Sottocenere al tartufo

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Sottocenere al Tartufo

Sottocenere al tartufo is a very pale yellow to off-white cheese with truffles that has a grey-brown ash rind.[1] It has a somewhat mild taste and is semi-soft in firmness.

Sottocenere (meaning "under ash") is originally from Venice, Italy, and is made with raw cow's milk and slices of truffles, then rubbed with various herbs and spices. It is aged in an ash rind as a way to preserve it over a long period without losing flavor, a tradition in the Venetian region. The ash is also used to convey subtle flavors into the cheese, with a variety of spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, among others) mixed with the ash.[2] The al tartufo refers to the addition of slivers of black truffle into the cheese, during the cheese making.


  1. ^ Marchetti, Domenica (2008). Big Night In: More Than 100 Wonderful Recipes for Feeding Family and Friends Italian-Style. Chronicle. p. 17. ISBN 9780811859295. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Ridgway, Judy (2004). The Cheese Companion. Running Press. p. 61. ISBN 9780762419562. Retrieved 13 July 2012.

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