Truffles are quite difficult to find and therefore expensive but one whiff of the sensual scent of truffles will help you understand why they are so highly regarded by chefs in any part of the world.
The white truffle, for instance, is most commonly found in Italy near Alba and in the Piedmont region where dogs and pigs are used to locate them. They have also located the white truffle in parts of Croatia and Istria. The kinds of truffles found in Croatia and the Piedmont region are most usually found with oak trees but also with beech and hazel.
Black truffles are equally as valued (if not more so) as the Italian white truffle. The black truffle is exclusive to a symbiotic relationship with the oak tree in the Perigord region of France. Roughly 45% of the black truffle crop is found in France and specifically in the south eastern part of the country. Spain is also home to the black truffle along with small growth patterns in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.
Although they are not pretty to look at, truffles are delicious and exotic. They are quite difficult to find and therefore expensive but one whiff of the sensual scent of truffles will help you understand why they are so highly regarded by chefs in any part of the world.
The Exotic Scent
Truffles have a very sensual and earthy scent. Many chefs even claim that truffles are an aphrodisiac since a small whiff of this delectable treat is heavenly. Truffle oil is usually a blend of different oils that are steeped for hours with pieces of truffles to infuse the oil with delicate flavor and scent. On its own they can be too intense and harsh. Truffle oil is not used for cooking but as finishing oil. Heating the oil can actually adulterate its flavor. Drizzle a few drops of this beautiful oil over meat dishes, soups or salads to elevate them to gourmet standard.
Using Truffle Oil
Truffles are available in black and white variety. Black truffles are the hardest to find and are often known as black gold because of how expensive they are. What tempts you first about truffle oil is the aroma. The exotic scent of truffle oil works by tempting the taste buds so they crave for a taste. Since the main ingredient in most truffle oils is olive oil, it is easy to infuse any entrée or appetizer with the scent and flavor of truffles.
There are dozens of great rabbit, pork, duck, chicken, beef and even vegetarian entrée recipes available using truffle oil. It also works equally well with egg dishes such as poached eggs and omelets for special Sunday brunches. For something truly unique, try making an after dinner truffle vodka for your next dinner party!
More uses of Truffle from Ann Marie’s.
This season we sampled Truffle Popcorn during the holiday. Our precious popcorn came from the Minocqua Popcorn shop located next to us in downtown Minocqua. We sprinkled the superb plain popcorn with our Ritrovo Truffle Salt for an unbelievably easy appetizer for the holiday…perfect on New Years with exotic cocktails or Champagne.
Truffle honey over cheese -whether a soft and spreadable goat cheese or over a wonderful Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano is superb.
Truffle in Polenta-a delicious combination.
Consider these for you new years celebration…