Some things feel luxurious and truffles are certainly among them. We are in Italy right now at the height of white truffle season and just returned from the white Truffle Festival, still overwhelmed by the abundance of truffles and array of truffle products that were available.
We tasted truffles in several dishes, mostly with pasta, risotto, cheese and on crostini, but one of the simplest ways it was served and to me one of the most delicious was simply with eggs.
Truffles were offered with scrambled eggs, fried eggs and plain, runny egg omelette, with truffles either incorporated lightly into the eggs or shaved on top at the last minute.
What do truffles taste like? it may surprise you that truffles are prized more for their aroma than their taste. The aroma is earthy, slightly pungent, musky, subtle yet bold and the flavour follows the nose. Once you taste one you get it, it is special. I also tasted black truffles but I find the white truffles more alluring.
So today is truffle day in my kitchen, beginning with eggs and truffle lunch.
I made the eggs two ways, one simply soft scrambled, the other soft scrambled folded omelette. For seasoning I only put in salt and pepper, trying to keep the flavours pure so the truffle gets a chance to shine.
Opening the jar where we kept the truffle was rather exciting and the delicate yet noticeable aroma immediately wafted and perfumed the air.
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Fresh white truffle
Melt the butter in a small skillet over low-medium heat.
Break the eggs into a glass dish and mix with a fork to break the yolks.
Add salt and pepper to taste and mix again.
When the butter is heated and melted pour the eggs into the skillet and begin scrambling them with a spatula, scraping from the side to the center and folding them over. You don’t want the eggs over scrambled into small pieces. Keep them fairly large and smooth.
While the eggs are slightly undercooked pour them into a bowl.
Set the truffle shaver to a thin setting and begin shaving the truffle onto the eggs.
Serve and enjoy immediately with more truffle and the slicer on the side.