If you have to ask, you can’t afford it: a bounty of white truffle shaved onto scrambled eggs (photo George Guarino | Eataly Chicago.  The affordable version (photo courtesy Saveur, along with their recipe to make perfect scrambled eggs).
For the wealthy gourmet, there are truffled scrambled eggs that consist of the richest, butteriest, farm-fresh eggs scrambled and topped with pricey truffle shavings.
You can pay a supplement of $100, $200 or more, depending on the amount of truffle. After all, for the 2016-2017 winter truffle harvest, white Alba truffles from Italy, considered the zenith of truffles, cost a small fortune:
The smallest size were $229.50/ounce, $3,672.00/pound.
Large truffles were $2,880 per ounce, $11,520 per pound.
Extra-large and colossal were even more!
Small Périgord truffles were $100/ounce, $1600 per pound, and up.
Large Périgord truffles were $805/ounce, $3220 per pound, and up.
Black Périgord truffles, our personal favorite from France, are a bargain by comparison:
If you’re drooling at the prospect but lacking in cash, you can feel better because fresh truffles won’t be back until November.
TRUFFLES FOR REGULAR FOLKS
We’ve gotten around our challenged purse for years with the following work-arounds. Delicious scrambled eggs can be made with:
Truffle butter. You can buy it for less than $12 for a three-ounce tub. It provides the aroma of fresh truffles, and some of the their flavor.
Truffle oil. If you don’t want to cook your eggs in butter (but in our opinion, there’s no substitute for butter with scrambled eggs), Urbani white truffle oil is about $30 for 8.4 ounces. Black truffle oil, by comparison, is $18.75 for the same size.
Truffle salt. Replace your regular salt with truffle salt. It isn’t a huge impact, but every little bit helps if you’re using the butter or oil. We use Casina Rossa’s Italian Truffled Sea Salt from Italy. It’s $36.75 for 3.4 ounces. That’s a lot, but since you use a pinch at a time, it lasts a long time. You can split the jar with a fellow cook.
All prices are from Gourmet Food Store.
And of course, each of these products has uses beyond scrambled eggs.
If you’ve been saving a jar or can of truffle shavings, it’s time to put them to good use.Another variation of truffled scrambled eggs follows, courtesy of Maille mustard.
Ideally, you need to infuse the eggs the day before.