It happened just days before Christmas of 2013.
I was perusing the isles of my favorite Asian grocery store when I took a double take. There in front of me, all lined up in a row were tiny individual packages of black truffles.
“Black Truffles? Really?” I thought to myself. I could hardly believe my eyes.
Truffles are fungi that grow just under the surface close to the roots of specific trees such as oaks, Douglas-firs, pines and a few others. They are earthy, delicate, fragrant and known to be very expensive.
I was so curious as to the origin of these truffles I had to ask — and in return I got a little education. These truffles are recognized as “Oregon” truffles. Unlike their European counterparts which can cost upwards of $1,500 per pound — these little beauties grow all over the Pacific Northwest from Oregon up into British Columbia and are not quite as expensive ($400/lb). Since they don’t weigh much you don’t need much and a little goes a long way. For that single black truffle you see I paid $15.00. I even had enough of him left over to grind up with some sea salt to make truffle salt too.
So on that day in my Asian grocery store, I brought home my very first black truffle ever. I placed him on my kitchen counter and sat down to just admire him and wonder what recipe I could use him in. Then it dawned on me — eggs and truffles, together — somehow . . .
And so it was for our Christmas celebration when a nice platter of black truffled deviled eggs graced my countertop . . .
And everyone went “WOW,” over them. They were AMAZING. They were HEAVENLY. No wait, they were SINFULLY DELICIOUS.
And just a few days ago, I went back to that Asian grocery store and guess what? I bought another black truffle and I decided to make them again and share the recipe with you ♥
And even though I just went crazy explaining to you how heavenly these truffles are — I do want to mention that black truffles are not necessary here but if you do have access to them, I would definitely go for it. This deviled egg recipe is absolutely delicious without them — and if you make them, you’ll see what I mean :)
So if you’re hosting a party, or want something special for your sweetheart on Valentines day — I think these would be perfect ♥