There’s nothing else like fresh truffles, but cooking with this luxury ingredient isn’t always possible. Truffles only stay fresh for a few weeks at the most, and that’s if they are stored correctly. It’s part of the reason they’re so expensive. So, if you need the flavour of truffles, but can’t get fresh ones, truffle oil is your best option.
Truffles and olive oil have always been a natural match. The flavours complement each other perfectly. But the best part is the extended shelf life. By using truffles to make truffle oil, chefs found a way to preserve the truffles for months.
As well as boasting a deep and complex flavour, truffle oil has other benefits. For one, truffle oil is vegetarian and vegan friendly. Thanks to the olive oil, it’s also heart healthy. In this article we look at some of our favorite truffle oil recipes from around the web.
What Truffle Oil Should I Use?
You need to be buying truffle oil containing real truffles and truffle extracts. Anything else is a waste of time. While this answer might seem a little blunt, the synthetic alternatives are dreadful. Read the ingredients list carefully, and if it doesn’t contain real truffles, don’t buy.
White Truffle Oil Or Black Truffle Oil?
This depends on the kind of flavours you want from your truffle oil. White truffle oil contains hints of garlic, onion and pepper. The flavour is more subtle than black truffle oil. As with white truffles, the oil goes best with pasta and salads.
Black truffle oil is earthy, with a stronger slightly coco flavour. It goes well with red meats and casseroles and other winter dishes.
How Do I Use Truffle Oil?
Add some truffle oil once the food has already been plated. Cooking this oil will take out all the flavour. Be careful to only use a tiny amount of truffle oil. Using too much truffle oil is the number one error people make with this ingredient.
Where Can I Buy Truffle Oil?
Most of the big supermarkets stock truffle oil, but often only the synthetic kind. To buy genuine truffle oil you might need to go to a deli or more specialist food store. If you don’t have one of these in your area, then Amazon has a decent selection of brands to choose from.
Luxury Shepherd’s Pie
A cold-weather classic, this Shepherd’s Pie recipe uses lamb shoulder and truffle oil to enhance the flavour. The recipe doesn’t specify which truffle oil to use, but if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll already know the answer.
This summer salad is light and healthy and can be enjoyed year-round. It’s both quick and easy to make and works well as a side dish or even a light lunch. As well as being rich in vitamins B,C,E and K, rocket contains glucosinolates. These can help to protect you against cancer. This rocket salad calls for white truffle oil to complement the rocket, mustard, lemon juice and parmesan.
This mushroom risotto would work well with either white truffle oil or black truffle oil. Remember black truffle oil has the stronger flavour. Just a few drops will be plenty. A signature Italian dish, the risotto was born in Milan which was under Spanish rule at the time. The Spanish were already slow cooking paellas, and the risotto became an Italian version using the local produce.
Truffle Oil Popcorn
Providing it’s not drenched in butter or toffee; popcorn is a surprisingly healthy snack. It’s whole grain and high in fiber, which means heart healthy. Fresh popcorn with truffle oil is perfect for a movie night. The recipe calls for 3 to 4 tablespoons of truffle oil, but you will be fine with half that. This recipe is further proof of how well truffles and parmesan go together.
Truffled Mushroom Pizza
You can’t go wrong with pizza. It’s the perfect meal for any time of the day or night. Yes, that statement absolutely includes breakfast. When you consider how much sugar goes into the average cereal, pizza becomes the healthy alternative. This recipe for fresh, homemade pizza uses truffle oil to compliment the mushroom topping.
Steak With Truffle Fries
Truffle fries are great on their own, but even better when served with a prime cut of steak. This recipe uses strip steak, all cuts will work equally well. Black truffle oil will work best with this recipe, but white will work at a pinch.
Cauliflower And Roasted Garlic Soup
Soups are one of the best things about the autumn and winter months. This is comfort food at its best. Easy to make and delicious. Plus soup comes with a stack of other benefits. It’s full of water making it a solid option for staying hydrated. It can help fight off cold and flu virus or help you to recover if you catch one. It’s also affordable, especially if you make your own. This garlic and cauliflower soup uses white truffle oil to take it to the next level and make winter that bit more bearable.
Grilled Shrimp With Truffle Oil Vinaigrette
This is a great summertime recipe, perfect for the BBQ. A grill pan is a decent alternative, but you will miss out on the charcoal flavour. If you’re using genuine truffle oil, then you won’t need to use the half a cup the recipe recommends. A tablespoon will be more than enough to elevate the vinaigrette.
The health benefits of eating shrimp are off the scale. This simple recipe is a great way to get more shrimp into your diet.
As you can see, creative chefs are finding ever more ways to use truffle oil in their recipes. They have discovered that truffles are able to unlock a whole new depth of flavour.
This is just one of the reasons we believe the demand for truffles will explode in the coming years. This is great news for truffle farmers, like us who can expect to see their product increase in value each year,
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