The ultra-rich, succulent flavor of black truffle salt makes it a definite must-have on your culinary list. Made of Pacific Ocean Sea Salt, this salty treat elevates simple baked dishes to gastronomic marvels. This is the real thing in delicious snacks and desserts. For best results, let the truffle-flavored table be your buffet table. Treat your taste buds to the ultimate truffle treat.
Truffles are a product of the forest of the sylvan trees that dot the Italian countryside. It is rumored (but not proven) that the trees bear little seeds that are the source of the truffle's addictive sweetness. The first truffles were created using a mixture of almonds and annatto, an Italian blend of black pepper and tomato sauce, however, the tasty treat we now know as truffle has its roots in Italy's Alps. In order to bring out the true flavor of the truffle, it is better to use unsalted, dry white truffles that are made without the addition of any seasonings.
To make the most of truffle-infused food items, season them with fresh herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season your pasta and salads with the same techniques. Fresh garlic gives the pasta a subtle, rich flavor and is great for salads. Lemon juice brings out the flavor of most vegetables and fruit but is especially effective when paired with black truffle sea salt for a salty, intense flavor. Season salads with cilantro and carrot juice and serve pasta and tuna salad on their own, or accompany them with freshly baked veggies and bread.
You can also make a classic summertime dessert with a black truffle sea salt crust. Combine crushed nuts and flat-leaf sea salt in a bowl and mix until completely combined. Spread the mixture into two bowls and top with chocolate chip cookies, lemon meringue pie, or white Chocolate Shrimp. Make sure to include a few dollops of the earthy spice mixture on the bottom of each. Place the cookies in the center of each bowl and freeze for about 1 hour before serving.
There are many other uses for black truffle salt and it's worth getting creative. Salted candles are a fun alternative to using real candle wax. A bit of black truffle salt is added to a glass jar, placed inside a dark ceramic can, and then placed inside a lit flame. Once the candle is lighted, watch the beautiful dancing design that forms as the candle burns down. It is a truly beautiful way to incorporate a little something extra into your usual holiday festivities.
Another way to utilize the earthy flavor of this salty product is in the creation of a wide range of Italian black truffle snacks and pastries. If you have truffle in your kitchen, consider how you can use it to improve the flavor of your cooking. For example, you can buy Italian black truffle salt from a retailer and grind it up to create your own Italian bread. This not only improves the flavor, but it makes the bread stronger because it retains more of the original flavor of the truffle. The downside to this is that it takes longer to prepare than using regular table salt.
Other Italian dishes that can be enhanced by Italian black truffle salt include meatballs and sausages, Italian gelato, and even lasagna. Even when paired with cheese, the earthy flavor of black truffle salt produces an interesting contrast that enhances the ingredients without overpowering them. Salads are another possibility, instead of using mayonnaise or other high-calorie substitutes, substitute for black truffle salt on top of your salad greens, adding a little flavor as you go. You might also enjoy the black truffle chips on your pasta, while you're at it, make sure to dip your bread in a bit of this salty paste before finishing your meal.
For dessert, the classic Italian chocolate truffle is a welcome addition to your menu. It pairs beautifully with fresh strawberries or berries, which is what you'll usually end up eating with it, as it also has a somewhat chewy texture that makes it a good snack for late in the day. Try pairing this with some low-calorie whipped topping or a plain vanilla cake. Also, think about sprinkling some coarsely ground coffee on top of the cake as a contrasting element. In short, black truffle salt adds interest and variety to your Italian summer diet.