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Firstly keep it in a dark space, better yet the fridge. That stuff goes rancid and the clear glass doesn't help.
It's great for drizzling on things like pasta, risotto, soups & stews, etc. Pairs well with mushrooms, chicken, cheese (grilled cheese? oh yes)...all kinds of things.
Also, don't cook with it - leave that to your olive or vegetable oil. Just use it to finish a dish. A little goes a long ways too.
What else can I say...Sarah covered pretty much all the bases.Thanks for the laugh.I needed that!
Adding some truffle oil to melted butter and then tossing popcorn in it will give you somewhat surprising but very nice adult snacks to go with drinks.Truffle oil can also be nicely paired with honey and gruyere cheese.
Drizzle over roasted potatoes ....like truffle fries!
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I agree with all of Sarah's points. Terrific on risotto, polenta, pappardelle, and will seriously brighten up ordinary sauteed champignon mushrooms. For it to be successful the food it's used with almost always needs to be hot. And yes, it does have a short shelf life.
Give it to someone as a gift :). I find it to be overrated, cloying and prone to excessive use. Real truffles are so far removed from this product it should have another name imho.
ChezHenry, cannot agree more.
In my experience, it has a weird metallic taste.
Yup, the question would be is it 'real tuffle oil'...something called "truffle oil" which can be a synthetic product sold as 'tuffle oil'.
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/dining/16truf.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/dining/16truf.html?pagewanted=all</a>
These fine points aren't quite subject to labeling laws. You can find 'soy sauce' (and I'm looking at you Chung King from my child hood that made me hate Asian food)...isn't soy sauce but a chemically mixed concoction that has soy beans way down the list...just the husks toasted etc..and tastes metallic also.
One of my favorite uses for truffle oil is for sous vide poached eggs to top steamed asparagus. Tear off a piece of a BPA-free plastic wrap without plasticizers (like Saran Wrap). Brush it with truffle oil. Sprinkle fresh herbs on top. Place the plastic wrap in a ramekin (oil side up), and crack the egg into the ramekin. Tie the wrap around the egg to form a little bundle and lower into simmering water. This makes the tastiest, creamiest poached egg that I have ever eaten. Not only is it marvelous on steamed asparagus, it's also great on top of a green salad.
I also use truffle oil in a black and white bean salad. Use equal parts black and white beans (about 2 C of each cooked bean). Then I add finely diced colored peppers, shallots, fresh thyme, and really good fresh tomatoes (garden in season or grape tomatoes) diced small.) Top with good cracked pepper, salt, and white whine vinegar. Let sit for at least two hours. Before serving, drizzle with truffle oil and toss.
May I know what is the brand?
Truffle products in the market today use synthetic chemical flavorings 2,4 dithiapentane bis-sulfate http://www.nytimes.com...
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- is made with real organic Italian white truffle pieces and real white truffle flavor. Use it to add high-end flavor to basics like grilled cheese, pot pies, mashed potatoes, roast chicken, scrambled eggs, salad dressing, popcorn and french fries.
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- is made with real organic black winter truffle pieces and real black winter truffle flavor. It is a delicious finish on grilled fish, lobster, crab, scallops, and simple dishes like roast chicken and scrambled eggs. Great in salads with mushrooms, green vegetables, white meat fish, eggs or potatoes.
Whatever you do, just be careful not to use too much of it. It can easily drown out the flavors of anything you add it to.
I am quite disappointed. I now live in the Philippines but from the States. I bought a bottle of White Truffle Oil under the brand of La Tourangelle. I have been cooking for 30 years. It is is a metal container but you know what the taste reminds me of? "Plastic". I notice they no longer carry the product but the expiry date is over 30 days from now. It was on sale. Just be careful if you see this product.
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