Making truffle butter is a delicious way to infuse the rich, earthy flavor of truffles into butter. Here’s a simple recipe to make truffle butter at home:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1-2 teaspoons truffle oil or 1-2 tablespoons finely grated fresh truffles
- Salt (optional)
In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter and truffle oil or finely grated fresh truffles. Truffle oil is readily available in specialty stores and online, while fresh truffles may be harder to find.
Using a fork or a spatula, mix the butter and truffle oil/fresh truffles together until well combined. Ensure that the truffle flavor is evenly distributed throughout the butter.
If desired, taste the butter and add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor. Keep in mind that truffle oil can already be quite potent, so you may not need additional salt.
Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, transfer the truffle butter onto a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap.
Shape the butter into a log or any desired shape by rolling it in the parchment paper or plastic wrap. Twist the ends to secure the butter and create a tightly wrapped log.
Place the wrapped truffle butter in the refrigerator to firm up for at least 1-2 hours or until it becomes solid.
Once the truffle butter is firm, it is ready to use! You can slice it into rounds or chunks as needed for various recipes.
Truffle butter can be used to elevate the flavors of dishes like pasta, risotto, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or simply spread on warm crusty bread. Store the truffle butter in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze it for longer storage.
Note: The amount of truffle oil or fresh truffles can be adjusted based on your personal preference for truffle flavor intensity. Start with a smaller amount and gradually add more if desired.