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Marron, truffle and asparagus salad


If marron are unavailable, substitute with lobsters or yabbies.

You'll need

  Marron 6 (about 300gm) cooked marron, meat removed and cut into thirds lengthways 400 gm kipfler potatoes, peeled, boiled and thickly sliced 500 gm white or green asparagus, blanched, then refreshed in iced water and drained 60 gm fresh black truffle, thinly sliced 200 gm curly endive, washed (see note) 2 punnets lamb’s lettuce (mâche), trimmed and washed 1 tbsp chervil leaves   Truffle dressing 1 tbsp aged Agrodolce-style cabernet sauvignon vinegar (see note) 2 tbsp dry white wine 10 gm fresh black truffle, finely chopped 125 ml (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • For truffle dressing, combine vinegar, wine and truffle in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add olive oil in a steady stream, whisking until incorporated. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground white pepper.
  • 02
  • For salad, divide ingredients between serving bowls, drizzle with truffle dressing and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

Note Curly endive and lamb's lettuce are available from specialty greengrocers. Agrodolce-style cabernet sauvignon vinegar is available from Simon Johnson and The Essential Ingredient. The nearest substitute is a good-quality aged red wine vinegar.


Where to buy truffles
You can buy Australian truffles direct from the producers - ask for Al Blakers, of Manjimup Truffles, at the Five Acre Nursery, (08 9771 2258), or get in touch with fellow West Australians The Wine & Truffle Company (www.wineandtruffle.com.au), or Duncan Garvey at Tasmania's Perigord truffles (www.perigord.com.au). Otherwise Simon Johnson stores around the country have WA truffles in stock, as does Brisbane's Black Pearl Epicure, and other smaller premium retailers. If the idea of entering into a truffle co-op appeals but you can't find like-minded fellows, ask suppliers and delis; some - such as Sydney's Black Bull Butchery, in Potts Point - organise their own co-ops, and sell to their customers by the gram.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Bottle-aged Hunter semillon.

Featured in

Jul 2007

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