5 more ways to Use Truffle Oil in Kitchen
Cooking is an ongoing practice that allows you to develop and refine your skills over time. The hours you spend in the kitchen will produce gorgeous dishes, as well as refine your collection of “go-to” recipes. It can be exciting to find your staples but it is also important to mix things up periodically with newer recipes or techniques so that even your most-used recipes remain fresh and exciting.
What is Truffle Oil?
Truffle oil gets its name from the process used to create it. Truffle oil starts with a neutral base like sunflower, grapeseed or olive oil to act as a carrier for the desired flavor. Flavoring agents are then integrated with the base oil to draw out a rich taste—in this case, truffles.
Truffles are mushrooms that grow underground, and their scarcity and unique flavor make them a fine-dining delicacy. The flavor is complex and intense, adding character to a wide variety of dishes.
Here are 5 more ways use Truffle Oil in the Kitchen?
- With Mashed Potato:
A truffle mash is an easy way to add truffle oil to potatoes cooked any other way. After mashing your potatoes, stir in some of the truffle oil and Parmesan cheese. Then top with freshly chopped chives.
- Over Garlic Bread:
Try a little truffle oil on this delicious garlic bread or on any bruschetta.
- With French Fries:
Like pizza, french fries make delectable comfort food. Both homemade and store-bought fries can benefit from some add-ons. Cheese, bacon or ketchup are common toppings for french fries, but truffle oil makes an elegant alternative to those. When your fries are finished cooking, top them with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt and a tablespoon or two of truffle oil. These fries surpass traditional diner fare and pair well with elegant toasted sandwiches and soups. With toppings this delicious, you may even want to make truffle fries your entree!
- Over Soup:
Soups with a focused flavor profile are simple and elegant. The most common examples of these soups include cauliflower, potato and onion, and mushroom soups. These dishes have minimal ingredients for a rich, concentrated flavor. Truffle oil adds depth to a well-crafted soup, which can further enhance its richness and warmth. Remember to add a small amount of truffle oil to the soup right before you serve to preserve its flavor.
- In Hummus:
Hummus, a spread made from chickpeas and tahini, can be served for game day or for dinner parties. Its unique flavor comes from its ingredients—chickpeas and tahini in particular. Different types of hummus may also incorporate garlic or roasted red pepper for added flavor. To take your dip to the next level, mix some truffle oil into your hummus. Whether the hummus is store-bought or homemade, a few teaspoons mixed in and a drizzle on top can complement the existing flavors. Keep your hummus room temperature or refrigerated to preserve the truffle flavors longer. Serve with your favorite pita or blue corn chips to enjoy a classic dip with a classy twist.