drawn butter

noun
  1. melted butter, clarified and often seasoned with herbs or lemon juice.
  2. a sauce of melted butter, flour, vegetable or fish stock, and lemon juice.

Origin of drawn butter

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for drawn butter

Historical Examples of drawn butter

  • To add food material, a dressing, such as drawn-butter sauce or mayonnaise dressing, is usually served.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • Make a drawn-butter sauce of one tablespoonful of butter and two tablespoonfuls of flour cooked till the mixture leaves the pan.

  • Add one-half cupful of sliced or chopped hard-boiled eggs to two cupfuls of Drawn-Butter Sauce or sufficient melted butter.

  • Add two or three tablespoonfuls of capers to two cupfuls of Drawn-Butter Sauce.

  • When I brought on the asparagus, he said that in Poland they put burnt bread crumbs into drawn-butter sauce.

    Paris Vistas

    Helen Davenport Gibbons


British Dictionary definitions for drawn butter

drawn butter

noun
  1. melted butter often with seasonings
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