My friend, Doriana, is the resident truffle expert of our little town of Fabro. In this area that is prolific with truffles – both black and white – Doriana is the person you call when you’re looking for any truffle concoction you can possibly imagine: minced in olive oil, blended in cream sauce or freshly dug out of the ground.
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So when we recently went to see Doriana with my niece and her husband, we came back home with 2 beautiful fresh truffles, a recipe (more like explicit instructions, straight from Doriana’s lips) and a few simple ingredients to make Beef with Shaved Truffles.
Doriana’s Beef with Shaved Truffles
- 2 small-medium black truffles, rinsed and dried
- 2 pounds sirloin, sliced very thin (ask the butcher to slice it for you)
- extra virgin olive oil
- parmigiano cheese, grated
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the beef and season it with salt and pepper. Cook lightly, turning once or twice in the pan. Because the beef is cut thin it will cook very quickly, so be sure not to overcook it.
Meanwhile, shave the fresh truffles using a mandolin on a very fine setting. (See photo below.) As soon as the beef is cooked, top with the shaved truffles and drizzle with olive oil. The shaved truffles will “wilt” into the beef.
Serve immediately with grated parmigiano. Buon appetito!
Pamela Haack is the founder of Off the Beaten Strada, where she creates and hosts small group tours that are a combination of the very best of Italy: the exciting and the peaceful, the popular and the secret, the talked about and the never-heard-of-before. From art experts and operettas to authentic cooking classes and ancient Etruscans, Pamela helps visitors experience the spectacularly beautiful, endlessly interesting cities and countryside of Italy in an up-close and personal way.
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Pamela lives with her husband, Lou, in Umbria, Italy.