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Truffle oil - what's it best with?

mangiatore Feb 9, 2007 01:39 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been experimenting with truffle oil recently and wanted to see if anyone could give me any tips. It's actually a little more pungent than I had remembered. What dishes do you find it goes best with?


  1. SauceSupreme Mar 2, 2007 02:05 AM

    I like it as an addition to honey to making meatballs (as opposed to using an egg as a thickening/binding agent).

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      flipkeat Mar 1, 2007 03:49 PM

      I use truffle oil when making shrimp scampi. over pasta... Also it's wonderful in risotto's..

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        harryharry Mar 1, 2007 11:50 AM

        has anyone every used truffle paste - white or black?

        1. seefood Mar 1, 2007 11:43 AM

          There's an interesting discussion of truffle oil at http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co... .

          1. Suzie Mar 1, 2007 06:05 AM

            For any true Truffle lovers out there, you have to try Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto from Igourmet.com. Its a blend of sheep’s and cow’s milk with white truffle shavings throughout. Its WONDERFUL!

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              pittsburgher Mar 1, 2007 06:53 AM

              Just bought a Brentine truffle pecorino which I'd never had before -- I grilled a bone-in ribeye, sliced thin, over arugula with some of the pecorino shaved over top. Pretty tasty . . .

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                Suzie Mar 1, 2007 08:06 AM

                Ohhhhh, that sounds goooood! I will have to look for that pecorino!

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              Fleur Feb 26, 2007 02:32 PM

              The point Arthur Scwartz, The Food Maven, was making is that in almost all so called Truffle Oil, the Truffle flavour comes not from real Truffles, but from a chemical called "Truffle Aroma". If you see that phrase on the label, do not buy it. You are just paying a premium price for oil plus the chemical; no expensive real Truffle has ever been near the bottle.

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              1. re: Fleur
                pitu Feb 27, 2007 02:21 AM

                you were perfectly clear the first time

                Despite what Schwartz has to say, truffle oil from TJs (for $10, never saw an actual truffle) is a very pleasant ingredient.

              2. sivyaleah Feb 26, 2007 09:11 AM

                This recipe is one of my favorites - from Delmonico Steak House in Las Vegas - totally addictive, Emeril's Truffle Parmesean Potato Chips.


                1. pitu Feb 26, 2007 06:40 AM

                  a couple truffle oil threads I found helpful, about brands and uses

                  Since people are not bringing me the good stuff from Italia every day, I make do with what I can get . . . def. one of those things that either rings your bell or not, Scag

                  use it on mushroom (or other vegetal) pasta dishes, and as an extra flavor in panade (search Home Cooking for a lot on that and Zuni Cafe Cookbook


                  i was thinking it could make for great homemade croutons . . .

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                    Fleur Feb 25, 2007 11:21 PM

                    Arthur Schwartz, aka The Food Maven, writes that almost all Truffle oil sold in the US is made from CHEMICALS !! Labels are marked "truffle aroma" . That truffle aroma is a chemical. Arthur has a great website with lots of recipes from his columns and his books. Great reading.

                    Only the truffle oil made from peelings or shavings are worth using, according to The Maven.


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                      ryssiebee Feb 23, 2007 06:57 AM

                      I had this really great dish the other night at a restaurant. It was seared duck over mushroom risotto, and there was definitely truffle oil in the risotto. All the flavors were very deep and paired wonderfully together.

                      1. MaggieMuffin Feb 22, 2007 12:43 PM

                        I use it in a vinagrette for a salad with shaved mushrooms (baby bella best) or shave fennel and argula. Yum. Also, I always add it to my scrambled eggs.

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                          soupkitten Feb 22, 2007 09:40 AM

                          surprised to see i'm the 1st to say drizzled sparingly on mushroom soup--either creamy or broth-based. had it on a rich breafast scramble with bacon and spinach. . . maybe a bit much but good in small quantities

                          1. Scagnetti Feb 21, 2007 12:14 PM

                            Am I the only one who finds truffle oil extremely strong tasting, more earthy than anything, with an unappetizing smell?

                            And spare me a history lesson on why it tastes and smells the way it does, I'm aware of their storied past.

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                            1. re: Scagnetti
                              Maya Feb 21, 2007 12:18 PM

                              Apparently the only one on this thread! :)

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                                Scagnetti Feb 21, 2007 12:36 PM

                                That's what I'm thinking but I've always wanted to ask that question.

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                                  mangiatore Feb 21, 2007 01:22 PM

                                  I know what you're getting at. It's definitely pungent. That's why many recipes call for literally just a few drops.

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                                QueenB Feb 21, 2007 12:41 PM

                                Scagnetti, the smell of truffle oil really turns me off. Which is a shame, since I got bottles of each at Christmas. I cracked them open, took a whiff, and set them right back down. I'm hoping they taste better than I thought they smelled.

