Artisan Butter Pairings


Artisan butter pairings: a touch of refinement in every dish

Artisan butter is not just an ingredient, it is a real star in the kitchen. It adds depth of flavor and creates a rich, creamy texture that cannot be replicated with other types of fat. In addition to flavor and texture, artisan butter has many other benefits. It is rich in fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K and contains beneficial fatty acids.

Whether spread on fresh bread, used to make a creamy sauce for pasta, or to add a finishing touch to a fish dish, artisan butter is a true all-rounder in the kitchen. But chefs don't limit themselves to the classics. They are constantly experimenting with new combinations, using artisan butter in surprising ways. How about a lemon and lavender butter to season a grilled fish, or an herb butter to accompany a juicy steak?

When it comes to choosing artisan butter, make sure it is fresh and of high quality. You can recognize it by its pale yellow color, creamy texture, and rich, slightly sweet flavor. Artisan butter should be stored in the fridge to maintain its freshness. It can be frozen to extend its shelf life, but remember to wrap it well to prevent the absorption of strange odors.

Whether you are an experienced cook or a novice in the kitchen, using artisan butter can really make a difference in your dishes. Not only does it improve flavor and texture, but it also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. So why not try cooking with artisan butter today?

Gourmet recipes with butter

  1. Risotto with butter and sage: a classic of Italian cuisine. To prepare it, sauté some rice in a pan with a generous piece of artisan butter. Add hot stock a little at a time, stirring constantly. When the rice is almost cooked, add more butter knobs and fresh sage leaves. Stir well until the risotto is creamy and flavorful.
  2. Chicken with butter and lemon: Chicken is marinated in lemon juice, garlic and thyme, then cooked in a pan with a generous amount of artisan butter. The result is succulent chicken with a delicious golden crust, perfect to serve with a side of grilled vegetables.
  3. Spaghetti with butter and parmesan cheese: a simple but delicious recipe. Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted water, then drain and transfer to a pan with melted artisanal butter. Add lots of grated Parmigiano Reggiano and mix well until the pasta is creamy and full of flavor.
  4. Baked vegetables with herb butter: a rich and flavorful side dish. Cut your favorite vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots, zucchini) into chunks, then season them with artisan herb butter (such as rosemary, thyme, parsley). Bake at 200°C until the vegetables are golden brown and crispy.
  5. Baked fish with lemon butter: a light and tasty dish. Place a fish fillet (such as sea bass) on a sheet of baking paper, then season it with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a knob of artisan butter. Close the foil and bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes. The fish will turn out succulent and rich in flavor, thanks to the butter.

Gourmet desserts with butter

  1. Butter cookies: to make these crisp and crumbly cookies, you will need artisan butter, sugar, flour and a pinch of salt. Mix the ingredients until smooth, then form cookies and bake until golden brown. The butter gives the cookies a rich flavor and unique texture.
  2. Apple Butter Pie: This pie is a timeless classic. Make a shortbread base with artisan butter, then fill it with a layer of sliced apples topped with sugar and cinnamon. Bake until the pie is golden brown and the apples are soft.
  3. Butter and sugar crepes: crepes are a simple but delicious dessert. Make the dough with flour, milk, eggs and a small piece of melted homemade butter, then cook the crepes in a nonstick pan with another small knob of butter. Serve them warm with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
  4. Butter Madeleines: these French treats are famous for their shell shape and buttery flavor. To prepare them, mix artisan butter with sugar until creamy, then add the eggs, flour and baking powder. Bake in a madeleine mold until golden brown and puffy.
  5. Scottish Shortbread: these cookies consist of only three ingredients: artisan butter, sugar and flour. Mix the butter with sugar, then add flour and knead until smooth. Shape cookies and bake in the oven until golden brown. The result will be a crispy cookie with a rich buttery flavor.

Artisan butter in gourmet dining

In Michelin-starred chefs' kitchens, artisanal butter is a valuable and multifunctional ingredient. It is used not only for its ability to improve the flavor and texture of dishes, but also for its key role in the making of sauces, desserts, and pastries. Artisan butter is often used as a base for sauces and stir-fries. For example, it can be melted over low heat and used to gently sauté onions, garlic or other vegetables, releasing their flavors without burning them. Also, in combination with flour, butter can create a roux, the base for many classic sauces such as béchamel.

In baking, artisanal butter plays a key role. It is a key ingredient in the preparation of pastries, cookies and cakes, helping to give them a crumbly texture and rich flavor. For example, it is essential in the preparation of shortcrust pastry, used for cakes and cookies, or in puff pastry, used for croissants and mille-feuilles. Star chefs often use artisan butter as a finishing ingredient to add a luxurious touch to their dishes. For example, a knob of butter can be added to a risotto or soup right before serving to make it even creamier and tastier. Or, it can be melted and brushed on breads and buns before baking to give them a shiny, golden crust.

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