A beginner’s guide to truffles: types, cheese pairings, and recipes
Mushroom truffles are a type of mushroom that is known for its unique flavor and texture. They are often used in a variety of dishes, from appetizers to desserts.
Truffles have a strong, nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. They are often used in risotto, pasta, and other dishes. They also make a great addition to salads and other cold dishes.
Usually sold dried or in jars, truffles can last up to a year when stored in an airtight container. When cooking with truffles, it’s important to use them sparingly, as the flavor can be overpowering.
Tita Italia gives you a brief guide on everything you need to know about the truffles. From its purchase to its types to its recipes, you cannot miss this read:
Types of Truffles
- Black truffles: Black truffles, also known as black diamonds, are found in the French regions of Perigord and Burgundy. They have a more subtle and earthy flavor than white truffles.
- White truffles: White truffles are the most prized type of truffles found mainly in the Piedmont region of Italy. They are highly aromatic and have a pungent garlicky flavor.
- Summer truffles: Fresh Italian Summer truffles are found in the summer months in Italy, France, and Spain. They have a milder flavor than white or black truffles and are usually used to garnish dishes.
- Winter truffles: Winter truffles are found in the winter months in Italy and France. They have a strong, earthy flavor and are used in many recipes.
- Chinese truffles: Chinese truffles are found in the Yunnan province of China. They have a milder, nutty flavor and are used in Chinese and Japanese cooking.
The ideal cheeses to pair your truffles with:
Cheese is the perfect accompaniment to fresh truffles. A creamy, nutty cheese like gruyere or parmesan pairs particularly well with the earthy, pungent flavor of the truffles. Other good pairings include gouda, brie, manchego, and blue cheese. Serve the cheese with thin slices of truffle or grated truffle and plenty of crusty bread or crackers.
- Parmigiano Reggiano - The nutty and savory flavors of Parmigiano Reggiano will pair wonderfully with the earthy, luxurious taste of truffles.
- Brie - The creamy texture of Brie and Black Truffle Cream will be the perfect complement to the intense flavors of truffle oil.
- Pecorino Romano - Cream with Pecorino Romano PDO and Black Truffle, able to enhance any dish due to its strong flavour.
- Gorgonzola - Gorgonzola PDO & Black Truffle Cream’s sharp, pungent flavor will be balanced perfectly by the earthy notes of truffles.
Most Famous Italian Truffles Recipes:
-2 cups Potato Gnocchi
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1/2 cup black truffle, grated
-1 tablespoon minced garlic
-1/4 cup chopped parsley
-2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
-Salt and pepper, to taste
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook for about 3 minutes or until they are cooked through. Drain the gnocchi and set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the black truffle and cook for 1 minute. Add the cooked gnocchi to the skillet and toss to coat. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the gnocchi is golden and crispy. Add the parsley and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
-1 package of Tagliolini Egg Pasta Nests with Black Truffle
-1/4 cup butter
-1/4 cup white truffle oil
-Salt and pepper, to taste
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4 cup white wine
-1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
-1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the taglierini according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the white truffle oil, salt and pepper and white wine. Simmer for 2 minutes. Add the cooked taglierini and toss to combine. Remove from heat and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve hot. Enjoy!
Best Truffle Snacks
Our oven-cooked Truffle Pistachios seasoned with Salt, Summer Truffle powder and Aroma are the ideal truffle snack you must try, These nutty and flavorful will surely become your favorite evening snacks.
Want more tips?
Purchase or harvest truffle mushrooms: Truffles are rare and expensive, so purchasing them from a trusted source is best. If you are lucky enough to find them in the wild, make sure to pick only the ones that are properly identified and in good condition.
Clean the truffles: Use a soft brush and warm water to remove any dirt or debris from the truffles gently. Be careful not to damage the delicate skin.
Slice the truffles: Slice the mushrooms thinly and evenly to ensure even cooking.
Cook the truffles: Truffles can be cooked in a variety of ways, including roasting, sautéing, and grilling. Be sure to add a bit of butter or oil to the pan to prevent them from sticking.
Serving: Truffles can be served as a main dish, a side dish, or even a garnish. They are delicious when served with eggs, pasta, risotto, or grilled meats.
Storage: Truffles should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.