Simple Appetizer: Bread with Butter and Truffle Salt

You may see truffle salt as superfluous indulgence in times like these—or maybe a ripoff, given the fact that some of the truffle taste is undoubtedly a manufactured chemical. But, as Dana mentioned in her post about truffle butter, a tiny smidge elevates the humblest of ingredients. And we think our little jar is actually an economical choice for dinner parties. Here's why...

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This 3.5-ounce jar from Dean & Deluca sells for $28. That's some crazy expensive salt, we know (ours was a gift from a very generous house guest).

But as we think about how much we spend on appetizers, whether it's an assortment of cheese or vegetables to go with a dip, and then we calculate how many salt-covered bites of bread we could get out of this small jar, we think the truffle salt wins. We could sprinkle this on hundreds of pieces of bread.

Bread and butter as an appetizer? Well, yes, we'd do it. A good baguette, some good butter, and some very pungent salt feels quite luxurious to us. We should note that this stuff is pungent. Open the jar, and you can smell it from the next room.

As for the purity of the ingredients... this particular brand has 5 percent black truffle, with the rest being truffle flavor that is probably made in a lab. We agree with Dana here, though. We enjoy it, so that's that.

Of course, truffle salt is good for a lot of other purposes. Sprinkle it on popcorn or over roasted asparagus. We're even wondering if it would be good rimming the glass of a bloody mary. Maybe that's overkill.

• Buy this truffle salt: $28, from Dean & Deluca.

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Related: Good Question: How to Use Truffle Oil

(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)

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