11/12/2013 10:23 pm ET

Someday You Might Have A Black Truffle, And You Need A Recipe For That Day (PHOTOS)

We want to make sure you are prepared for that day.

It's a crazy world out there, and you never know what will happen. One day, you could be minding your own business and suddenly be presented with an opportunity to buy a real black truffle (Burgundy truffles even popped up on Fresh Direct recently!). If you can afford to, you should absolutely do it this one time, so that you can experience what black truffles really taste and smell like. Oh, you've had truffle oil? Forget everything you think you know about that and dive into the real thing.

We want you to be prepared for this day, so you know what to do with yourself. Real, fresh truffles have a short shelf life and are much more subtle than the fake stuff, so you'll want to eat it as quickly as you can, in as many simple preparations as possible. We pulled together a few of the best black truffle recipes, none of which contain truffle oil. We did cheat just once by using a truffled cheese, but we'll explain why when you get there. Congratulations on your excellent purchase and enjoy the fruits of your wisdom and fortitude.

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