Short Stack Editions - Butter by Dorie Greenspan

The Short Stack Editions are a collection of single subject titles where retro design meets contemporary recipes. These books  are penned by well-known authors and available directly from the Short Stack Editions website. Each volume has a home-spun feel and always deliver a collection of recipes you will turn to time and again.  

Short Stack Vol 30: Butter by Dorie Greenspan is the edition every cook must own. Here, Dorie Greenspan gives us a spread of recipes with classic French roots that remind us why butter is the reigning champion in our kitchens. 

From delicious pastries to savory main dishes, there is something for everyone here. Just look at the cover, I was admiring the design and colors this morning, when I noticed that the pattern is comprised of sticks of butter. In my defense, I just received the book yesterday and was too busy enjoying the contents that I missed the obvious.

Dorie starts out with the basics before going on to recipes that include Cinnamon-chile caramel corn, Cornmeal waffles, Frontier clam chowder and Buttermilk biscuits. Anything by Dorie is a must-have and Short Stack editions are definitely keepers. 

The publisher is offering three copies of Butter to our members in the US. Please be sure to enter our contest at the bottom of this article. In the meantime,  try the Butter-browned onion galette which makes a great appetizer for the holidays.  


Butter-browned onion galette
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Onions are chameleons: Eat them raw and they're like apples; cook them lightly and they soften and sweeten; cook them for a long time in butter and they turn darker and sweeter still, and as they caramelize, the butter takes on a nutlike flavor. They're a marvel in this rustic open-faced galette, the French version of a crostata, which you could finish off with some lightly dressed arugula. Keep these caramelized onions in mind for other dishes. They're great as a topping for a burger, layered into a grilled cheese sandwich and served as a bed for mashed potatoes or grilled meat.

1⁄2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2 large Vidalia onions-peeled, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 rosemary sprigs
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 Sweet & Savory Butter Crust (*see recipe below), rolled out
Parmesan shards
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes. Turn the heat to low, stir in the salt, sugar and rosemary and cook, stirring often, until the onions color deeply, about 40 minutes. Don't rush it!

Season with pepper and remove the rosemary sprigs. Remove from the heat, set the skillet aside to cool and stir in the grated Parmesan. Preheat the oven to 400°. Lay the crust out on a parchment-paper- or silicone-mat-lined baking sheet. Spread the onions over the crust leaving a 2-inch border. Gently lift the border up and fold it over the onions. If the dough is too cold and cracks, wait a few minutes. The dough will pleat and be uneven, and that's just what you want.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust and onions are toasty brown.

Place the galette on a rack and let it cool for 10 minutes before scattering the Parmesan shards over the top. Cut the galette with a pizza wheel and serve. 

Sweet & savory butter crust
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Use this dough for any kind of tart or quiche or even galettes-and any time a recipe calls for pâte brisée. It's truly an all-purpose and truly delicious crust. Bake it to a good golden brown so that you can really appreciate the caramel and nut flavors that are the hallmark of an all-butter crust.

1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 stick (6 tablespoons) very cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 large egg
1 teaspoon ice water

Makes one 9 in. tart or 1 galette

In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt. Scatter over the bits of butter and pulse until they're coarsely chopped into the mix. In a small bowl, beat the egg and water together, add the mixture to the machine in three parts and pulse after each one. You want a moist dough that holds together when it's pinched. Turn the dough onto a counter, flatten into a disk and place between sheets of parchment or wax paper.

To make a tart crust: Roll out the dough and fit it into a tart pan. Chill (or freeze) the dough for at least 1 hour before baking.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Press a piece of buttered foil on top of the crust and fill with dry rice or beans. Place the pan on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for 20 minutes, remove the foil and weights and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the crust cool to room temperature. To make a galette: Roll the freshly made dough into an 11-inch circle and refrigerate (or freeze) it for at least 1 hour before using.

Proceed with the directions for making the Butter-Browned Onion Galette (see recipe above).


The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • lgroom  on  11/17/2017 at 10:06 AM

    Vanilla butter cookies.

  • sdg8trgrl  on  11/17/2017 at 10:29 AM

    Spatchcocked butterball chicken

  • NaomiH  on  11/17/2017 at 10:52 AM

    Cinnamon-chile caramel corn, the first recipe! I love popcorn, it is a big weakness.

  • rchesser  on  11/17/2017 at 12:12 PM

    French chocolate tart

  • kmn4  on  11/17/2017 at 12:25 PM

    Lemon curd

  • cindymisho  on  11/17/2017 at 12:27 PM

    The sweet and savory butter crust. It just sounds amazing.

