By Laurel Pine
The perfect finish
Truffle oil is almost exclusively used as a finishing oil, meaning, the truffle oil is drizzled over a dish at the end of the preparation, usually in small amounts. Rule number one is be careful not to overdo it! Truffle oil is not used for cooking. The truffle flavour will be compromised if exposed to high heat.
The last point we’ll make is that truffle oil should not be used in every dish. Though there are endless uses for truffle oil, if three out of five courses include truffle oil, the charm of this unique flavor experience is diminished or even lost.
1. Use truffle oil to enhance the flavour of fresh truffles.
Summer truffles and Burgundy truffles are considerably more mild in flavour than winter truffles, therefore, drizzling white or black truffle oil directly on the fresh truffle slices is one of our favorite uses for truffle oil.
2. Make truffle oil vinaigrette.
Use a teaspoon or two of truffle oil combined with olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, salt, pepper, and dijon mustard. Use truffle oil vinaigrette for salads with mushrooms, summer truffles, hard cheeses and dried or cured meats.
3. Drizzle truffle oil over potatoes, pasta, polenta or risotto.
Widely regarded as one of the top uses for truffle oil, the mild flavored starchy base of potatoes, pasta, polenta and risotto makes a perfect match with the flavour of black or white truffle oil.
4. Pizza with truffle oil.
Truffle oil is makes a wonderful addition to pizza crust, especially white pizza.
5. Eggs and truffle oil
This is a great pairing. Whether drizzled over scrambled eggs or an elegant cheese omelette, eggs and truffles are a pairing not to be missed. Though fresh truffles are frequently used with eggs, truffle oil is an inexpensive way to enjoy this classic pairing.
6. Truffle oil goes well with many vegetables.
Some of our favorite combinations include asparagus, cauliflower, sweet potato, yams, corn, mushrooms of any type, and squash of any type.
7. Beef Carpaccio
Wonderful with truffle oil. The combination of beef carpacio, shaved Parmesean, arugula, or other bitter green, lemon, and olive oil laced with truffle oil is heavenly. Try adding fresh shaved summer truffles, burgundy truffles or white truffles for a real treat.
8. Dishes using wild mushrooms
Generally can be enhanced with truffle oil. Think wild mushroom risotto with salsa tartufata/truffle sauce, creamy mushroom soup, mushroom ragout, wild mushroom polenta, etc…
9. Finish a fish filet, filet mignon, duck breast or nice piece of lamb with truffle oil.
Many types of fish, red meat, and even chicken, rabbit and other white meats pair well with fresh truffles, which means, they also pair well with truffle oil as well.
10. Truffled popcorn, potato chips and French fries.
Our list of uses for truffle oil would not be complete without this addition. After the cooking process is complete, toss the finished product with salt and truffle oil and enjoy. The full article can be found here.