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Food pairing with truffles - the journey begins here.

Updated: May 2


What foods pair well with truffles?

Over summer we have been researching the foods that pair well with truffles; it has been a fascinating journey. The initial curiosity and then work of Heston Blumenthal and people like Peter Coucquyt, Bernard Lahousse, Johan Langenbick and James Briscone has been ground breaking. The advances that have been made in food science including the areas of coffee and wine has pushed the appreciation of foods to amazing levels. But what does it mean for the most glorious of ingredients, our truffles?


Over the course of truffle season 2023 we posted three key blog posts which together give a deep understanding of the science and art of food paring with Australian black winter truffles. For centuries, chefs have been playing matchmaker between truffles and traditional ingredients, but it's time to shake things up! Thanks to science, we now know why truffles and these ingredients are a match made in heaven, but we're not content with just following tradition. We're on a mission to find new and surprising ingredients to pair with truffles and take your taste buds on a ride. Whether you're a seasoned truffle connoisseur or a curious home cook the posts we have put together will be of interest to you. They include the following:





For an example of the new and exciting flavor combinations possible, have a look at the recipe we found below. It's a truffle indulgence exploring new and exciting flavor combinations. As many chefs know, winter truffles have a natural affinity for seafood, but did you know they also pair with fruits like bananas and mangoes? Imagine the possibilities!


We hope you enjoy the posts above and the recipe below. Share your experience in the comments below if you try it. Enjoy!


Mango Truffle Lobster Salad


Ingredients:

2 lobsters, about 600g each

2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced

2 tablespoons truffle oil (recipe here) ( we suggest you refrigerate it and don't keep the steeped infusion more than a week or two)

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

2 tablespoons truffle shavings (or more, it depends on you)


Instructions:

  1. Remove the meat from the lobsters, chop it into bite-size pieces and put it in a large mixing bowl.

  2. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the truffle oil, honey, lime juice, coriander, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

  3. Add the diced mangoes to the lobster meat, pour the dressing over the top and toss everything together.

  4. Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to let the flavours meld.

  5. When ready to serve, divide the salad between plates, and top each plate with a sprinkle of truffle shavings.


Serve the salad as a light main course, or as a starter or a side dish. The mango gives a sweet and juicy contrast to the rich and earthy truffle, and the lobster adds a delicate and succulent seafood flavour. The truffle oil and the truffle shavings give the dish a strong truffle aroma, and the lime juice, coriander, and the red pepper flakes balance the flavours and add a bit of a tang and a bit of a heat. Its all there.




Truffles for Valentine's day.


Highlights

  • Harvests of the while Alba have finished, (though there may a surprise next week with some availability, stay tuned).

  • Summer truffles are available now

  • Harvests of the black Perigord truffles are rising to Valentine's day.


The white Alba truffle

None available.


The black Perigord truffle

The difference between truffle prices across our capital cities continues. In Brisbane you should be able to get truffle between $2.60 and $3.00 depending on size and grade. In Sydney it remains between $3 and $4.


Summer truffles

For a bit of variety, in Sydney expect to pay around $1.50 depending on grade and size.


Where to buy truffles in Sydney and Brisbane?

Name

State

Phone

Sydney

02 9363 0775

Sydney

0403 959 158

Truffles of Australia *

Brisbane

0421 077 705

Sydney

*Orders are currently being taken for St Valentine's Day


2 Comments


Hi Carmine, some interesting articles over the last few posts. One question that came to mind when reading the recipes, and more specifically the hot steep truffle oil recipe, was at what temperature can you heat truffles before you start to lose flavour? The oil recipe uses 54°C but I've seen recipes for baked chicken with truffle under the skin cooked at 160'C. Are you aware of any literature looking into this in any detail?

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Carmine Di Campli
Carmine Di Campli
Feb 09, 2023
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Hi Adam, thanks for your question . When making a truffle oil, it’s always a fine balance. You want those volatiles to transfer but you don’t want to lose to many into the air. Fats will absorb volatile compounds naturally, raising the temperature of the oil just a bit quickens the process with out loosing too many in the process. Hope that helps. Carmine

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