With summer in full swing, I've seen the addition of some black truffles to everything from pizza toppings to cocktail dressings. So, why not make your own and have fun with it?
The difference between the black truffles and regular red truffles is that the former is lighter and more delicate. They also contain less moisture, so they are rarer. It's best if you can get your hands on a local market, but the best place is probably an online store.
I love my favorite recipe for truffles and they're not too hard to make. It's just so much fun to work with all of the different spices and to have them all mixed together. You'll want to have a good, high quality cream cheese (I like Colby), butter, some garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, a little Rosemary and some wine or vinegar. Add your ingredients to a bowl and then mix it up with your hands or with a handheld mixer.
It doesn't take a lot of time to work the ingredients in your food processor. Add the sugar, Rosemary and garlic powder and pulse until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. When the mixture gets smooth, you can then add your black truffle salt to the sauce. To make it taste even better, add a little more of the parmesan cheese.
Tarragon leaves and thyme sprigs would be nice for garnishing. We also added a dash of anise and clove, but you can always add more to your liking. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also add one or two pieces of a grape to your sauce.
The flavor will be similar to store bought truffles because they all have a similar taste. It's a very tasty way to use truffles, but don't worry because there are no preservatives.
Truffles are meant to be eaten fresh, so you need to do everything in your power to preserve them. Try freezing them and defrosting them in the refrigerator in an ice cube tray. The freezer will cause the flavors to freeze and then thaw time is faster which will help with the enjoyment.
As you go through the process of making these delicious truffles, keep an eye out for any signs of mold. If you see signs of it, throw out the remaining truffle or throw away the cube. Black truffle salt is all natural and it will help keep the flavors fresh.
Also, if you see any bumps in the cubes, toss them away. Black truffle salt is all natural so there's no harm in tossing them in the trash. You can also use it to garnish the truffles and any dishes that have the truffles in them.
When eating your truffles, I recommend you eat them with truffle salt in the bread. That's because most of the flavors come from the crust or top layer of bread. It would be a shame to put truffle salt on the truffles as that won't make them taste better.
Tarragon leaves, thyme sprigs and Rosemary are great to garnish any meal. I use them all the time for their fresh taste and flavor. Even my mother uses them when she cooks.
Be sure to serve your black truffle salt with tomato sauce or cream sauce for a pasta dish. I also add a littleto salads and sandwiches. So now you can enjoy a little bit of French cooking along with some of the truffles.