Just bought my very first truffle!!!
- c oliver Apr 18, 2009 02:51 PM
I went to our Saturday Growers Market this morning and the Mushroom Man had some small black truffles. Last week he only had one and it was pre-sold for $75! This one was only $5 and is perhaps an inch in diameter and was grown here in So. Oregon. I confessed my truffle virginity to him and he gave me two suggestions:
--- cut the truffle in half and take one half and mince it finely. Lightly scramble four or so eggs in a bowl, put the minced truffles in and refrigerate overnight. The truffles will infuse their flavor into the eggs. Scrambled very softly (I call it ala Karl S). That's it.
--- the other half he suggested shaving it. He uses a vegetable peeler even though he owns a truffle peeler. Said his wife cut herself badly :) Then make an Alfredo sauce, serve with pasta and truffles.
Anybody have any additional suggestions? I'm planning on budgetting $5/wk for this little extravangance.
C Oliver, I meant to add- make truffle butter!!!! horray, so delicious!shave the truffle, mix with softened butter, roll up into a little log and wrap in plastic wrap. What a treat to have in the fridge- a great thing to add to potato au gratin.
Roast a chicken with slices of truffle tucked under the skin before you roast it, just make small slices in the skin and tuck in the slices of truffle. Yum!
I used half the truffle minced and mixed in the eggs. After overnighting, the eggs were a beautiful golden-orange color. And the flavor was lovely. I desribed as it tasted like I always wish mushrooms tasted. Very earthy and rich. And the dogs even got to lick the plates.
The other half I'm trying to decide between fettucine Alfredo with shaved truffles or a cheese souffle with shaved truffles. Leaning towards the latter. Can't wait til next Saturday to spend another $5 plus all his mushrooms.