Truffle oil

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Truffle oil (olive oil with black truffle)

Truffle oil is a modern culinary ingredient, used to impart the flavor and aroma of truffles to a dish.

Most truffle oils are not made from actual truffles, but are a synthetic product that combines a thioether (2,4-dithiapentane), one of numerous aromas or odorants found in truffles, with an olive oil or grapeseed oil base.[1] As with pure olive oils, these range from clear to cloudy, and yellow to green.[2]

Truffle oil is commonly used to make "truffle fries," which feature French fries tossed in truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and sometimes other ingredients. Some pasta dishes and whipped dishes such as mashed potatoes or deviled eggs incorporate truffle oil.[2]

Truffle oil, available in all seasons and steady in price, is popular with chefs (and some diners) because it is much less expensive than actual truffles, while possessing some of the same flavors and aroma. The emergence and growth of truffle oil has led to an increase in the availability of foods claiming to be made with or flavored with truffles, in an era when the price of truffles has pushed them out of reach for most diners.

Opinions of Chefs[edit]

"Their one-dimensional flavor is also changing common understanding of how a truffle should taste," Daniel Patterson complained in a New York Times article.[3]

Gordon Ramsay has referred to natural truffle oil as "a chef's dream",[4] and to synthetic truffle oil as "one of the most pungent, ridiculous ingredients ever known to [this] chef."

Anthony Bourdain said, "Let it be stated here, unto forever and eternity, truffle oil is not food."[5]

Martha Stewart expressed her dislike of truffle oil in a 2014 post on Reddit, stating "I think truffle oil is one of the few ingredients that doesn't belong in anyone's kitchen. It's ruinous of most recipes."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In the Kitchen: Ingredients - Truffle Oil, Bon Appetit, retrieved March 12, 2014 
  2. ^ a b Koenig, Leah (March 10, 2009), Truffle Oil, Saveur .
  3. ^ Patterson, Daniel (May 16, 2007), Hocus-Pocus, and a Beaker of Truffles, The New York Times .
  4. ^ "Gordon Ramsay - Truffled cream cheese". YouTube. October 17, 2009. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Guilty Pleasures". The Taste. Season 2, Episode 3. January 16, 2014. American Broadcasting Company.
  6. ^ "I’m Martha Stewart. Ask me almost anything! It’s a good thing.". Reddit. March 6, 2014. 

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