Tuesday, April 24, 2012

9 Uses for Truffle Salt

Truffle Salt, The Spice House
"The most learned men have been questioned as to the nature of this tuber, and after two thousand years of argument and discussion their answer is the same as it was on the first day: we do not know. The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord!" - Alexandre Dumas

Ever since I was introduced to truffled fries at the Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor, Mich., I've been obsessed with truffle salt. As soon as I got back to Chicago, I pounced on a jar from the Spice House (my favorite local purveyor of fresh spices) and proceeded to throw white truffle salt on just about everything I ate for a good week. I learned that while the smoky flavor of truffle goes well with many foods, there are some items that are far better off without it. That said, when truffles are good, they're good. There's a reason that throughout the centuries, they gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac. I'm still dreaming about a truffle cream sauce I ate two months ago.

Truffles don't hold their flavor very long at high heat, so truffle salt is best as a finishing salt. Cook your dish and sprinkle the truffle salt before serving. In my experience, truffle salt tends to enhance recipes that are fairly plain, without a laundry list of other spices and strong flavors. Here's a list of some great foods to try:

  • Lamb
  • Popcorn
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Pork (here's a great recipe)
  • Chicken (most chicken recipes pair well, but I didn't think the truffle salt added anything to fried chicken)
  • Steak
  • Fries
  • Eggs (frittatas, scrambled, omelettes)

Truffles: once you start, you can't stop. If you have other ideas for truffle salt, post them in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. I have recently discovered the joys of sprinkling truffle salt on everything I'm eating as well and am glad you mentioned that it's best used as a finishing salt because I suppose subconsciously I've been coming around to that realization but hadn't quite put it together yet. Tonight I used it on some cauliflower that I tossed with olive oil and hungarian paprika and when it came out of the 400 degree oven, the truffle flavor had dissipated. I'll throw some fresh salt on it now! Good post; thanks!

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  2. Truffle salt, also known as flavor popper! Aside from that, truffle salt doesn't need to be put on food that many because it has the meaty taste already that small portions will do.

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  3. Good Ideas, it inspitarion for me. Thanks for Share, im come back later...

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  4. A friend of mine suggested that I should try out truffle salt. Well, I have proven that truffle salt is a great way of adding a distinctive, earthy flavor to my dishes. I think you have mentioned all its uses, thanks for sharing. I also learnt a few other uses of salt here: http://survival-mastery.com/diy/useful-tools/uses-for-salt.html

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