Truffle salt is quite simply a new concoction made from pieces of black or white truffles wrapped in paper. While still tightly sealed in an air-tight container, the resulting black truffle salt permeates through the actual salt, giving it that earthy, nutty truffle taste we all know and love, all without the heaviness we usually associate with this salty treat. If you've never had this fabulous salt before, then it's time to try a few sample spoons of it around your favorite meals.
Here's how it goes down:
Italian sausage makes delicious food, but not necessarily great food. Sausage is rich in fat, sodium, protein, and iron, and any dish that calls for sausage needs an accompanying salty accent. That's where truffle oil comes in. Toss some Italian sausage in a vinaigrette dress with olive oil and some garlic before serving, or top with truffles for a breakfast treat that'll keep you coming back for more.
Garlic if there's one thing that defines Italian cuisine, it's the garlic. From sausages to pasta to lasagna, garlic's aroma and the flavor are as unmistakable as pasta's. Spread some on top of your pasta as a garlic dip, or sprinkle it over a salad as a vinaigrette dressing the aroma will linger in your senses long after the food is cooked.
Truffles are another popular truffle addition to an Italian dish, and these soft little balls make for a scrumptious treat that goes beyond the classic oregano and basil preparation. Spread them onto truffles, or use them as a topping for chocolate truffles or orange truffles. Their delicate flavor and texture make them the ideal partner to tomato, onion, and mushroom recipes.
Sea Salt there's something about the smell of sea salt. It seems to have a slightly sweetish nature, which is why many people like to incorporate it into their Italian meals. If sea salt isn't readily available at your supermarket, look for a fine alternative such as Celtic sea salt (also known as Navel salt). This fine salt goes great in seafood dishes, especially salmon, trout, sturgeon, shellfish, and crab.
Black Summer Truffles like truffles, black summer truffles also go well as accessories to Italian recipes. Because they're made with a blend of fruits, herbs, and spices, including lemon juice, rosemary, and coriander, black summer truffles are rich and hearty. You can find these delicious treats in specialty truffle stores or any place that specializes in confections.
Cacao Tree Powder perhaps you've tried this classic ingredient when making chocolate truffles, or even a vanilla truffle? Cacao bark is rich in flavor. Like truffles, they go well with seafood, chicken, steak, and vegetable dishes. The natural, earthy flavor of the cacao bean is easily masked by the flavors of chocolate, cream, vanilla, and nuts, which makes this a great substitute for the real thing. Look for large bags of the dried fruit at your local grocery store or online.
Powder For Fondue a combination of black summer truffles and a hint of cayenne pepper gives this salty, earthy finishing salt an extra kick of flavor. Used in combination with other seasonings, the cayenne powder will add depth to your meals and give you a kick of healthy energy. To use it, just sprinkle on top of your hot, finished foods before serving. It'll give you a bite from a different season and bring out the true taste of truffles.
Cacao Powder this is the real stuff. If you're a true connoisseur of truffle salts, then you know that this is the one to use. Cayenne and vanilla together create a sensational aroma that has a very pronounced chocolate essence. Used sparingly, it enhances the flavor of many foods, particularly desserts.
Pros and Cons Pros Although truffle salt is a familiar name brand product, the question of whether or not to use it remains unanswered. Most purists will tell you that you should only use it on very small truffles and that the large, box-shaped disks are more appropriate for use in sauces and soups. Others argue that the huge bags of dry truffle salt are a poor substitute and that they do not last long. If you're uncertain about which one to use, remember that the classic Italian bag of truffle salt comes in two sizes small and large.
Using it sparingly is also a good idea, especially when used sparingly because the slight aroma is almost imperceptible. If you're hoping to enjoy the full black truffle salt flavor as it develops and spreads throughout your food, though, you'll want to use it liberally, as the aroma will be more pronounced. In either case, remember that the aroma and taste of truffle salt come from the wood chips that make up the base of the crystal salt crystals.