If you want to add a touch of class to your dinner table then you should look no further than black truffle salt. Truffles are the most exotic, expensive food to eat in the world and are served as a delicacy at gourmet restaurants, but because they are so exclusive their price is way above the normal family budget.
Truffle salt is the next best thing. It is a high quality gourmet grade kosher salt and one of the most exotic salts in the world. It is a mixture of kosher sea salt and real truffles and it gives food a rich flavor which comes from their earthy, nutty taste derived from truffles being a member of the fungus family.
It is an established fact that sea salt gives a much healthier lifestyle than normal table salt but black truffle salt, as well as being healthy, is also unique and exotic.
Most people place salt on the table for guests to sprinkle over their food as they require but with truffle salt you can do so much more. If you want to welcome your guests with a luxurious canape you can serve it with peeled quails eggs, or sprinkle it over squares of butter and serve it with home-made bread straight out of the over.
For an exotic lunch serve a Gruyere cheese sandwich sprinkled with truffle salt and accompanied by some home-made fig jam.
Black truffle salt can also be used in a number of recipes that will enhance the simplest of dishes. These include pasta, scrambled eggs and much more.
Deviled Eggs with Truffle Salt are hand harvested from where they grow underground in Europe, mostly France and Italy and the farmers use pigs to search them out because they have a very good sense of smell. Dogs can also be specially trained to dig out truffles as well. Sometimes the pigs will eat the truffles they find before they can be harvested which is why they are so rare and sought-after. Female pigs are used as they find this process comes naturally but the truffles contain a compound similar to the sex hormone found in the boar’s saliva which is used to attract the sow which is why the females tend to eat them.
Even if you never taste a real truffle in your life you can achieve the gourmet experience by buying black truffle salt. This can be done in your own home without having to go to a top class restaurant and pay for the privilege.
Hard boil as many eggs as you need bearing in mind they will be in halves. When cold scoop out the yolks and mix them in a bowl with 1 tsp horseradish, 1/2 tsp black truffle salt and 3 tbsp. of soft butter, add a splash of white wine vinegar and mash the mixture together before putting some in each of the half egg whites. Serve cold.
Scrambled eggs with truffle salt and chives
Scramble the eggs in the normal way making sure you beat them until frothy then add two pinches of truffle salt and some chopped chives. Mix them in well and serve hot.
Pasta with truffle salt
Cook the pasta in boiling water adding a tablespoon of olive oil. Do not add the truffle salt to the boiling water as you will lose the flavor. Drain the pasta and put in a bowl, add the black truffle salt and a nob of butter and mix it in well. Serve hot without any grated cheese as the taste of the cheese will detract from the unique taste of the truffle salt.
Sprinkle the truffle salt over a mushroom risotto and it will give your meal an intense aromatic taste.
As you can see you can add this very special salt to any dish and make it unique. But it is not just savory dishes it can be used for. Home-made chocolate caramels are even more delicious when you mix in truffle salt as is a really exotic combination.
Black truffle salt popcorn is also delicious, once you have tried it you will never want to eat any other kind of popcorn.
Truffles have been found to be one of the healthiest foods to eat and by using black truffle salt on a regular basis you will gain the benefits found in truffles. It is full of nutrition as real truffles are used in the process and it is especially good for vegetarians who do not eat meat. Truffle salt also provides a good source of protein and is low in fat. It is also a good source of protein.
Truffle salt should be used sparingly as it is more expensive than other sea salts and has a stronger taste and smell so a little goes a long way to enhance a dish. Use it all year round to give your food that unique, earthy truffle flavor. Add it to risotto or when you are marinating a steak. When you are giving a barbecue sprinkle some on each burger and tell your guests not to smother it with sauce.
Add it to your boiled egg or on your buttered bread soldiers used to dip in your egg and you will be amazed at the difference.
Black truffles are not just used to create salt, there is also truffle honey which is the ultimate in decadence.
You can see why black truffle salt should be a permanent item on your shopping list. Store it in an airtight glass jar in a cupboard where the smell cannot taint other items as the aroma is quite strong and it should be kept dry.