridge!