Truffle Oil

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Truffle Oil History

Commercial production of truffle oil is an 20th century phenomena but Italians have been infusing oil with wild truffles for decades. Truffle oil has become increasing popular in the U.S. as it has been adopted by professional and home chefs.

How To Select And Buy Truffle Oil

Purchase truffle oil at gourmet shops or the gourmet section of well-stocked grocery stores.

There is no way to just look at a truffle oil and predict the quality. Purchase from a reliable source and price will be the best indication of quality. 

How To Store

The aroma of the truffle oil will eventually dissipate so the best defense is to buy in small amounts and plan to use it within a couple of months once opened. Unopened, truffle oil should last 6 months up to 1 year, in a cool, dark cupboard or refrigerate. Refrigeration my cause the oil to cloud but it wont affect usability.

Featured Truffle Oil Recipe

White Truffle Polenta

Ingredients
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 ounces fresh crimini mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
  • 1 tablespoon white truffle oil
Instructions

Spray 8x8x2-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; stir until beginning to brown, about 30 seconds. Add all mushrooms; sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth; bring to boil. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to medium and cook until polenta is tender and mixture is very thick, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.

Stir in truffle oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to prepared pan, spreading evenly. Press plastic wrap onto surface of polenta. 

Refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Truffle Shaver

truffle or chocolate shaver

Truffle shaver (slicer), made in Italy. Truffles are so expensive you don't want to waste a bit but thankfully a little bit of truffle goes a long way.  Use a high-quality adjustable stainless steel tool adjusts for fine shavings. And, the tool also makes a terrific chocolate curler too. A must for your truffle arsenal.  

Where To Buy Truffle Oil

Truffle oil is available in well-stocked grocery stores and specialty gourmet shops.  Most Whole Foods stores stock the oil or you can purchase it online at Dean and Deluca, or even Amazon.com

author

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.