Sunday, January 16, 2011

Old Spaghetti Factory's Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter

Old Spaghetti Factory's Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter
1 cup butter
1 cup Mizithra cheese
pasta of choice
There is a terrific dish served by The Old Spaghetti Factory chain, called Spaghetti with Browned Butter,. It is served topped with shredded Mizithra cheese (a Greek hard cheese). If mizithra is not available (I am able to easily locate it St. Louis at cheese shops and some supermarkets), a blend of ricotta salata and romano is suggested 

Browned Butter Procedure: Cut 2 sticks of butter into 8 pieces and place in a 2-quart sauce pan. Place the pan of butter on a burner on medium heat. Bring butter to a slow boil (about 5 minutes). 

Once the butter begins to boil, stir constantly to prevent residue from sticking to the bottom of the pan. As the butter cooks, it will start to foam and rise. Continue stirring, otherwise the butter foam could overflow (about 5 minutes) and catch fire. 

Once the butter stops foaming and rising, cook until amber in color (about 1 to 2 minutes). It will have a pleasant caramel aroma. 

Turn off the heat and remove pan from burner. Let the sediment settle to the bottom of the pan for a few minutes. 

Pour the brown butter through a strainer into a small bowl. Do not disturb the residue at the bottom of the pan. 

The brown butter can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated in a microwave as needed. 

Boil the pasta of choice until Al Dente. Drain pasta and divide into four servings. Spread 1/4 cup of Mizithra over each pasta serving. Top with 1/4 cup of hot brown butter.
This recipe from CDKitchen for Old Spaghetti Factory's Spaghetti with Burnt Butter serves/makes 4

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