When I think of indulgent foods, I think of chocolate… champagne… popcorn…
This, my friends, is not just any popcorn.
While some folks will grudgingly admit to a secret chocolate stash, or a secret bottle of a top shelf liqueur, my confession is a small bottle of truffle oil and an even smaller tin of truffle salt. It’s not that I won’t share… I will, and I do. It’s just that, if I leave these glorious items in plain sight, one of the budding cooks in my house will surely do something unintentionally heinous, like use truffle oil to grease a pan for pancakes, or dump truffle salt on a frozen pizza. [Shuddering] Hence, the secret location.
Truffle oil is akin to vanilla flavoring, in that each of these items contains the same primary flavor compound as the real thing, without the hefty price tag. Are the flavors exactly the same? The consensus is “no.” In fact, some celebrity chefs are downright disdainful of truffle oil, and will only cook with true truffles. With the elusive fungus fetching up to $3,600 per pound… and I am NOT joking… I’ll take my chances on the rumored difference in flavor!
Truffle salt, made by infusing salt with bits and specks of black truffle, is less controversial and just as delicious. My little tin of truffle salt was a gift from my husband, purchased at a Seattle-based shop called Sugarpill. It made me smile… my husband knows me well!
So… pop up about 8 cups of air popped popcorn. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter, and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of truffle oil. Drizzle this fragrant mixture over your popcorn, and sprinkle lightly with truffle salt. You’ll never think of popcorn quite the same way again!
7 replies to “Truffle Popcorn”
I MUST try! I have to find truffle salt.
I believe Sugarpill ships their salts. Another company to try for mail orders is Jacobsen Salt Co. Have fun!
thanks, I will have to check that out!
I’ve got a bottle stashed away, too. Sorry to say, I am lacking the salt – but I know just what you mean.
I don’t care what the celebrity chefs have to say… I’m not trading in my car for a truffle, so the truffle oil and truffle salt are just fine for me. 😉
Love truffles. We have a pig on my dad’s farm – wonder if he can find one (lol) otherwise, I’m with you.
That made me laugh! 🙂