Truffles (tartufi in Italian) are one of those things Piedmont is most famous for, would you believe, they even have a research center dedicated to the study of them.
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If you don't have a clue about Piedmont, then I'd love for you to settle back awhile, make yourself a cup of coffee, and discover this life-changing secret corner of Italy here.
If you'd rather just get cooking, then our recipe is truffle heaven.
The taste of the truffles perfectly offsets the taste of the cheese, pasta and milk. It is not really too important what color truffles you use, either white or black will be just fine. The color of the truffles doesn't play a significant role as both variations offer an exquisite experience.
However, it's worth noting that Piedmont, is renowned for its white truffles, which are considered the most prized and sought after. The delicate yet distinct flavor of these white truffles adds a touch of luxury to any dish, including the beloved tagliatelle.
I now invite you to indulge in the exquisite flavors of Italy with our signature dish, Tagliatelle al tartufo.
• 0.8 lb. of fresh – Tagliatelle pasta (400g)
• 4 tbsp of butter (60ml)
• 2 tbsp of freshly grated fontina cheese (30ml)
• Freshly grated truffles
• A half litre/1 pint of milk
• 2 egg yolks
1. Pour the Tagliatelle into a pot of very slightly salted boiling water.
2. In another saucepan melt the butter. Once the butter has melted lower the heat and add in the fontina cheese and the milk. Whisk until the cheese starts melting and then add in the egg yolks and the grated truffles.
3. Make sure you don’t let it boil as the result will be a scrambled disaster. The consistency must be like a thick cream.
4. Drain the pasta and add in the sauce to the pasta.
5. Serve with grated or sliced truffle shavings.
But why stop at tagliatelle?
While tagliatelle al tartufo is an extraordinary delicacy, there are other delightful ways to savor the essence of truffles. One unconventional yet surprisingly delightful method is grating them over a fried egg. It may sound simple or even silly, but the combination of the warm, runny yolk and the earthy, aromatic truffles is truly a match made in culinary heaven. The contrasting textures and flavors elevate the humble fried egg into a gourmet treat.