Brown Is The New Black: What Is Brown Butter and How To Use It
I suppose I could be using other markers to divide up my life, but this seems like a fairly important life event, akin to a graduation, or a marriage, or the birth of a child. Okay, okay, perhaps not quite as significant. But pretty damn important.
Start the butter in a cold skillet. Use a pan that isn’t dark, since seeing the color of the butter change would be difficult if the bottom of the pan is black. Use a medium-low flame to melt the stick of butter into a puddle of liquid. Swish and swirl the pan to help make sure it melts evenly.
Then, turn the flame just a hair higher, to help that butter become all wonderfully foamy. Cheerful and excited noises should be emanating from the pan. Make sure to carefully watch the particles at the bottom of the pan, they quickly become golden brown. When they do change color, remove the pan from the heat. If you aren't careful, you can quickly burn the particles.
So now that you've made it, what do you do with it?
The answer is anything and everything!
Sweet: It melds wonderfully into sweet treats– running the gamut from chocolate to fruit. Brown butter can go into chocolate chip cookies and rice krispie treats, and muffins and quick breads, and brownies. Need more ideas? Here are some sweet recipes using brown butter:
Brown Butter Spaghetti with Baby Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash