As the saying goes... butter is better. If that's the case, then truffle butter is the best. Stick with me for this easy-to-follow recipe on how to make truffle butter right in your own kitchen. So yummy.
This recipe for how to make truffle butter is: Gluten Free, Low Carb, Primal and just so savory.
HOW TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER: IT'S BETTER!
Here's an immutable truth about fresh truffles: they love fat and salt. It's like a bizarre love triangle, but it works on so many levels.
In my opinion, butter is the absolute perfect medium to serve with the truffle. It has just enough fat to enhance the truffle and that buttery flavor which pairs ohhhh so well. Toss in some medium-ground sea salt, gray salt or Himalayan salt and you've just created heaven on earth.
You might think that I am being facetious, but just wait until you've tried it for the first time. It is a real game changer when it comes to butter.
So... want to know how to make truffle butter at home? Get the best butter you can find, some really nice salt and a fresh truffle. The rest will come together naturally.
WHAT'S TRUFFLE BUTTER?
Truffle butter is a mixture of salted butter and fresh truffles which have either been sliced or grated. Typically it is best to consume truffle butter quickly as it has a short shelf life. It may also be frozen for up to six months.
This particular butter is considered a "compound" butter. A compound butter is a mixture of butter along with other ingredients.
For this compound butter, it is best to use fresh truffles.
WHERE CAN I BUY FRESH TRUFFLES?
You're in luck! We sell fresh ORGANIC French Truffles directly from our friends truffle farm in the south of France.
Want to get your hands on one of the best ingredients on the planet? Just fill out the form below and you'll start to receive information only about TRUFFLES!
WHAT DOES TRUFFLE BUTTER TASTE LIKE?
Truffle butter tastes incredible. All at once you experience the creamy, melty butter spiked with salt and perfumed with fresh truffles. With the addition of the truffle, the butter takes on a nutty almost woody flavor with overtones of dank mushrooms.
When you learn how to make truffle butter, you'll savor every slice.
WHEN TO USE TRUFFLE BUTTER:
Truffle butter is not intended to be used for cooking! When the truffles are heated they tend to lose all their aroma and flavor. Just use regular butter to cook with and add the truffle butter on top.
A good example of how NOT to use truffle butter is under the skin of poultry before cooking. What you expect to be absolutely delicious will most likely taste like buttery poultry with black flecks in it.
Truffle butter is fantastic when used any of the following ways:
- On a toasted baguette. Just slather it on and enjoy.
- Added to a piping hot steak, grilled chicken or pan seared pork chops. Plop a dollop right on top.
- Mixed with mashed potatoes.
- Added to cooked Basmati rice.
- As a sauce for fresh pasta or meat stuffed ravioli.
- Melted and drizzled over popcorn.
- Mixed in with freshly cooked french fries.
HOW MUCH DOES TRUFFLE BUTTER COST?
When you know how to make truffle butter, it doesn't cost that much. Use the remnants of your truffles, grate them and mix them with room temperature butter.
Truffles themselves are expensive, but you always have waste and little bits that break off of the truffle. Save these little bits. They are perfect for truffle butter or to add to some truffle salt.
CAN I USE TRUFFLE OIL TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER?
The quick answer is maybe. Here's why:
- Most truffle oil is fake. Manufacturers add in chemicals to make it taste like truffles. Typically they always taste awful. I'd say you are ruining good butter with bad truffle oil.
- It will be really spreadable. Let's say that you find a really good truffle oil (we sell REAL truffle oil too!) and want to mix it with the butter. You need to whip it for a while to get it to incorporate properly. Once it is all mixed up, you'll have some spreadable truffle butter.
- The cost will be lower. If you can find real truffle oil (made with tuber melanosporum), it will be significantly less expensive than using fresh truffles. You could also use some of the fresh truffle bits along with some truffle oil for a really nice truffle butter.
TRUFFLE BUTTER VS. TRUFFLE SALT:
Truffle butter is a compound butter made by adding salt and truffles. Truffle salt is typically sea salt which has been infused with bits of truffles. Truffle salt is used as a finishing salt just as truffle butter is a finishing ingredient. Use truffle salt on veggies, starches and proteins.
Most store-bought truffle salt is between 5-10% truffles and is often perfumed with truffle oil.
You may purchase truffle salt through us which is 30% fresh truffles with absolutely no truffle oil. Both summer and winter truffle salt is available.
TRUFFLE BUTTER VS. TRUFFLE OIL:
Truffle oil is typically made with chemicals which give it a massive, heady truffle scent. If you've ever been at a restaurant and can smell the truffle risotto from two tables over, it's entirely fake. Real truffle oil is made with truffles and has a very delicate aroma. The flavor is spicy with notes of wood and earth. The beauty is in its subtle flavor.
The use of truffle butter and truffle oil is really interchangeable. They are both used for finishing and not during the cooking process. Truffle oil can make a really delightful dressing for salads.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW TO MAKE TRUFFLE BUTTER:
The idea behind truffle butter is not to watch calories. It's a treat. A luxury ingredient. Something that should be savored.
All that being said, look for really good butter with a high fat content. In the States, my suggestion is to buy unsalted butter so you may add in good, crunchy sea salt. The burst of salt with the butter and truffles is almost addictive.
I keep my truffle butter log in the freezer. Whenever I make something on the grill that just needs something simple added, I pull out the truffle butter. Heat up the knife under hot water and cut off some coins. Just place the frozen coins on the grilled meat right before serving. It's just delightful.
Hopefully you learned something about how to make truffle butter in your own kitchen. The recipe is below and you may follow along in the video above! Let me know your thoughts and what you love with truffle butter!