By Flavor & The Menu
January 8, 2023
Brown butter provides a chef-driven sense of refinement and thoughtful care that highlights intriguing flavor notes in much the same way that miso does. Instead of providing miso’s umami, brown butter adds a subtle, toasty, rich essence.
DANIEL CARPENTER, Managing Director and Partner, Sterling-Rice Group
From its use in coffee to butter boards, butter itself is ripe for innovation, so bringing brown butter into existing categories as a flavor or line extension just makes sense. Imagine a brown butter-blended shake or brown butter in an ice cream base with a burnt caramel cookie mix in. Flavored butters are also popping up on burgers, and a brown butter would be a fantastic complement to the right burger build. Brown butter also tastes great as a sweetened coffee syrup, complementing the coffee and cream or non-dairy “milk” richness.
JEFF MILLER, Founder and Co-CEO, Cutting Edge Innovation
Brown butter is so delicious and incredibly complex it can elevate numerous dishes from savory to sweet. Some of the best dishes I’ve eaten incorporate it as a stealthy sweet, earthy, roasted salty goodness!
CHRIS AQUILINO, Chief Culinary Officer, Further Culinary Group
From the 2023 Top 10 Trends issue of Flavor & The Menu, for chefs and menu developers. Read full issue online.