  • heyjude  on  11/17/2017 at 1:11 PM

    Robuchon-ish Potatoes

  • eileen2015  on  11/17/2017 at 1:40 PM

    French chocolate tart. Yummy

  • josephinetomato  on  11/17/2017 at 2:04 PM

    Robuchon-ish potatoes

  • davisesq212  on  11/17/2017 at 2:41 PM

    Vanilla butter cookies or the french chocolate tart would be my first choice.

  • tmcginty  on  11/17/2017 at 4:05 PM

    lemon curd

  • ktwalla  on  11/17/2017 at 4:15 PM

    French Chocolate Tart

  • jezpurr  on  11/17/2017 at 4:44 PM

    Vanilla Butter Cookies and more!!!^_^

  • lpatterson412  on  11/17/2017 at 5:34 PM

    I would love to try the Frontier Clam Chowder recipe, always on the lookout for a good one!

  • mpdeb98  on  11/17/2017 at 7:24 PM

    Butter-browned onion galette

  • MarshaG  on  11/17/2017 at 9:51 PM

    Robuchon potatoes!

  • contest718  on  11/18/2017 at 12:57 AM

    Pear-cranberry crisp

  • RSW  on  11/18/2017 at 6:24 AM

    Miso-butter double-salmon rillettes

  • ChefTamiMitchell  on  11/18/2017 at 6:56 AM

    I love Dorie

  • vickster  on  11/18/2017 at 7:32 AM

    French Chocolate Tart (I have all Dorie's books and would love this one!)

  • Joy001  on  11/18/2017 at 8:02 AM

    Vanilla butter cookies!

  • slimmer  on  11/18/2017 at 8:54 AM

    The scallops!

  • t.t  on  11/18/2017 at 11:02 AM

    French chocolate tart

  • ravensfan  on  11/18/2017 at 3:33 PM

    Frontier clam chowder

  • bstewart  on  11/18/2017 at 5:46 PM

    Buttermilk biscuits!

  • Shana.  on  11/18/2017 at 7:05 PM

    Meunière-style flounder

  • madelainelc  on  11/19/2017 at 8:06 PM

    Frontier clam chowder. Yum!

  • jc214a  on  11/20/2017 at 7:48 AM

    The Cheese Puffs would be great for a holiday party.

  • robynsanyal  on  11/20/2017 at 10:23 AM

    Frontier clam chowder

  • sarahawker  on  11/20/2017 at 3:35 PM

    Vanilla butter cookies

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/20/2017 at 4:57 PM

    cinnamon chile caramel corn

  • thecharlah  on  11/20/2017 at 9:39 PM

    Miso-butter double-salmon rillettes

  • jfrmpls  on  11/20/2017 at 10:43 PM

    Cheese puffs!

  • Scotsman61  on  11/20/2017 at 10:51 PM

    French chocolate tart

  • NancyLynn  on  11/21/2017 at 1:22 AM


  • cookn  on  11/21/2017 at 2:46 AM

    Butter roasted spiced almonds

  • Teachnstamp  on  11/21/2017 at 5:43 AM


  • fbrunetti  on  11/21/2017 at 12:05 PM

    Spatchcocked butterball chicken

  • VeryVigario  on  11/21/2017 at 8:35 PM

    Pear-cranberry crisp... my sweet tooth is calling :)

  • mcrimmins  on  11/22/2017 at 2:31 PM

    Cheese Puffs

  • amylou61  on  11/24/2017 at 5:18 PM

    Of try the Butter-poached scallops in a pouch. Sounds yummy.

  • LaurenE  on  11/24/2017 at 8:17 PM

    lemon curd

  • AnnaZed  on  11/24/2017 at 11:06 PM

    Butter-roasted spiced almonds

  • schesshire  on  11/25/2017 at 9:09 AM

    French Chocolate tart

  • PennyG  on  11/26/2017 at 1:48 PM

    Mmmmmm ... Miso-butter double-salmon rillettes.

  • daniellespinato1  on  11/27/2017 at 12:38 PM

    Vanilla butter cookies

  • sgump  on  11/27/2017 at 3:15 PM

    The ginger and lime in the pear-cranberry crisp sound intriguing . . . perhaps a good recipe for the end-of-year holidays?

  • dbielick  on  11/28/2017 at 9:29 AM

    Butter-poached scallops in a pouch

  • infotrop  on  11/28/2017 at 12:00 PM

    Pear-cranberry crisp (butter!)

  • PeavineBlues  on  11/29/2017 at 8:54 AM

    Pate brisee

  • bamato  on  11/29/2017 at 1:31 PM

    Cornmeal waffles!

  • Sfgordon  on  11/29/2017 at 3:00 PM

    butter glazed turnips!

