This black truffle & provolone toastie is quite simply the most decadent toasted sandwich you’ll ever make. Australian black truffles are one of the joys of winter (see FAQ below) and, although they cost upwards of $2,500/kg, a little goes a long way with a small one (20g) costing only $75 (with delivery) from Fish River Truffles near Bathurst. Shave truffles over pasta, risotto or poached eggs (see video below), then use all the irregular, impossible to shave bits left behind to make this toastie. Enjoy this treat with a slightly earthy pinot noir, such as Golden Child’s Lazy Sunday Light Red, an easy drinking pinot-shiraz blend.
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On 18 June 1999 Duncan Garvey harvested Australia’s first black truffle in Tasmania.
Truffles are harvested in winter, so from about June to August in Australia and November to January in Europe.
The first Australian truffles were harvested in Tasmania. Since then truffles have been cultivated in NSW, ACT, WA, SA, Queensland and Victoria (as well as in New Zealand).
Black truffles cost upwards of $2,500/kg, but a little goes a long way with a small one (20g) costing only $50.
A 40g truffle costs about $100 and is enough to shave over pasta or risotto for 6-8 people.
To make the most of truffles, keep it simple and remember they need warmth and fat to bring out their aroma and flavour. Think butter, cream, mild cheese, eggs, pasta and rice.
Truffles are best served over dishes like pasta and risotto at the last minute using a special truffle shaver.
Store truffles in a sealed jar of rice in the fridge, they’ll impart their enticing truffle aroma to the rice.
A slightly earthy pinot noir work well with truffles’ funky aroma.
Alba in northern Italy is famous for white truffles, which are harvested from mid-October to mid-December.