Black Truffle Poutine
Updated: Aug 8
When some fresh cheese curds and black truffle once met in my little Aussie kitchen, this little rare poutine also called "Mission Impossible" was accomplished!
Homemade Truffle poutine, ho.my.god. I think I’ve been very lucky to improvise, photograph and taste this one. This was only a sudden experiment, on a sunny winter day as part of my first photo session with poutine...! The fact that Québec cheese curds are tough to find outside our belle province meant this was a really rare chance I couldn’t pass up. For this photo, we were back from a little two-hour drive to taste and bring home some cheese curds from a new artisan cheese shop (fromagerie) as at that time they had poutine on their menu. The cheese was refrigerated so the “squeakiness” effect had disappeared (this cheese is at its best at room temperature in the first 24h). But I have to admit, that was close enough for what I could find so far in Australia. If you are in Québec, that unique cheese is not rare and expensive at all… but freshly hunted truffle is. Black Perigord truffle is not suitable for the coldest winter conditions like in North America and would more likely be imported from France. Truffles are cultivated in the Snowy Valleys region and available locally in season. Both fresh truffles and cheese curds have a very short life, so that made it all very special getting those two ingredients at the same time!
Photography and "Mission Impossible Poutine" creation © Bottle and Brush Studio 2018
This recipe is published in ABC Organic Gardener Magazine issue #142 Winter 2023.