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Cranberry Sage Brown Butter

Serving Notes: This flavorful butter is equally good with or without dried cranberries. Serve it during the holidays on potatoes, vegetables or meats.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, divided
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely diced (optional)

1. In a medium skillet, melt one stick of butter over moderate heat. When butter begins to foam, add onion and garlic and continue cooking until butter turns a nut brown color. Remove from heat and stir in sage, salt, and pepper; cool completely.

2. Place the remaining butter in a medium mixing bowl and, with an electric mixer (fitted with a paddle) or wooden spoon, beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides.

3. Add the brown butter mixture and beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides. Stir in cranberries if desired.

4. Scrape into a small bowl, serving crock or butter mold and cover tightly; or shape into a long roll in grease-proof paper (plastic, wax or parchment) for storing and slicing as needed.

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