9 Ways to Use Truffles for the Holidays
Your Holiday Guide to Entertaining with Truffles (with recipes!)
The intoxicating White Italian Truffle, poised for seduction
Every year, from mid-November into early March, a variety of pigs and truffle-sniffing canines throughout Europe get busy rooting up prized truffles, many of which will be headed to Market Hall Foods. These elusive tubers—dear in price due to limited growth areas and harvesting challenges—possess some of the most seductive, enigmatic and coveted flavors on earth.
How to use them? Here's our handy Guide to Entertaining with Truffles:
Deviled eggs are festive, fun, nutritious and delicious—and never more so than when they're heaped with truffles. Set out a tray of Truffled Deviled Eggs next to a bottle of bubbly and watch them disappear.
2. Truffled popcorn for the win.
Toss buttered popcorn with a drizzle of black truffle oil and season with KL Keller Black Truffle Salt (our pairing: Turkey Day football).
3. Creamy mushroom & truffle dip.
Count 'em: 5 ingredients. In a large skillet, melt a tablespoon of butter and sauté one pound of chopped mushrooms and a thinly sliced shallot until caramelized. Transfer the cooked mushroom and shallot mixture to the bowl of a food processor, add a half pint of our housemade Truffle Cream Sauce (available in-store) and pulse to combine. Scoop the dip into a shallow baking dish, top with buttered panko breadcrumbs and broil on low until the dip is bubbling and the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Serve with our housemade crostini (in-store).
4. Oh la la! Truffled gougères.
Substitute our housemade truffle butter in David Lebovitz's recipe for French gougères (bonus points if you add a little extra chopped fresh Fall Black Truffle).
5. Make-ahead truffled sandwich for a crowd.
The morning of your big event, slice a baguette in half lengthwise, slather the bottom half with Black Truffle Mustard from KL Keller, thin slices of French ham, sliced Antique Gruyère cheese and top with the other half of the baguette. When it's time to party, pop the sandwich in a 375°F oven until it's toasty and the cheese is melted. Cut into individual portions and serve. Applause!
6. Chicken Liver Crostini with Truffle Balsamic.
Top crostini with our housemade chicken liver mousse pâté, drizzle with 12-Year Truffle Balsamic from Acetaia Leonardi and garnish with thinly shaved fresh black truffle.
7. Truffled up arancini.
Roll triple-truffled risotto—bolstered with black truffle butter, chopped fresh Fall Black Truffles and sharp truffled pecorino cheese—into balls, bread and fry. Party tip: Make ahead and reheat in the oven as your guests are arriving.
8. Bresaola, arugula and truffle pecorino cones.
Twist thinly sliced cured bresaola into cones and filled with a mixture of arugula and shaved Pecorino Stagionato Tartufo dressed with a touch of black truffle oil and a spritz of lemon juice.
9. Mini truffled hasselback potatoes.
Market Hall Foods Truffle Products
Truffle up your holiday table! View our full collection of truffle products.
Black Truffle Salt from KL Keller
An umami-packed blend of black summer truffles, Spanish fine-grain sea salt plus a touch of porcini powder and a hint of pure truffle essence, Black Truffle Salt from KL Keller is your holiday truffle go-to.
Truffled up: Use to season every part of your Turkey Day feast—sprinkle generously over your holiday bird before roasting, add a pinch to potato or cauliflower mash or season buttered green beans.
Made with only two ingredients: California estate-made olive oil and fresh white truffles from Le Marche, Italy (no truffle essence, artificial flavorings or additives here!), Calivirgin White Truffle Olive Oil is ready for luxurious drizzling.
Truffled up: Add to mashed potatoes for a creamy, dreamy truffle side. Or drizzle over a silky parsnip soup topped with crispy shallots. Meanwhile, the Italian White Truffles are intoxicatingly aromatic, their essence an effervescent combo of pungent garlic and sweet Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Hey, what exactly are truffles?
Truffles are the fruiting body of a fungus closely related to mushrooms that, starting in spring, form several inches underground at the base of certain trees, mainly oak and chestnut. They grow best within a swath that extends from just south of Madrid to the center of France and includes some of the famous truffle regions in both France and Italy.
Prized truffles at Market Hall Foods
There are over 200 different species of truffles out there, but only a handful of them are prized. The quality of the truffle is always in the aroma, so get your noses ready. Here is a quick overview of the prized varieties that we bring in to Market Hall Foods every year.
Italian White Truffles
Tuber Magnatum. Intensely intoxicating, pungent and aromatic of fresh-pressed garlic juice and sweet Parmigiano-Reggiano—offer an elevated, experience. shave them raw over finished dishes.
Fall Black Truffles
Tuber Uncinatum. These beauties from Umbria and Le Marche are firm and dense, with subtle, earthy, woodsy aromas—like a stroll in the hills after the rains. Shave into dishes and cook to release thier full fall flavor.
Périgord Black Truffles
Tuber Melanosporum. Their pungencuy is deep and rich, reminiscent of earth and cocoa. The aroma is longer and much earthier than the white truffle, so they can be used in cooking.
Double your truffle. We want you to get the most out of your truffle, so we pre-pack all truffle orders with farm-fresh, organic eggs. Use the truffle for dinner and enjoy truffle-ized scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Truffles in Your Inbox
(for newbies and connoisseurs alike!)
Sign up for the Market Hall Foods Truffle Club and load up on truffle perks. It's fun, fabulous—and FREE! Check out all the trufflicious privileges included in your free membership:
- Receive the Truffle Club Newsletter (just 5 per year) with insider updates on fresh truffle availability, prices, new truffle products and recipes.
- Enjoy personalized service from our truffle buying team on truffle ordering, truffle use and menu planning.
- Order truffles from the comfort of your home and get guaranteed truffles. Check truffle-ordering off your list.