Looking for an update to your Friday night menu? Fresh truffle season is in full swing, with aromatic white truffles from Italy and black truffles from France flown in every week (and flying off our shelves!). These amazing mushrooms are easy to incorporate to any dish – slice and add! Don’t believe us? We found three great truffle recipes to make this winter more delicious. Invite friends over, grab a great bottle of wine, and get ready to enjoy those long winter nights with good company and delicious food.
OUR FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE APPETIZER: RISOTTO
Comfort food at its best, risotto gets some serious upgrade to first class when you add truffle shavings. We loved that in this fresh truffle recipe by Fred of Delicious Tapas (www.delicioustapas.blogspot.com) reinvented the usual hearty (and heavy) risotto dish as a tapas, meaning a small, appetizer-sized portion. It gives you the opportunity to get a taste of the dish, without the moaning and groaning (and guilt!) that comes after eating a very heavy meal. The truffles are sliced paper thin and then added at the end of the preparation, where the heat and steam of the risotto brings out the aroma and flavor. Although Fred uses black truffles, you can easily substitute for fresh white truffles for a more intense garlicky aroma. Serve this as a fresh truffle appetizer at your next dinner party or alongside some other small dishes as a tapas meal.
Get the recipe! > Truffle Risotto
FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE ENTREE: LAMB RAGU PAPPARDELLE
When the weather turns chilly and we want a rich, filling dish that will carry put some warmth in our bones, we turn to this fantastic Lamb Ragu Papperdelle with fresh truffle shavings by Noms & Rambles (http://www.NomsandRambles.net). This is the perfect winter truffle recipe, combining tender, fall-of-the-bones roasted lamb with colorful (and healthy) vegetables, a flavorful Napoli tomato sauce and lots of aromatic herbs and spices. The fresh truffle shavings give this otherwise rustic “country” dish an indulgent and luxurious final touch. Perfect for a large gathering, make enough for leftovers; this dish demands seconds!
Get the recipe! Lamb Ragu Pappardelle With Fresh Black Truffles
FAVORITE FRESH TRUFFLE SNACK: TRUFFLED PIZZA
The plainest and most commonplace dish goes from dull to deluxe when you use the right ingredients and some imagination. Start with a simple thin crust pizza dough, then layer up delicious fresh mozzarella (from real buffalo milk), a bit of truffled cheese, sweet Prosciutto di Parma ham, a bit of truffle oil, and finish up with thin slice of fresh truffle (white or black, your choice). Unlike chewy doughy crusts, a thin crust allows you to actually taste the great ingredients you’re using. This sophisticated fresh truffle recipe for pizza is ready in minutes (make the dough ahead and freeze) and will become your go-to dish for a glamorous pizza party.
Get the recipe! Prosciutto & Mozzarella With Truffles Thin Crust Pizza