White Truffle: the Festive menu

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It’s the end of the year and, sadly, nearly the end of the season for White Winter Truffles. We are still able to offer you these delicacies for another few weeks, so why not making the most of it introducing a special dish to your festive menus?

 

We love our guests’ wide open eyes when we bring the precious gem to the table and slice it right in front of them. It’s a celebration of senses, of the here and now – it’s bringing conviviality to another level, a way to make your guests feeling special.

 

White Truffle: the Festive menu

 

We picked our favourite recipes from the best restaurants around and put together THE white truffle menu – we thought this could give you good inspiration on how to amuse your invitees. Of course with so much choice around the possibilities were endless, but somebody had to do the hard job of browsing each and every great restaurant’s menu!

 

Here’re our choices – get inspired.

 

The Festive Menu

 

Starter by the Orrery, London

Poached Lobster, Champagne velouté, white truffle

 

 

Main Course by Culina Restaurant, Beverly Hills

Agnolotti with braised rabbit, white truffle and leeks

 

 

Dessert by Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

Araguani chocolate moelleux. White truffle, caramelized pears, Tonka bean ice cream

 

agnolotti Poached Lobster, Champagne velouté, white truffle

 

A very special Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year from us all!

 

 

 

How to use: Truffle Honey

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Fresh Truffles have a strict hunting calendar, which – following the biological life cycle of the fungi – states with precision when each variety can be foraged. This also means that, every year, a few impatient hunters are fined thousands of euros for being caught red-handed in the woods ahead of time.

Out-of-season truffles are often of poor quality, not having had the time to develop their aroma, and negatively affect future crops as the spores don’t have time to mature and spread to generate the next truffle generation.

 

So, what to do when it’s not truffle time? Fortunately, there are many methods to preserve truffles: in oil, butter or added to cheese, dried, frozen or in paste. One of the most delicious ways is Truffle Honey: our own sweet-and-earthy blend of honey and summer truffles. How to use it, though? Here’s some inspiration.

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Cheese

The easiest way to enjoy truffle honey is by making it part of a majestic cheeseboard. Aged and salty cheeses like Pecorino and Parmigiano and blue cheeses like Stilton and Gorgonzola are beautifully paired with truffle honey. Make your cheeseboard extra-fancy with dried figs, apples and apricots, add toasted pecans and artisan crusty bread, and dive in guilty pleasure.

 

 

Oozing goodness 

Elevate your baked Camembert by drizzling it with truffle honey just after taking it out of the oven, then serve with almonds, slices of pear and as much bread as you can handle.

Tip: does your Camembert curdle in the oven? Use a type from non-pasteurised milk – it melts perfectly.

 

 

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Mix together truffle honey, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to create a tangy sauce for potatoes, pork or chicken.

 

 

French twist

Use it in a truffle honey beurre blanc sauce and pour it over halibut fillets (here is a version with chanterelles from Food52, just swap regular honey for truffle honey).

 

 

Glazing poultry

Simply brush truffle honey over the skin of thyme and garlic chicken, or on the top of duck breast with apples and juniper. Stick in the oven and repeat the procedure as necessary.

 

 

Easy cheesy canapés 

Try drizzling truffle honey on crostini with blue cheese and grapes, goat cheese and beetroot (add a pinch of colour with some micro cress), or ricotta with lemon zest topped with pea shoots.

 

 

 

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Love Truffle Honey? Simply curious about it? Get it now, or treat somebody with a Truffle Marinade gift box.

 

 

The Ultimate Four-Course Summer Truffle Menu

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The Ultimate Summer Truffle Menu

 

 

We can’t stress it enough – the bountiful Summer Truffle is the perfect training ground for truffle newbies, and the all-is-permitted zone for who already knows his way around Tubers.

 

Its abundance implicates gentler prices than its winter cousins, while the earthy-yet-not-overpowering aroma means it can be paired fairly easily – so you can let the imagination run free when you have summer truffles in your kitchen.

 

To give you an idea of their versatility, we searched through hundreds of recipes to create the perfect summer truffle menu.

 


 

(note: you can use either Black Summer Truffle or Black Winter Truffles in these recipes, depending on the season)

 

Start off with this beautiful Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Black Summer Truffle, by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.

 

You can then go the Italian way and have a first starchy and comforting main course made of Pan-Seared Potato Gnocchi with Buerre Noisette, Black Summer Truffle and Provolone (by Joseph Hafner at James Beard Foundation), or keep it international and use the gnocchi to accompany the second meaty main course, this gorgeously juicy Roast Magret Duck Breasts with Shaved Black Truffles (Epicurious, photo: Pornchai Mittongtare).

TIPS.
If you are short of time, use good quality ready-made gnocchi for your recipe.
Provolone not in sight? Parmesan always do, but also a tender Caciotta cheese will work miracles here – just use a coarse grater.

 

Sweet tooth? We’ve got that covered, too. As weird as it may sounds, here’s a Burnt Cream with Black Truffles you won’t regret giving a try (Saveur, photo: Christopher Hirsheimer).

TIP. If you don’t have a blowtorch available don’t skip the burning part as it really adds another layer of flavour. Just sprinkle with sugar and place the custards under the oven grill for a couple of minutes, leaving the door slightly open and checking frequently. When melted and browned, remember allow the time for the sugar to set.

 


 

We hope you’ll like our menu – if you want to recreate it, you can find Summer Truffles, Black Winter Truffles, truffled Caciotta cheese and Truffoil in our online store!

