This Homemade Herb Butter is a delicious way to add fresh flavor to almost any dish! Many of us already have our herbs planted now that the weather is superb and there are still those planting herbs yet and filling in spaces while its early in the growing season. The other day in my garden bed while applying mulch around the herbs in my raised beds I caught a whiff of rosemary and oregano from my young plants, and oh was it a delightful and enchanting whisper of things to come.
There are so many uses for herbs. Sometimes it’s a special condiment or subtle taste that makes a meal. Herb butters, sometimes called compound butters, are a fantastic ace to have up your culinary sleeve. While most any herb will enhance the butter, common ones that are frequently used are parsley, chives, tarragon, rosemary and oregano.
HOW TO MAKE HERB BUTTER AT HOME:
If you’ve never had herb butter, you are in for a treat. Herb butter is made by simply combining butter and other ingredients and then used to enhance the flavor of dishes. It usually is formed into a log, chilled until firm and sliced to serve on foods. Typically, it’s flavored with herbs and garlic, but you can use sweet things such as honey, cinnamon, and sugar, too. Here’s what you need.
1 cup (packed) fresh herb leaves (such as flat-leaf parsley, chives, and tarragon)
1/2 small garlic clove
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Pulse herbs and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. Add butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice and process until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
Plan Ahead of Time: Butter can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
How do you use herb butter?
Well, the options are almost endless, but when you lather it on steamed or grilled vegetables, let it drizzle all over your corn on the cob, melt it into a baked potato, utilize it in your pastas and side dishes. All in all you can use it any time you want to add pizzazz to any recipe that calls for butter. Try some on fresh bread or toast. For a real treat, spread it on a piece of warm and crusty baguette. The flavor of the herbs just comes alive and tastes so fresh. You can store compound butters in a covered container such as a mason jar in the refrigerator. If you would like a more formal look for your compound butter, shape it into a log on a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap, roll it tightly and chill until ready to use.
We have a diverse selection of quality herbs for planting, some companion planting containers and all the amendments and fertilizers you’ll need if you’re just getting started and for those who have been busy as a bee, if you’re like me there’s always room for something else. Check out our garden center selections in Ridgewood New Jersey.