Truffle Salt has long been known for its delectable and heavenly flavors. The name itself has been around for ages, originating from a French word that means "hidden". And no wonder since the truffle is such a small, fragile stone when you crack it open, the flavor and aroma are so rich and exquisite that it's hard to even bear. While this heavenly treat should be kept in the refrigerator, most people enjoy their black truffle salt on its own. But what happens if you want to eat it while it's still fresh?
While tightly sealed in an air-tight container, the natural flavor of the truffle salt permeates right through to the outer salt, providing a deep earthy flavor to those who know and love it. Artificial truffle salt, while chemically engineered, isn't as natural, so any other extras you put in your food will be flavored with synthetic ingredients. This doesn't mean that using artificial seasoning will make a bad-tasting meal, however. In fact, some restaurants actually serve truffle salt as an ingredient in their cooking, which definitely gives it a different flavor. Just be sure to use organic or wild-ground truffle salt versus regular salt.
The two most common types of truffle salt are kosher and sea salt. Kosher salt tends to have a neutral flavor, while sea salt has a stronger flavor, mostly due to its content of minerals. Some cooks claim that sea salt is better for food because it absorbs the flavors of the ingredients better than regular salt. So it's a great option if you're looking to add a different flavor to your next meal.
In addition to their delightful flavor, these little salts can be used for a variety of cooking methods. You can use them on eggs, potatoes, rice, and bread just to name a few. The best thing about using them in these dishes is that they are also often used in the presentation of food. When creating pasta dishes, for instance, using a black truffle salt on your pasta sauce creates a more pronounced flavor and a more unique appearance. The same can be said for arranging vegetables in salads, arranging chopped mushrooms and onions alongside your favorite fresh salad leaves adds a rustic element to the dish that goes well with a cold beverage.
Another use for truffle salt is simply to add an aroma to your food. If you want to go all out, and use it for everything from bread to pasta and everything else in between, you should use the organic version. These do have a stronger aroma than the regular variety, but they still maintain a wonderful flavor and smell. And once you get used to eating Italian black truffles, you'll find that every bite starts to add that familiar earthy aroma to your body which only the seasoned can provide.
For the classic Italian flavor, try mixing chopped truffles with some olive oil or butter. Then, heat that mixture until it's a light amber color, and then add in your favorite flavorings. It's easy to get carried away with this particular technique, so take a minute to mix in some oregano and basil as well if your tastes are a bit strong. When it's all blended up, serve it over pasta and go for a high-quality dining experience. If you want a less expensive way to enjoy your Italian truffles, then you can always buy them in bulk at your local deli.
For a different twist on your Italian-inspired dishes, why not sprinkle some truffle salt on top instead? This will create a unique and innovative look, and you don't even have to use expensive salt. Sprinkle some on your salads for a unique look, or sprinkle them on top of baked potatoes as an alternative to regular butter. Using truffle salt is also a great way to get a hint of chocolate for desserts like chocolate cakes and brownies. If you're going a little out of the box, try sprinkling some on espresso beans to make a delicious coffee substitute!
These are just a few ideas for how to use truffle salt for everything from crackers to popcorn to fried eggs. With its versatility, there's no limit to what you can do with it. Don't let yourself be left behind. Spice up your cooking and treat yourself to a new twist today. Enjoy!