Add These Truffle Oils to your Kitchen for a Dash of Haute Cuisine

Laborious to forage, difficult to cultivate and in extremely short supply, it’s no wonder truffles have earned their status as a culinary delicacy.

Once described by French Gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin as “the diamond of the kitchen”, these edible fungi are characterised by an earthy pungent aroma and subtle flavour.

Predominantly used in haute cuisine across a myriad of cuisines across the globe, they can be sliced or shaven atop pasta, risotto or soups (just before eating), added to sauces or made into truffle butter just to name a few common uses.

This level of scarcity and beguiling flavour profile comes with a hefty price tag, with one bidder at the Alba White Truffle Auction in Italy reported to have paid $116,595 for a particularly well-rounded 850-gram truffle back in 2017.

Though prices can vary greatly, your average Italian White Truffle is expected to set you back around US$3400 per kilo (around A$4350) while a Winter Black Truffle will cost around US$721 (about A$922) per kilo.

In lieu of forking out the equivalent of a Porsche 911 for what we’d imagine was the most luxurious Wednesday night tagliatelle imaginable, truffle oils have emerged as a less costly alternative for those wanting to add a touch of fine-dining to their kitchen.

What is exactly is truffle oil?

Truffle oil can be made from any neutral oil namely, olive, canola or grapeseed and is generally recommended for use as a finishing element rather than part of the cooking process.

Some truffle oils contain residue of the fungi itself, however, the majority are infused with black or white truffle essence or a mixture of both.

Truffle oil is best applied sparingly, so your dish should only require a few drops — depending on the strength of the oil — to avoid overpowering the main elements on the plate.

Its notably less expensive price tag has made it a more viable alternative in recent years for those looking to bougie-up an array of staples including pizza, fries, pasta, pureed foods and dips.

Here are a few to get you started.

Ogilive’s Golden Truffle Oil

Ogilive’s fantastically over the top truffle oil doubles as both a great table piece and conversation starter.

Whether it’s the striking design or the fact that it contains real 24-carat edible gold leaf, this buy is certainly one way to, quite literally, add that sparkle to your next Italian themed dinner party.

It’s unique visual appeal and novelty aspect also make it a great gift idea.

Ogilive’s Golden Truffle Oil is priced around A$35 for a 200-millilitre bottle.

Source: Peter’s of Kensington

Urbani Truffle’s “Unico” Black Truffle Oil

Having been in the truffle game since 1852, Italian truffle aficionados Urbani are considered one of the largest distributors of fresh truffles in the world.

The company proudly affirms their product contains real truffle pieces with no artificial aromas and no preservatives, arguably making it one of the closest products to the real thing on the market.

They recommend adding a few drops of Unico truffle oil to salad, pasta, eggs, rice, fish or meat dishes for an unforgettable final touch.

Urbani’s Unico Black Truffle Oil is priced around A$57 for a 250-millilitre bottle.

Source: Urbani Truffles

Stonebarn’s Black Truffle Oil

Made from what Stonebarn says is the most expensive black truffle in the world; the premium French Perigord Black truffle, this oil is said to offer an all year round alternative to the real thing.

Stonebarn ships its truffles from its 2,000 tree truffière and luxury lodge in Manjimup Western Australia to local restaurants and internationally.

This particular bottle is also available in a matching gift box for those if you know someone that fancies themselves as an aspiring gastronomist.

Stonebarn’s Black Truffle oil is priced around A$55 for a 375 millilitre bottle.

Source: The Culinary Club

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