I have two main reasons for this: the first is that I don’t use or like the product, and I absolutely cannot in good conscience promote something I wouldn’t buy and use myself. Anyway, you’d all know it because I hate to lie, and I’m really bad at it. The second reason is if that product contains ingredients that are unnatural, includes chemicals or is simply something I avoid eating. If it’s not good enough for my family, I won’t try to turn you onto it, either.
However, sometimes I find a product that I love so much, I want to promote it myself without the company even contacting me, like Sasso Vinegar and ISI Whippers. I have recently found such a product and think it would be a wonderful way to make a day really special. It is called Perlage di Tartufo and is such a unique creation, and so incredibly delicious, I want to share it with you!
Perlage di Tartufo looks very much like caviar and has the consistency and texture of caviar, however, it tastes of truffles! The first time I sampled it at Epicure Imports, a gourmet food warehouse in Los Angeles, I knew I had to take some home, even though it is quite pricy. However, compared to caviar, it’s a bargain; I think of it as “Truffle Caviar”.
I love blini with caviar, so I decided to make my own version with a twist: remember my Irish Boxty recipe? Well, I made miniature pancakes, topped them with a lovely dollop of creme fraiche (which you can make yourself), and then placed a tiny spoonful of Perlage di Tartufo on top. You don’t need a lot as the flavor is quite bold. Of course, you absolutely could use real caviar instead of Perlage di Tartufo, if you prefer.
All I can tell you is that the combination of potato flavor, creamy creme fraiche along with the pearlized truffle is incredible. It’s one of those things I put in my mouth and immediately start dancing; you do that too, right?
Updated November 2016: unfortunately, the place I bought this Perlage di Tartufo is no longer in business and it is also no longer on Amazon :(
I also froze some of the miniature boxty to have at a later time, and they froze beautifully!
Happy Valentine’s Day, however you decide to celebrate, hopefully there is good food involved!
Miniature Boxty with Creme Fraiche
and Truffle Caviar Appetizer
- One recipe of Irish Boxty
- creme fraiche
- Perlage di Tartufo or your choice of caviar
Instead of making full size boxty, make miniature versions (bite-sized).
Place on a cooling rack for about 5 minutes (the creme fraiche will melt if added too quickly), then place on a serving plate or tray and dollop a little creme fraiche on the boxty, and top with a little Perlage di Tartufo or caviar.
Serve, preferably with champagne or a sparkling wine, such as Prosecco.
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