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                                  Scagnetti Feb 22, 2007 09:13 AM

                                  That makes two of us. My bottle sits in the top tray of the refrigerator and mocks me every time I open the door.

                                  The first time I used it, I put a few drops in scrambled eggs for a family brunch and my wife sent me to my room and the second time I put some in mashed potatoes in such a miniscule portion you could hardly taste it.

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                                tdo ca Feb 20, 2007 06:51 PM

                                I used it in a killer tortellini alfredo

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                                  TruDiner Feb 20, 2007 12:48 PM

                                  I use white truffle oil at home quiet a bit and always remember that a few drops go a very longs way. I add it to mashed potatoes, roast vegetable hash, sunchokes...just about any tuber to make a side dish stand out. Great with wild mushroom risotto. At work, we sometimes toss it with ahi sashimi, horseradish vinaigrette and frisee to make an awesome appetizer.

                                  1. financialdistrictresident Feb 20, 2007 11:01 AM

                                    I make a dish that's a spin-off from an entree at some Boston restauant. Pour a little cream in the bottom of your casserole dish, add cooked gnocchi (I use DeCecco), sliced mixed mushrooms (porcini, etc.). Layer the top with cheese slices (I use muenster because whatever was in the original recipe was hard to find and they suggested muenster as the best substitution). Bake until golden brown on top. When it comes out of the oven let it cool a bit and drizzle the truffle oil on top. To die for, especially in winter.

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                                      dagrassroots Feb 20, 2007 10:41 AM

                                      On french fries. I mean freedom fries.

                                      1. Da_Cook Feb 12, 2007 09:33 AM

                                        Definitely Carpacio, also try it drizzled on a beef filet, hot off the grill.

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                                          Hunicsz Feb 12, 2007 09:23 AM

                                          I agree with all of the above, and would add polenta.

                                          1. Suzie Feb 12, 2007 07:25 AM

                                            I put love it on mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, baked eggs, scrambled eggs and all types of pasta dishes. Igourmet.com has the most delicious tuffle cheese that I treat myself to a couple times a year. Anyone who loves truffles must try it . Boschetto al Tartufo Bianchetto

                                            1. starlady Feb 9, 2007 09:19 PM

                                              popcorn with Parmesan cheese, my fave movie night snack, just cut the truffle oil a little with some melted butter

                                              1. AlwayzHungry Feb 9, 2007 09:13 PM

                                                I had delicious truffle mashed potatoes in Vancouver once...

                                                1. bolivianita Feb 9, 2007 06:11 PM

                                                  I posted earlier but i guess something happened.
                                                  Its great to drizzle on beef carpacio thats been garnished with shaved parmesan, shaved celery and a salad of arugula with lemon and olive oil.

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                                                    mangiatore Feb 9, 2007 05:48 PM

                                                    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll report back when I've had the chance to try some of these!

                                                    1. septocaine_queen Feb 9, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                      mac and cheese

                                                      1. Quine Feb 9, 2007 04:28 PM

                                                        I like it in a bechamel sauce served with steamed califlower

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                                                          bryan Feb 11, 2007 09:17 PM

                                                          Try it with roasted cauliflower - amazing.

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                                                            mangiatore Feb 12, 2007 07:21 AM

                                                            How exactly do you prepare this bryan? Thanks.

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                                                              bryan Feb 12, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                              Separate cauliflower into even pieces - same size works best here. Roast on high heat stirring often till carmalized. Drizzle with a small amount of truffle oil. Once you have roasted cauliflower, there's no going back to steaming it.

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                                                                mangiatore Feb 12, 2007 07:54 AM

                                                                The way you describe it, it sounds like you're sauteéing it...is this right?

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                                                                  bryan Feb 12, 2007 08:44 AM

                                                                  No, roasting on high heat in the oven - about 400. Takes about half an hour.

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                                                                    mangiatore Feb 12, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                    Gotcha...just wanted to be sure. Thx.

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                                                          Maya Feb 9, 2007 04:26 PM

                                                          Any pasta, particularly risotto. Also drizzled on top of soups. Heaven.

                                                          1. hotoynoodle Feb 9, 2007 04:25 PM

                                                            scrambled eggs, and also gnocchi.

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                                                              Fleur Feb 9, 2007 04:14 PM

                                                              Does anyone know of a good source for top quality Truffle Oil?

                                                              I looked at the Truffle oil at O&CO this week, it smelled wonderful. Has anyone used it?

                                                              1. HomeCookKirsten Feb 9, 2007 01:46 PM

                                                                I drizzle a little bit over white pizza, or atop a mushroom ravioli with a wild mushroom pan sauce or tossed with fingerling potatoes which I then roast until crisp and browned...

                                                                I am sure others will have even more inspired ideas!

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