The illusive white truffle is in season, found shaved over dishes all across the "Truffle Valley" we live in. Travelers are enamored with truffles when they visit Le Marche in the fall and rightfully so with a price tag of 3,000 Euro a kilo. We recently served a truffle themed dinner with white truffles foraged from the woods behind our farmhouse. The aroma was so pungent the earthly smell filled our house, the guests were all curious how to cook this strange mushroom. But here's the secret you don't actually cook with them, instead shaving hundreds of euro over a finished dish like a paper thin fritatta, fresh pasta, risotto or a beautiful steak. The truffle should never touch the heat of the pan or it will kill the flavor immediately.
So go on and hock the family silver for a plate of irresistible homemade tagliatelle and white truffles!