Truffle Oil for Tots

Img_4737Before foodier-than-thou critics trounce me for suggesting that truffle oil is nothing more than a synthesized approximation of the real thing, I cede the point. That said, it’s an excellent gateway condiment to the real thing when it comes to getting kids to eat something they generally wouldn’t.

That doesn’t mean that a judiciously applied jot of white truffle oil won’t boost any number of foods into the more-ish category (I like the Trader Joe’s stuff for how darned cheap it is and how far it’ll go if you keep it in the fridge lest it spoil; i’m telling you it’s a bargain at 10 or so bucks. I’m sure other households have drained industrial sized ketchup bottles in the same time we’ve maybe used two fingers of our bottle of truffle oil).

Here’s where it helps out:

in anything containing mushrooms: such as pappardelle with mushroom sauce, your basic white risotto, and anything potato-based (gratins, mashed, roasted, french fries).

You might ask: need we make carbs any more delectable to our children (a demographic who usually needs the least encouragement in this category of foodstuffs)? I might answer: why not, as long as you’re balancing that plate food-categorywise and colorwise. All I’m really saying is: I’ve seen my kids freakishly satisfied by dishes dosed by the stuff. Once in a while, a little bottle of funky, earthy, truffle-like transcendence can only be a good, palate-expanding exercise for the gastrokids of the world.

Truffled scrambled eggs
I served this to my kids on Sunday mid morning. I asked Violet what they tasted like. She said: “Like mushrooms.” She gets it.

3 eggs
1/2 tsp butter
salt
pepper
quarter tsp white truffle oil

beat the eggs, cook em in the butter, add the salt and pepper and an ever so light drizzle of truffle oil toward the end.

—Hugh

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2 Responses to Truffle Oil for Tots

  1. Beth says:

    I have an 8 month old daughter, Mila and have fed her only organic stuff I’m steaming, baking and cuisinarting myself. We were needing a little variety as well. I gave her a bit of plain soy yogurt and she gave me a face that translated into why on earth would you give me that? Try the Silk brand soy yogurt (available at Wild Oats–even in Park City, Utah) It comes in small containers and you can transfer it to a sealable container and keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
    The blueberry has become a staple.

  2. Stephanie Mallios says:

    Our son is 11 months old and has not had any cow’s milk anything yet. He loves Coach Farms Sheep’s Milk Yogurt, and Goat’s Milk Yogurt. No need for fruit or sweeteners. We get them at Whole Foods in Millburn, NJ and even some conventional grocery stores like King’s and Shop Rite. They are very tangy and he adores them. He also loves goat and sheep milk straight from the bottle, cold or warmed.

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