Q.

What is beurre noisette?

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“Beurre noisette” is a French term often translated into English as brown butter (though it actually means “hazelnut butter”).  It is made by melting down butter, and then continuing to cook it until the milk solids suspended in it are toasted.  These toasted solids give the butter a heavenly rich, nutty flavor and aroma…hence “hazelnut butter.”

Brown butter is a delicious condiment or sauce base that can be used on vegetables, poultry, and seafood…it makes a fantastic (and easy) sauce for gourmet pasta, particularly when fresh herbs like sage are added.  It is also used as an ingredient in some French pastries.

How to Brown Butter

Other Butter Terms:
Beurre Fondue
Clarified Butter
Compound Butter




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