beurre blanc


: a seasoned butter sauce (as for fish) flavored with white wine, shallots, and vinegar or lemon juice

Examples of beurre blanc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make the beurre blanc: To a small pot over medium heat, add the peppercorns, lemon, shallot, and white wine. David Guas, Saveur, 28 Mar. 2024 The fish sits atop a full plate of velvety beurre blanc perforated with umami capers from the Mongers’ stash and a fresh lime wedge. Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2024 The French feast that followed—filet de boeuf au poivre, halibut au beurre blanc, and poulet fermier croustillant—defied any assumptions about the light fare so often served at fashion week fetes. Ian Malone, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 For example, a roasted fish dish in Northern France would be served with a beurre blanc sauce, but fish on the French-Italian Riviera would arrive at the table in a vierge sauce, made with white balsamic vinegar, shallots, olive oil, tomato concassé and fines herbes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 Dishes include chicken served with miso beurre blanc and truffle and wild mushrooms accompanied by a white chocolate béarnaise. Jinnie Lee Kurt Soller Caitie Kelly Gisela Williams Roxanne Fequiere Elissa Suh, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 The new dinner menu — with six starters, six entrees and six desserts — includes dishes like salmon in beurre blanc, coq au vin, beef Bourguignon and cassoulet. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2023 The upmarket surf-and-turf says it all: halibut, topped with trout roe and beurre blanc paired with an eight-ounce A5 wagyu. Kathy A. McDonald, Variety, 7 Sep. 2023 The kitchen embodies the idea that sustainability can still be pleasurable in plant-forward dishes such as baked cabbage with pickled cabbage trimmings in sorrel beurre blanc dusted with dried, smoked lamb’s heart. Betsy Andrews, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023

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Word History


French, literally, white butter

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beurre blanc was in 1958

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“Beurre blanc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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