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Friday, September 5, 2008

Try something new: Truffle oil

Meet my new best friend – truffle oil. It sure deserves a red carpet (or table runner). A few drops of this oil and you are in heaven. I keep myself from putting it in or on everything I eat. I want to put it in my coffee! But coffee and truffle oil don’t really go well together. Bummer.

A drizzle of this oil in dishes like soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, etc, just before serving, will upgrade your status from an average home cook/host to the next genius chef, or at least the next Iron chef, or something like that.

Use it carefully, it is very powerful and aromatic (and a bit expensive). A little goes a looonng way. Its flavor is sophisticated and not everyone likes it, so don’t waste it on people who don’t appreciate it.

For some reason, the combination of eggs and truffle oil works like magic. I like to use it in a sandwich – see recipe below.

Heavenly sandwich

2 slices of your favorite bread
Butter, optional
1 teaspoon truffle oil
1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
2 slices Mortadella (or you favorite deli meat)
¼ avocado, sliced
Arugula leaves, optional
Tomato, thinly sliced, optional
Salt and black pepper

Spread a little butter on both bread slices and drizzle truffle oil. Arrange all other ingredients in layers. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Close your eyes and take a bite. Or take a bite and then close your eyes.
Does it feel like heaven or not?!


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