August 22, 2017

Truffle oil. Classy and easy. My favorite combination.


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Truffle oil is one of those snooty Foodie-sounding items but really it’s a comfort dish specialty.  The deep rich aroma of mushrooms still out in the woods, an earthiness you can’t quite place.  Best of all it combines perfectly with butter, olive oil or cream sauces.  It  adds oomph to anything it graces, turning a ho hum dish into an instant hit.

The bottle pictured above is a blend of olive oil and truffle essence and costs around $20.  Truffle oil will last you a very long time because all you need is a little bit each time.  Try D’artagnan brand white or black truffle oil.  Good stuff.

A truffle oil scenario:

It’s Wednesday night and not only are you running late but it’s your turn to put dinner on the table.

Recipe: Pasta with peas and truffle oil.

  1. Bring pot of salted water to boil.  Add one pound Orchetti, medium shells or any small scoop type of pasta.  This shape catches the sauce and peas perfectly.
  2. Pour small bag of frozen peas into large pasta serving bowl and top with 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Place in microwave 2-3 minutes to warm through.  Remove bowl to counter by stove.
  3. Using large slotted spoon or spider (Large strainer type spoon with long handle), transfer pasta to bowl with peas.
  4. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon truffle oil, sea salt and ground pepper to taste.  Toss and let rest a few minutes.  *Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  5. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan.

Trust me, whomever you are feeding with love you for it and hold you in awe.  Some red wine, bread and maybe dessert couldn’t hurt.  Be creative and try variations on this theme.

*Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.  This means that YOU are the boss.  If you like more salt add more salt, not spicy enough then add more pepper or try some red chili flake.  It’s all up to you.  This applies to any salt, spice or herb in the recipe. Always think about balance and harmony.

Tip:  Keeping a variety of interesting pastas, frozen or canned veggies, a chunk of Parmesan, sea salt and truffle oil makes this all a simple proposition.  Thinking ahead and stocking up on long lasting pantry items will save your butt every time.

Look for upcoming ideas for fast desserts.

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