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!

 

 

Win an Italian Truffle Christmas Hamper

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Promo gift box aWe’re offering a little foodie heaven this Christmas for free with the chance to win a bespoke Italian Truffle Hamper through our prize draw.  Worth over £30, it’s your chance over the festive holiday period to revel and share with friends the taste of Italian truffles.  For the hamper we’ve specially selected:

Have a look at our Top Truffle Christmas Recipe Ideas for some of he most creative ways how to use them.

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