Sage Brown Butter

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This aromatic butter is a classic sauce for gnocchi and squash ravioli. Don’t be afraid to use whole sage leaves here—when they hit the hot butter, they become crisp like chips and their flavor mellows considerably.


8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced

¼ cup sage leaves

½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper


Heat a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat until very hot. Add the butter and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned. Remove pan from the heat; add the sage, salt, and pepper; and stir until the bubbling subsides. Serve the butter warm.


This butter keeps for several days tightly sealed in the refrigerator or several weeks in the freezer.

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Flavored Butters
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