Is there anything more indulgent than the rich taste of truffle oil? While often a mainstay of restaurant cuisine, this ingredient is not exclusive to the menus of your favorite eateries. You can utilize the oil in your own kitchen in ways that stretch far beyond a plate of truffle fries. It turns out that the ingredient is much more versatile than you might think.
Stir it into a fondue, dress up a side of potatoes, elevate a homemade pizza, and take your pasta to the next level. Though it usually does not act as the main ingredient, this fragrant oil will upgrade an ordinary offering into a mouthwatering culinary experience. Pick up a bottle from the grocery store and try your hand at one of these truffle oil recipes—you'll be glad you did.
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Smokey Three Cheese Fondue
The Recipe: Cheese lovers, rejoice. This fondue recipe calls for 24 ounces of cheese, including smoked gouda, Gruyère, and swiss. Pair the cheesy creation with crispy croissants or create a spread of fresh fruit, veggies, and seared meats.
The Truffle Upgrade: Combine wine, brandy, and a splash of truffle oil in a fondue pot before adding the cheese for a decadent first course.
Truffled Deviled Eggs with Crème Fraîche
The Recipe: These deviled eggs call for crème fraîche, homemade mayonnaise, dijon mustard, truffle oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, and black truffle salt. Make this classic appetizer even more sumptuous with a sustainably farmed black caviar topping.
The Truffle Upgrade: Add a teaspoon of white truffle oil to the egg yolk filling. For even more truffle flavor, top the deviled eggs with black truffle shavings.
Brie Stuffed Crispy Baby Potatoes
The Recipe: Make these baby potatoes as an impressive starter or side. They're stuffed with soft brie cheese and drizzled with thyme-infused garlic butter, and you can easily make them ahead of time if you're planning an event.
The Truffle Upgrade: Just before serving, sprinkle on a few drops of truffle oil and a pinch of fried sage leaves.
Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with Kale Pesto
The Recipe: For a decadent side or a lighter entré, whip up this cheesy cauliflower soup. Combine onions, broth, and cauliflower in a Dutch oven before pureeing the mixture in a blender and adding cheese. Top the soup with homemade croutons and a kale pesto made with kale, parsley, olive oil, salt, garlic, and lemon.
The Truffle Upgrade: Add truffle oil to the cauliflower mixture after you've stirred in and melted the cheese. Be sure the cheese and truffle oil are evenly mixed together for the best balance of flavors.
Spicy Vegan White Pizza with Broccoli Rabe and Truffle Cream
The Recipe: Give your pizza night a healthy and delicious makeover with this vegan white pizza. The recipe calls for a vegan cream sauce to top the dough with broccoli rabe, shiitake mushrooms, smoked paprika, and sundried tomatoes.
The Truffle Upgrade: Make the truffled cream sauce in a blender with white beans, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic, truffle oil, salt, and pepper.
Truffled Gnocchi Macaroni and Cheese
The Recipe: Think of this truffled gnocchi macaroni and cheese as the adult version of your favorite childhood comfort food. Made with mini gnocchi, milk, breadcrumbs, truffle, and swiss and white cheddar cheese, this pasta dish takes mac and cheese to the next level.
The Truffle Upgrade: While your pasta is boiling, melt truffle butter in a saucepan before combining flour, milk, and cheese to make a deluxe sauce.
Italian Quinoa Risotto Lasagna
The Recipe: No ordinary baked pasta dish, this quinoa risotto lasagna puts more than one twist on the Italian classic. Make a homemade sauce with pancetta, spicy Italian chicken sausage, crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasonings. Then make a quinoa risotto to layer in the lasagna.
The Truffle Upgrade: The final touch to the risotto is a drizzle of truffle oil. Add a few drops after the quinoa is thick and you've added the wine and Parmesan cheese to give it a little something extra.
Summer Squash Tart with Ricotta and Truffle Oil
The Recipe: This savory tart is filled with ricotta, honey, egg, and shaved summer squash. Make a homemade dough with flour, salt, butter, and water to hold together your creation.
The Truffle Upgrade: Along with shaved radishes, a few dollops of ricotta cheese, dill blossoms, sorrel leaves, and sunflower sprouts, top the tart with a sprinkle of truffle oil.
Creamy Tagliatelle with Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms, and Truffle Oil
The Recipe: This creamy pasta recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Toss pasta with a cream sauce, bacon, Portobello mushrooms, and Parmesan for a dinner with earthy flavors that's sure to impress.
The Truffle Upgrade: When making the cream sauce, add two teaspoons of truffle oil to enhance the extravagant flavors of this dish.
Skillet Grilled Seafood and Chorizo Paella
The Recipe: This paella recipe is surprisingly simple to replicate and won't leave you with a major cleanup. Cook a mix of chicken, chorizo, and seafood on the grill or on the stove in a large cast-iron skillet. Stir in rice, chicken broth, seasonings, and cover tightly while the Spanish dish cooks.
The Truffle Upgrade: Once the paella is cooked and ready to serve, top your creation with lemon juice and white truffle oil.