Beloved Butter Pairings Published Feb 14, 2008 10:00 AM Food André Baranowski SHARE Sure, a drizzle of olive oil in your spring pea soup is swell, but when it comes to this bright-flavored dish, we think a pat of butter is even better; it gives the soup a rich, rounded texture. André Baranowski Methodically eating a steamed artichoke, dunking one leaf after another in melted butter and then scraping away the tender flesh with our teeth, is one of our favorite ways to celebrate spring; the butter complements the vegetable’s earthiness and tames its astringency. André Baranowski Saucisson sec (or salami) and butter on a baguette, a bistro snack in France, is a revelatory combination for those unaccustomed to pairing butter with cured meat; the butter softens the meat’s sharp flavors and adds another delicious dimension. André Baranowski Few dishes express the understated refinement of Italian cookery better than spaghetti with butter, grated parmigiano-reggiano, and black pepper; butter bridges the nutty-tasting cheese and the pepper’s heat to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts. André Baranowski Woodsy-tasting morel mushrooms soak up butter like little sponges when the two ingredients are united in a saute pan. The mushrooms, in turn, release their juices in a deeply flavored sauce. André Baranowski In the Netherlands and Indonesia (formerly a Dutch colony), white bread with butter and chocolate sprinkles is a favorite breakfast treat. The combination calls to mind a deconstructed pain au chocolat. André Baranowski Nothing satisfies quite like a generous smear of butter on a plain old saltine cracker; it’s no-frills bliss. André Baranowski MORE TO READ RELATED The Pescatarian Asado: Reframing Argentina’s Native Bounty Jorgelina Mandarina is developing a new restaurant fed by her home province’s famed rivers. READ NOW RELATED Sheldon Simeon’s Essential Hawaiian Pantry Everything you need to start cooking like an... RELATED 10 Hawaiian Recipes to Transport You to the Islands Bring that beach vacation home.