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Jun 3, 2009 05:57 PM

What to do with a jar of black truffles?

I have a jar of black truffles that I found on sale at Marshall's (!) I have never, ever cooked with truffles, but I like the flavor. Any suggestions?

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  1. It is probably truffle sauce. I love them. I use a tablespoon in risotto, with pasta. A friend likes them on eggs. Nice in a cream sauce with gnocchi. Also put a couple of tablespoons in choux paste and made appetizer size puffs.

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    1. re: sarah galvin

      If it's the same stuff I got at Marshall's it's not truffle sauce but a few black truffles in a tiny jar with a lid that resembles a bottle cap.

      They're always good in scrambled eggs!!!

    2. I would probably eat them.

      1. In Venice, we had shavings over pasta primavera.

        1. You've probably got a jar of preserved truffles in your hands. They won't be as aromatic as the fresh ones, but hey, these last a while.

          You might want to punch them up with truffle oil.

          But if you want them to go solo, use them mostly for texture.
          Or Truffle Butter:
          Chop them finely and saute in a bit of butter (truffle and fat go well together) just enough to saute. When you start getting some fragrance remove from heat and let cool. Then mix this into some softened/room temp butter (salted is good, if unsalted, just add some to your seasoning preference). You can stash this in the fridge or freeze a bit. It'll last a while.

          1. Grate them or cut into tiny pieces and mash in a mortar. Mix with extra-virgin olive oil and heat very gently. Add a little minced garlic and a pinch of salt. Finally, add an anchovy fillet and continue to mix over very gentle heat until the sauce is quite smooth. This sauce can be tossed with pasta or spread on bruschetta (with a squeeze of lemon or a few drops of vinegar on top).

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            1. re: mbfant

              eLizard - that's exactly what I got - for $1 so I figured it was worth a try!

              I grated some in some sauteed garlic - bleh. I was very underwhelmed with their fragrance and flavor, but for $1 I guess I can't complain.

              nimeye - thanks.

              the rest of you, thanks for the tips I'll try them out.