His highness, the truffle... This is what the Istrians call the king of their local gourmet scene. Truffle is an absolute star and that’s why traditional truffle dishes are very simple – no other ingredient is allowed to overshadow it.
We bring you three truffle dishes that are a true taste sensation. For a first-hand experience, read about truffles on a plate and how they will win you over at first taste.
Istrian fuži pasta with truffles
Istrian fuži is one of the best-known varieties of Istrian pasta. Their charm lies in their small hollow centre that gets filled with sauce, making every bite a juicy treat.
Fuži: They are made with little water and some eggs (four eggs per kilo of flour). The pasta needs to be moulded while the dough is fresh. Roll out the dough and cut it into diamond-shaped pieces, then wrap these pieces around a stick so that the opposite ends join. Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook for 5-6 minutes.
Sauce: Mix sour cream, parmesan and egg yolk. Then melt butter in a pan and add the sauce. Grate over a little truffle, then add a bit of cooking water to the cooked fuži. Cook the pasta and sauce together for 2-3 minutes to incorporate. Grate some black truffle and add a few drops of olive oil overtop to serve.
This dish is so simple, and yet so delectable! It is usually made for breakfast, but it also makes a great snack or light meal.
Method: Pour beaten eggs into a hot, well-oiled pan. Add finely grated truffle, salt and pepper. After the eggs firm, sprinkle with minced parsley. Add grated cheese if desired.
It takes your sandwiches to the next level, enriches your canapés, serves as an amazing appetizer – and it's ready in just five minutes!
Method: Mix cheese spread with a few teaspoons of tartufata, add salt and pepper to taste, and spread on toast. Garnish with finely chopped spring onions and fresh chives.