5 Reasons Why Everything Is Better with Browned Butter

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Brown-Butter Polenta with Sausage and Mushroom Ragu Aired November 08, 2016

Browned butter is exactly what it sounds like -- except it tastes WAY better! Basically, you just cook butter until it turns a deep honey color. It creates a nutty flavor that you just can’t get from regular melted butter. Use it as a finishing sauce for pasta dishes, or even put it in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (be sure to cool the butter down and refrigerate the dough before baking).

Once you try it, you’ll be looking for reasons to use it in everything. Here are our best browned butter recipes to get you started.

Brown-Butter Polenta with Sausage and Mushroom Ragu
 

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

In this recipe, Rach browns butter in a saucepot with sage, then stirs it into cheesy, creamy polenta. She tops the polenta with a hearty porcini mushroom ragu -- the perfect dish for a chilly night.

Brown Butter Basted Egg
 

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

We bet you’ve never had an egg like this before! We also bet that once you do, you won’t be able to stop. It’s so easy to make (all you’re doing is browning butter in a pan and spooning it over a hard boiled egg). Serve this at your next brunch gathering to really impress your guests!

Maple Pork Chops with Brown Butter, Apples and Onions
 

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

These pork chops are the definition of sweet and savory! Apples, onions and sage are cooked till tender in the beautifully golden brown butter and served alongside maple pork chops.

Saltimbocca Brown Butter Ravioli with Pumpkin

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

Could cheese ravioli with pumpkin and pancetta get any better? Yes! With the addition of wonderfully fragrant brown butter as a sauce. Spoon it over this and any other pasta dishes you love. You won’t be sorry.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Brown Butter, Applesauce with Thyme, Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show

For this gorgeous fall dish, the butter is browned with a crushed garlic clove, and finished off with a little aged balsamic vinegar. Spoon it over pork chops and serve with sweet and savory applesauce.

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