So what better way is there to prepare for winter than with a nice white truffle risotto? Its characteristic intense aroma will leave all your guests amazed. And with a satisfied palate, if you know how to make the dish. Do you think you can't afford it? You are quite wrong, and here's why.
Preparing white truffle risotto
I didn't include any strange variations here, fancy touches or other chef stuff, so to speak. I would like you, at least for the first time, to prepare a white truffle risotto without too many frills, to make sure you bring out the unique taste of the tuber.
The tools to use
The white truffle is rare, delicate and must be treated with proper respect. Therefore, before starting to cook, it' s better to get the right tools. Not all of you have a rice cooker at home, so a high-sided frying pan or a casserole pan will do quite well. The most important thing is not to pile the risotto in one place or scatter it in a huge frying pan, like the ones used to make paella.
Oh, you also need a "pan licker", you know what that is? It's that kind of spatula with a soft (and fireproof) silicone part at one end. You need it to stir the risotto without splitting all the grains. But then again, my grandmother used to do it the traditional way and everything always tasted great, but I'm neither that skilled nor that good at teaching you how to do it. So, hooray for spatulas.
Yes, the white truffle is the most expensive truffle of all, its prices usually averaging €2,100/2,500 per kg, a truly mind-boggling amount. However, a high quality white truffle, if chosen properly and handled with care, has such an intense aroma and strong flavour that just a few grams are enough to add that special gusto to an entire course.
Let me give you an example: a white truffle risotto for 4 people (done well) needs about 5 g of white truffle per person, making a total of 20 g of white truffle for the entire dish. Some recipes even recommend 15 g per person, but if the truffle is of quality, 5-6 g are more than enough. Considering that white truffles currently cost around €2,100/kg for truffle sizes ranging between 20 and 49 g. This means that a truffle of about 25 g will do very well and could cost you around €50.
A lot, but not a huge amount, right? I'd say that with about 15 € per person you can organise a king's dinner for four, complete with wine and a good risotto. :)