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Mar 19, 2010 03:53 PM
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Popcorn & Truffle Oil & Truffle Salt

I've recently started making popcorn. Today I flavored it with butter, white truffle oil, parmesan, salt.

My friend has been urging me to switch from salt to truffle salt.

My question is: the truffle oil I use is white truffle oil. The truffle salt I see in the store is black truffle salt. Is there a contraindication or is it a-okay to use white truffle oil with black truffle salt.

Also . . . anyone have other rockin' ideas for flavoring popcorn?

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  1. Be not afraid to mix black and white truffles! I'm a big fan of truffle salt - it's great on popcorn, scrambled eggs, egg salad, potato salad, french fries, simple chicken breast, pizza, anything with mushrooms, etc... There's also a truffle honey out there, which is amazing with goat cheese or blue cheese. If you like spicy, I have a friend who swears by sriracha chili sauce mixed with melted butter on her popcorn.

    I make a bacon truffle caramel popcorn - check out my sight if you're interested;
    http://www.chefcordelia.com/Popcorn.html

     
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    1. re: Chef Cordelia

      Chef Cordelia,

      I hope you're aware the "truffle" aroma in the products you mention has no relation whatsoever with real truffles. Actually, you're ingesting 2,4-dithiapentane, a 100% synthetic chemical.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/din...

      1. re: RicRios

        Yes, I am aware. I was going to have my label read "Bacon 2,4-Dithiapentane Caramel Popcorn," but it just didn't fit :)

    2. I make my popcorn with butter, salt, truffle oil and chives.

      1. Out here in California nutritional yeast is a traditional topping along with butter and salt. I'm a fan of mixing Tapatio hot sauce in with the butter.

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        1. re: virtualguthrie

          HA! 30 yrs ago, hippy friends swayed me w/ popcorn tossed w/ brewer's yeast and tamari. To this day, i only eat popcorn w/ tamari! really great depth of flavor. no salt, no fat. Tamaris differ aLOT; good to test them. Online you can also find tamari tastings articles.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            Ummm. Brewer's yeast is NOT yummy.
            I think you must have meant nutritional yeast....which is nickname "hippie dust" and is freaking amazing on popcorn!

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              As an aging hippy, I can tell you that brewer's yeast and nutritional yeast are the same thing.

        2. Can't believe I just stumbled on this thread. There is a steakhouse I enjoy here in New Brunswick, NJ (Steak 85) and while it is an excellent restaurant, one of the biggest draws for me was the popcorn at the bar. This is an upscale/high end steakhouse, not your Ground-Round of the 70's so popcorn was a somewhat odd choice when I first saw it being served in porcelain bowls on the bar.

          Well after I took my first handful tossed it into my mouth I was hooked. Some kind of garlicy, parmesan, olive oil, salt pepper and parsley combination brought this popcorn to a whole new level. Always a little embarrassed to ask "How do you make your popcorn", I just silently enjoyed for several years now.

          On a recent trip I brought my 20 year old daughter with me, and I had her try the pop corn, not being very shy she asked the waitress how they made it, much to my surprise this was the secret recipe;

          Bacon Grease
          Truffle Oil
          Salt & Pepper
          Parsley

          That's it. I don't have measurements and I have since been diagnosed with diabetes, although I did buy some truffle oil just for this purpose. It is absolutely delicious!! Give it a try!

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          1. re: jrvedivici

            Maybe you could use the same flavor mix on kale chips or nuts...?

          2. I think truffle oil is an abomination (just me and Tony Bourdain's personal opinions), but black truffle salt is amazing on popcorn (and pasta and many other things).