Why is it that the adjective “buttery” is so often used to describe food and drink? Clearly butter is highly desirable, and for good reason; it has a divine, slightly sweet and delicate flavor, a rich and creamy feel in your mouth and
there is just no imitation that can come close to the real thing! To describe food or drink as buttery has a seductive effect, clearly meant to lure you in.
If one were to watch a cooking show, you might hear the chef say something like, “Mmmm, this soup is so rich and buttery”, you may even see a ‘white-eyed roll back’ (if you’re lucky) behind those fluttering lashes! I know if you watch
a particular cooking show, you are sure to see the chef dump plenty of extra butter in to her recipe, while saying something like this; ‘More butter makes everything taste better’, indeed!
If one were to flip through a cookbook, a gourmet magazine, a wine guide or even allrecipes.com, one would see so many foods and drink described as having a ‘buttery flavor’.
Here are some of the more common ones below:
*Many cheeses are touted as being buttery, like Brie, Camembert and Gouda.
*Wine, especially chardonnay, is often described as having a buttery taste, or to leave a buttery flavor on the tongue. (Showing a little wine snobbery here!)
* Some beers boast of having a buttery taste. You can even find a recipe for ‘butter beer’ like they drink at Hogwart’s…for all you Harry Potter fans out there.
* Avocados are buttery. They have a buttery flesh, as well as buttery flavor, so they say.
*Pastry is surely rich and buttery! Perfect pastry must start with real butter…no wonder it’s so rich, tender, and…well, buttery.
*Good cuts of beef, like filet…are buttery or they cut 'like butter'.
*Syrups are buttery….just have a look at their labels, it says so right there! But I bet there is no butter listed on the ingredients.
*Fake butters and margarines brag of being buttery, so much so that you might not believe it’s not actually butter!
*How about a Hot Toddy?, buttery to say the least thanks to the REAL butter that makes an appearance.
Apparently, in the olden days…way olden days….Germans used to clean themselves with it.
After a day or so…things got a little ‘ripe’! In ancient times, Greeks and Romans used butter as a medicine on wounds and skin problems.
Just look at how far we’ve come; at some state fairs, like in Iowa or Texas, you can buy fried butter on a stick to go!
If you don’t believe me, check out the link below:
You can do lots of things with butter besides baking or cooking with it; you can clarify it, make Ghee, whip it (whip it good), you can brown it, make drawn butter, add in flavoring or herbs to make compound butters, heck…you can even
butter someone up to try and get what you want!
Just be sure to use the ‘REAL’ thing!
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