If You Haven't Tried Baking With Kerrygold Butter, Here's Exactly Why You Should
When it comes to culinary exports, Ireland is known for much more than Guinness beer and Jameson. The country is also home to one of the butters most cherished by home and professional cooks alike: Kerrygold. So what makes Kerrygold butter so special?
Let's begin with its appearance: compare Kerrygold (pictured on the top) to conventional American butter (shown on the bottom). Kerrygold has a deep straw color, rather than the pale, chalky color of standard butter. And no, Kerrygold butter isn't dyed with artificial colors to amp up its golden hue; the dairy cows graze on Ireland's emerald-green grass 10 months out of the year, and the beta-carotene in the fresh grass contributes to the rich color. In contrast, most conventional dairy cows in America don't have the luxury of grazing freely on green pastures and are fed a diet that consists of corn and soybeans.
In my opinion, even the greatest beurre Français doesn't hold a candle to Kerrygold in flavor. I'll never forget my first experience eating it: I melted a tablespoon on a hot piece of toast and took a bite. It was the best butter I had ever experienced. I quickly and unapologetically slathered another tablespoon on my toast until it became saturated in the unctuous fat. Creamy and sweet with a pure butter flavor, Kerrygold is so fresh-tasting, it will make you think a farmer has just hand-churned the butter for you that day!
Such a luxurious butter must have an outrageous price tag to match, right? Wrong! At my local Whole Foods, the butter is usually on sale at two for $5. It should be noted that each Kerrygold stick is the equivalent of two standard American sticks of butter. It's even available at Trader Joe's. Test Kerrygold butter for yourself and prepare to fall into a passionate butter love affair. These are the best recipes to use it with, so get ready to experience butter like never before!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Irish Soda Bread With Kerrygold
This authentic soda bread recipe comes straight from an Irish great-grandmother, so you know it's legit. Not only is it made with Kerrygold butter, but make sure you have enough extra for slathering on the bread when it's warm out of the oven.
Get the recipe: Irish soda bread
Buttermilk Pancakes With Kerrygold
Adding a warm chunk of Kerrygold on top of a stack of freshly made pancakes will take your breakfast game to the next level.
Get the recipe: buttermilk pancakes
Crescent Cinnamon Rolls With Kerrygold
You can make these mouthwateringly good cinnamon rolls in 30 minutes, so get cookin'! You'll be able to taste the rich butter with every bite.
Get the recipe: crescent cinnamon rolls
Kerrygold Clarified Butter
When cooking with butter straight out of the fridge, it has a higher chance of burning because it contains milk solids that lower its smoke point. One simple way to prevent this is to create clarified butter, and Kerrygold is a great choice to use.
Get the recipe: clarified butter
British Scones With Kerrygold
Crumbly, soft, and made with rich butter, you won't be able to pass up one of these melt-in-your-mouth scones.
Get the recipe: British scones
Colcannon With Kerrygold
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that consists of mashed potatoes mixed with kale or cabbage, green onion, and Irish bacon. Top it off with Kerrygold to make it complete.
Get the recipe: colcannon with kale and pancetta