September 2003 Edition
Beguiling Butter

Butter is as old as time, and has been used for centuries by cooks from all over the world. The bible makes reference to butter and there is evidence to suggest that butter was made by all different cultures in all parts of the world.

Oddly enough, it's possible that this culinary delight may have been discovered by accident. It is thought that nomadic peoples, who collected milk from goats and cattle, may have accidentally churned their cream into butter while on the move. And, there is support for this theory as it is known that early Mexicans put cream in a bag which was mounted on the back of a spirited horse and taken for a ride. When the journey ended, the churning process was deemed to be complete.

Today's butter benefits from being commercially produced and is the product of the knowledge and experience gained by commercial production over the years, ensuring quality, consistency and a longer refrigerated shelf life.

The rich full flavour and texture of butter adds life to countless recipes. Favoured by gourmets the world over, butter is preferred for its distinctive taste and unsurpassed cooking qualities. Tempt your customers with the timeless quality and fresh taste of butter from Sysco - it's sure to provide palate-pleasing results.ยจ

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Grilled Salmon with Pistachio Basil Butter

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Yield: 24 servings, 6 ounces each


Metric Imperial

Sysco Natural fresh basil leaves 1 L 1 qt

Toasted, shelled pistachios 425 mL 1 3/4 cups

Fresh lime juice 50 mL 1/4 cup

Garlic, minced 30 mL 2 Tbsp

Unsalted butter at room temperature 425 mL 1 3/4 cups

Salt rounds, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Alaska salmon steaks, thawed if necessary 24 (180 g) 24 (6 oz)


  • Combine basil, one cup (250 mL) pistachios, lime juice and garlic in bowl of food processor; process until finely chopped.
  • Add butter; process until well combined. Remove mixture from processor.
  • Chop remaining 3/4 cup (175 mL) pistachios; stir into butter mixture.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper. Hold at room temperature until ready to serve.
  • For each serving: Season one salmon steak with salt and pepper. Grill on well-oiled grill 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 cm) from heat for 10 minutes per inch (2.5 cm) of thickness, or until fish is just cooked through. Top each serving with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) Pistachio Basil Butter.