 

 

Seasonal Greens and Summer Truffles – Top summer recipes

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Seasonal, greens and good for you are three of the leading culinary trends. Fabulously flavoursome it’s not even a trend – it’s just the reason why we love eating. We have joined them together in this little compendium of springy earthiness.

 

 

 

With the last crop of British asparagus being harvested in these days it would be a sin not to take advantage of the last sprouts of the season.

An easy take on a classical is steamed asparagus with poached eggs and truffle shavings – keep it simple or follow Mark Jordan’s fancy Asparagus spears with truffle, poached free-range duck egg, hollandaise sauce and Parmesan crisps recipe.

You can go vegan with this Grilled asparagus with sorrel and shaved black truffles, from Karen Martini.

If you got caught in a summer storm and need something more comforting, try a simple asparagus velouté, laced with single cream (just a little drop, you don’t want to cover the asparagus flavour) and topped with grated black truffle. Here a good (and utterly beautiful) version from Zen Can Cook.

 

 

Summer truffles are a great match for peas, broad beans, fava beans etc. Sure, one could use the frozen version, but if you ever tasted the buttery, earthy sweetness of peas-out-of-the-pod, you know the difference.

Arne & Claudia, from Food with a View, mix fresh fava beans with a fresh truffle pesto, which will come in handy in many more recipes.

They also make the best early summer picnic treat with this Frittata with wrinkled peas and summer truffle’s butter de luxe, which is the most civilised take on the Neapolitan classic beach food “Frittata di maccheroni” that we have ever seen.

Just remember that you can always prepare a risotto with fresh peas (half whole, half pureed) and summer truffle – and add your favourite choice between lobster meat, scallops or seared cubes of foie gras marinated in Cognac.

Oh, well, are you salivating enough? You can get your fresh Summer Truffles here!

 

 

Summer Truffles Hunting & How to make a good Black Truffle Risotto

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Warmer days, green leaves, first walks in the woods. Summer Truffle (Tuber Aestivum) season opens tomorrow – our dogs are ready for the hunt, swinging tails and quivering noses.

While we wait for them to spot the first truffles, here is a recipe to keep you salivating!

 


(note: this recipes calls for Black Truffles – you can use either Black Summer Truffle or Black Winter Truffles, depending on the season)

Risotto with black truffle and parmesan

 

I know, this sounds pretty basic – but let’s be honest – there’s nothing better than a simple and classic dish made with the best ingredients you can find. It’s not about the complexity of the recipe, but the harmonic meeting of a few great quality ingredients that combine together to put a little taste of heaven in every mouthful.

Also, it’s important to know the basics – making a risotto it is not that simple as we’ve been told. Nothing scary, just a few tips to follow so you end up with the perfect al dente rice, creamy without drowning it in cream.

First of all, get a small blonde onion, or – even better – a shallot. Slice it as thinly as you can and slowly fry it with a dollop of good quality butter until translucent. Add the rice (Carnaroli or Vialone Nano are our recommendations for risotto, make sure you’ll get the best rice you can find – it really makes the difference) and – THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT PART – toast it. Yes, add the rice to the onion and butter and stir with a wooden spoon over medium-heath for 2-3 minutes, until all grains are shiny. Toasting the rice you are basically caramelising it with butter, closing the pores and allowing the grains to maintain their shape and texture.

After this crucial part, start adding a spoonful of vegetable stock at time, adding the next one only once the liquid has been almost completely absorbed. Keep stirring. 3 minutes before the cooking time, add the grated Fresh Black Truffle.

Once the risotto is done, close the fire, add a good dollop of butter, a generous sprinkle of Parmesan, stir briefly and cover. This helps the risotto assuming the creamy texture we all love. After a couple of minutes stir for the last time and serve – if you like – with some shavings of Parmesan and Black Truffle!

 

Ingredients – 2 people

170g rice
1l vegetable stock
30g Black Truffle
30g of shallot or blonde onion (no need to be very precise)
Butter
Parmesan

Top 3 Truffle Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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Love is all over the place. Red hearts, long stem roses, dedicated menus – wait – dedicated menus? Why squeezing yourselves in a room with fifty strangers cuddling up, when you can prepare the perfect intimate dinner exactly how you want it? Your music, your menu, your décor, your space.

Truffles elevate the simplest dish, so no need to complicate life – here’s our selection of recipes featuring the king of the season: Black Winter Truffle.

 

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The perfect sharing, no-fuss, indulging, sensual dish? This amazing cheese fondue with Black Truffle.

Tips

  • Add some Taleggio for an extra layer of flavour.
  • Fontina cheese not readily available? Try a tested blend of Gruyere, Emmental and Mild Cheddar instead.
  • Elizabeth Minchilli brings truffle fondue to another level – simply pouring it over freshly made gnocchi.

 

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Do you need a hyper-easy but effective dish, which pairs two of the most luscious food in a heavenly bite? These Black Truffle scallops from Omnivore’s Cookbook are as simple as they are pretty!

 

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For the poshest crostino, top a slice of crusty bread with some foie gras and liberally add slivers of Black Truffles, as Eric Ripert suggests.

Thinking of going full-on meaty? Swap bread for beef fillet to make a classic and highly satisfying Tournedos Rossini topped with Black Truffles, from Foodista.

 


 

Buy Fresh Black Winter Truffles, this week’s price from £21.50 for 50g

Buy Black Truffle Butter, from £3.50 for 125g


 

 

Still unsure about your Valentine’s gift? Give (or ask for!) a Truffle Gift Box!

 

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