A truffle is actually the outer fruiting body of a small subterranean ascomygian fungus, primarily one of the families of the same genus, Tuber. There are also many other genera in the family that are classified as truffle seeds, including Geopora, Peziza, Choiromyces, Leucangium, Monterey, and more than a hundred others. In order for a food to be considered as truffle, it must contain at least twenty percent as fissure materials (i.e. interior fat) and have a fragile structure.
The question then becomes, what does this salty treat have to taste like? In a word, it tastes like fresh-cut mushrooms! This is because the natural materials from which it is made mostly magnesium chloride, sodium chloride, and tin, impart its distinctive flavor. In fact, the salt has so many unique flavor characteristics that people who use it as a table salt will often purchase another brand to enjoy eating the same salt with their main meal or side dish.
One of the most popular ways to utilize black truffle sea salt on a regular basis is in the creation of salsas and dips. When seasoned with these fine pieces of stone, they impart a unique flavor that makes them ideal for spicing up hot and spicy dishes, as well as cold salads, or simply adding a bit of extra flavor to a mild dish. Salsas and dips go well with fish, meat, vegetables, pasta, cheese, and fruit. Some chefs also add seasoning to fish and lobster dishes to bring out the delicate flavor and texture.
A good example of incorporating truffle salt into a meal is a steak and pasta dish. You can start by preparing the steak. Many people prefer to use short cuts that are more flavorful than long cuts. Place the short cut on top of some low-fat canned tomatoes, add some garlic and cook until the tomatoes are soft. Drain off the juice and place the drained beef on top of the tomato along with some olive oil and a little bit of truffle oil.
Next, you need to create a tomato-based sauce for the dish. Combine two to four drops of your favorite red or green wine, three to four tablespoons of olive oil, chopped onions, some garlic, a pinch of black truffle salt, and a little bit of black pepper. Give the mixture a few minutes to blend well. When it is done, sprinkle over some more olive oil and pepper to seal in the flavor. Mix in the pasta and sauce and serve. Add a garnish of shredded parmesan cheese for the last few minutes to give your dish a nice, cheesy boost.
Truffle salt isn't just for French fries. Other favorites include things like chicken Parmesan and shepherd's pie. Both of these dishes can be created simply by using truffle salt to season them. To make the chicken Parmesan, simply add a Tablespoon of cream cheese to a medium bowl and then add a quarter cup of chopped mushrooms, a quarter cup of grated Parmesan cheese, two to three drops of truffle salt, and a few drops of red pepper flakes if you prefer. Stir thoroughly until all ingredients are completely combined and the cream cheese mixture has been smooth and creamy.
For Shepherd's pie, all you need are some potatoes cut into thin slices. Use your best judgment here because the actual flavor of the vegetable often varies depending on how it's prepared. Add about two to three inches of cold cutting from each slice of potato. Cover the bottom of a large saucepan with some olive oil and then add the slices of potato and cover the pan with water to bring the potato to room temperature. Once the potato slices have finished cooking, add some garlic and white pepper and then mix in the truffle salt and olive oil until everything is evenly coated with the spice mix. Reduce the heat so the bottom of the pan doesn't stick and let it simmer for about twenty minutes before removing it from the heat.
The great thing about using truffle salt for seasoning is that you can use it over again. You can also put the salt on just about anything in your kitchen to give it a little zip and taste. The only limitation is that you may end up smearing your food instead of adding any flavor or unique aroma. If you're not fond of cooking with spices then you may want to try using regular table salt. You can always season it to your taste with a little bit of water or food coloring if you're trying to keep it subtle. You can also use this salt in a variety of different applications such as sprinkling it on fruits, vegetables, bread, meats, and even desserts if you're feeling creative!