brown butter

noun

Definition of brown butter

: butter that has been heated in a pan until it has a light brown color and a nutty flavor and aroma Serve bisque topped with mushrooms and drizzled with brown butter.Gourmet, November 2002

called also beurre noisette

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First Known Use of brown butter

1725, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown butter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown%20butter. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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