It can be difficult to try to stick with New Year’s Resolutions, and if you’re embracing a diet these days of primarily protein and vegetables, trying to avoid your sugars and caffeine, and shunning the carbs like a good little girl, you may be feeling slightly deprived. If you’re feeling depraved, however, consult a psychiatrist.
But good news is on the way, and that is that I’ve discovered the most delectable topping for all your precious proteins: Sabatino Tartufi Seasoning Truffle Zest, made in Italy, produced by the fine folks at Sabatino Italia S.R.I. This stuff is a God-send!
Of course you can transform popcorn instantly, or make a gourmet truffle cream sauce for pasta with ease using truffle zest, but the real allure is how you can elevate both the humble and healthy foods in an instant with just a dash of this stuff. Sprinkle on a hard-boiled egg or ordinary grass-fed beef patties right after cooking, or put it on freshly-fried bacon and it becomes your new Best Friend, STAT! I love the flavor of this stuff. It’s just so gourmet and yummy! Plus it’s gluten- and sugar-free.
At a mere 14 bucks per 1.76 ounces, this stuff is worth every precious cent! It really satisfies and helps you adhere to your diet precisely because it is so very satisfying. Sprinkle it on a simple mushroom-butter sauté as an accompaniment to grilled steak and you’re set for a gourmet experience that will impress even the most discerning guest!
Truffle zest is best when you sprinkle it on hot foods sans much cooking so that you don’t lose the flavorful powder. Just let it melt into the food. And now, for those who are uninitiated or merely curious, here’s some history on this curious treat, the truffle!
Heralded as “the diamond of the kitchen” by French gourmet Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the truffle, pictured below, is commonly found on tree roots. It’s a fungus that, honestly, won’t be winning any beauty contests anytime soon.
Despite their homely appearance, truffles are a most prestigious food ingredient that impart a delicious and distinctive flavor that you’ll never forget, transforming ordinary foods into extraordinary wonders! As a result, truffles are very expensive and considered a delicacy.
There are black truffles and white truffles, and if you browse your gourmet grocery you may find truffle oil at a hefty price tag but be forewarned that truffle oil is merely olive oil saturated with a bit of the dried truffles which are then strained out, leaving a mild truffle flavor. This is not the oil of the truffle. So your money is better spent on real truffles or on the truffle zest itself.
Another interesting aspect to truffles is how they are “hunted,” as it were. If you did not know this unbelievable tidbit, truffles are especially delicious to pigs, and the animal can smell the truffle in the earth so pigs are used, or were used, to “hunt” the truffle. They would snort and forage for the delicious treat, alerting their owner that truffles were near. The only problem was that the pigs would try to devour the truffles upon finding them, so nowadays, dogs have been trained to scent the truffle instead of pigs. Humorous but true. And so ends our time with the truffle and leads me to a joke about the funny fungi. A truffle walks into a bar and asks for a beer. The bartender says, “I can’t serve you. You’re a truffle.” And the truffle responds, “Why not? I’m a fun guy.” Jajajaja. Please tip your server.