  • skipeterson  on  11/30/2017 at 12:56 PM

    Coddled eggs and buttered soldiers

  • Uhmandanicole  on  11/30/2017 at 5:16 PM

    Butter-glazed turnips

  • jluvs2bake  on  11/30/2017 at 7:38 PM

    butter-glazed turnips sound like a must-try

  • Laura1  on  12/1/2017 at 7:40 PM

    definitely the butter glazed turnips

  • AnneOther  on  12/1/2017 at 8:38 PM

    Count me in for the Vanilla Butter Cookies!

  • jenmacgregor18  on  12/1/2017 at 9:26 PM

    Another one for the Chile cinnamon caramel corn

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:33 AM

    Béarnaise sauce and grilled steak

  • Larkspur  on  12/2/2017 at 8:41 AM

    Butter roasted spiced almonds

  • emilyluvs2bake  on  12/3/2017 at 10:58 AM

    Cheese puffs!

  • stephlinde  on  12/6/2017 at 2:42 PM

    Lemon curd

  • lauriesk  on  12/6/2017 at 4:32 PM

    The first recipe I would try is Vanilla butter cookies.

  • itadakimasu  on  12/6/2017 at 6:28 PM

    lemon curd since I have a lemon tree

  • PanNan  on  12/7/2017 at 8:07 AM

    Meuniere style flounder

  • sipa  on  12/7/2017 at 9:26 AM

    Meunière-style flounder

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 10:54 AM

    Cornmeal waffles

  • Siegal  on  12/8/2017 at 9:12 AM

    I want to make corneal waffles

  • BethFishReads  on  12/8/2017 at 2:40 PM

    Butter-browned onion galette

  • peglynn  on  12/8/2017 at 2:52 PM

    Pressed and grilled cheese sandwich!

  • Lafauvette  on  12/8/2017 at 3:36 PM

    cheese puffs!

  • HomespunHouse  on  12/8/2017 at 4:03 PM

    Sweet and savory butter crust

  • Nancith  on  12/8/2017 at 4:27 PM

    Pear cranberry crisp would be lovely at this time of year.

  • Dmartin997  on  12/8/2017 at 5:27 PM

    Pear cranberry crisp

  • Knordahl  on  12/8/2017 at 6:01 PM

    Onion galette

  • Dulcey  on  12/8/2017 at 6:30 PM

    Buttermilk biscuits

  • percussion03  on  12/8/2017 at 8:31 PM

    The galette!

  • Globegal  on  12/8/2017 at 8:43 PM

    Bread and chocolate

  • Julia  on  12/8/2017 at 10:52 PM

    Frontier clam chowder.

  • JAkers  on  12/9/2017 at 3:45 AM

    Lemon Curd!

  • nadiam1000  on  12/9/2017 at 6:44 AM

    chile cinnamon caramel corn

  • PeavineBlues  on  12/9/2017 at 9:13 AM

    Butter crust

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/9/2017 at 12:51 PM

    Vanilla butter cookies

  • cocecitycook  on  12/10/2017 at 10:51 AM

    Butter browned Onion gallette. Yum, making this for dinner tonight!

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 7:01 PM

    Butter-glazed turnips

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/11/2017 at 6:07 PM

    Cornmeal waffles

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  12/11/2017 at 10:20 PM

    The Sweet and savory butter crust.

  • tararr  on  12/12/2017 at 2:50 PM

    Frontier clam chowder

  • Stakra12  on  12/14/2017 at 12:13 AM

    Pressed and grilled cheese

  • tfaleimu  on  12/14/2017 at 3:22 PM

    Butter-glazed turnips. Because it's fall and my CSA has provided me with LOTS of turnips.

  • Floramaven  on  12/14/2017 at 10:50 PM

    French Chocolate Tart-although I think we will enjoy a lot out of this book. Braised turnips and radishes are excellent!

  • JFAdams  on  12/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

    Miso butter double salmon rillettes

  • leilx  on  12/15/2017 at 9:50 PM

    Cinnamon/chili caramel corn! Because we are making caramel corn right at this moment and I’d love to try another recipe.

  • BMeyer  on  12/16/2017 at 6:30 PM

    Pear cranberry tart

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:11 PM

    Butter Poached Scallops

  • lovelily1001  on  12/18/2017 at 10:15 PM

    Frontier clam chowder--- sounds intriguing and probably amazing!

  • eileen2015  on  12/21/2017 at 9:23 AM

    Buttered poached scallops

  • ltsuk  on  12/21/2017 at 9:58 PM

    butter poached scallops in a pouch

  • Lucicat  on  12/21/2017 at 10:57 PM

    coddled eggs and buttered soldiers

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