Celebrity chef spreads the word on new Abernethy butter
A celebrity chef has endorsed a new product from Abernethy Butter before it has even launched to market.
Nigella Lawson tweeted about the business’s new black garlic butter last month, sharing an image of a bowl of spaghetti to more than two million of her followers, which used the product as a key ingredient.
Run by husband and wife team Will and Allison Abernethy in Dromara, County Down, Abernethy Butter will be launching the new variety this month.
It is made using black garlic sourced from En Place Foods – an ingredients supplier for foodservice formed by chef Paul Clarke and Peter Hannan of award-winning Hannan Meats.
“We wanted to do something slightly different from other garlic butters,” Allison told FFD, “so when Paul started producing black garlic we decided to try and use it in our butter.”
En Place’s black garlic is fermented for two weeks to create a caramelised and sweet flavour. It gives the butter its brown colour, with added flecks of black running through.
“Black garlic is different from normal garlic,” says Allison. “Normal garlic tends to have a stronger taste which can be quite harsh. Black garlic is milder and sweeter, but you still get that garlic taste in the butter.”
After taste-testing the new butter among chefs, including Nigella Lawson, Allison says the business has been encouraged by the positive feedback and is very excited about launching it to all retail stockists and high-end restaurants.
Available in 100g packs, the new flavour joins the producer’s other award-winning butters: original, smoked, and an Irish dulse butter (seaweed & sea salt).