Salt Trick and Treats
Truffle salt has been around for hundreds of years. Although its origin is unclear, it is thought to have been created by curing nuts and other nuts in butter or alcohol. The resulting mixture was used as a cure for a wide variety of ailments. One such cure was the curing of fungal infections, particularly those that were caused by yeast. This was because the alcohol would kill off all the naturally occurring microorganisms in the infection, leaving the susceptible host susceptible to any other fungus that might inhabit the area.
A truffle, a pastry shell made from the upper layers of soft under layers of bread called the "salty layer", has been a popular Christmas treat for hundreds of years. In fact, truffles were popular in Italy during the Renaissance and were often eaten with Italian coffee. Today, truffle season comes each December when this time-honored treat is available at most grocery stores. Popular varieties include the aged truffle, which has a soft, crisp flavor, white truffle, with its smooth, mild flavor, and truffle cracker, with a salty, crisp flavor. Although many varieties of black truffle sea salt are available, the most popular are the white and aged truffle, which is both salty and sweet.
Though the exact origins of truffle salt are not clear, the use of this food spoil and/or finishing salt dates back to medieval times. At the time, it was used to preserve food. Today, it is often used as a food seasoning in various cuisines. It is said that its flavor is derived from anise seeds, which makes it distinct from other salts. It has a unique nutty flavor that is known to be a distinctive trademark of truffle salt.
This salt can be purchased online or in many supermarkets. To make it a delicious truffle, begin with coarsely ground regular salt. In a medium bowl, combine the regular salt and cream cheese until smooth. Spread the mixture over a piece of baked French bread and then sprinkle over some chopped peppercorns. Heat the oven and cook the bread until it is golden brown. When done, replace the cheese onto the bread and spread the remaining butter over it.
Another great combination to top your meal is a few tablespoons of butter, cream cheese, and sea salt. Afterward, pop up a handful of popcorn and spread a generous helping of popcorn butter over it. Place a layer of cheese on top and add a few scoops of your favorite ice cream. Scramble some eggs into the batter and pop the truffle salt and mixed nuts onto the top. Serve with your favorite drink and enjoy your new high-calorie popcorn and ice cream.
If you prefer a sweeter treat, try drizzling some caramel sauce over your steak and toss it in the oven for a delicious caramel truffle salt treat. For the recipe, substitute brown sugar instead of white. You may also like to add some cherries or blueberries. You can also substitute strawberry or blueberry nectar for the cream if you are not a fan of ice cream.
A variation of truffle salt that you might like to try is to sprinkle it over your vegetables before cooking them. You can have a layer of it on the vegetables like mushrooms or onions and sprinkle over it before you toss it in the pan. This makes for a delightful treat. You can also sprinkle the mixture over steamed rice or potatoes to add some flavor. You can also throw some on top of your baked potatoes and serve it with some crusty bread. You may also like to sprinkle some on top of your cereal or oatmeal.
Finally, you can make truffles using a cookie cutter and candies in place of mushrooms. You will need to bake the cookies and put the candies on the bottom. Take your candy and put it in the melted butter. Now, take a cookie cutter and outline the candies around the holes. Pop and enjoy your new and unique truffle salt made dishes.