Garlic Herb Butter is an easy way to transform your butter into a savory delicious blend that is a perfect addition to any dinner table.
You may not have noticed that I actually filed this recipe under the Tips & Tricks section rather than anything else. I did that because you can really add anything you want. Add some chipotle or cayenne to make it spicy, add some honey to make it sweet. Do what whatever you want. The bottom line is that if you have never mixed up a soften cube of butter with something, you are missing out on a whole new world. For this particular butter, I grabbed a handful of whatever herbs were still alive in my yard – those were the strong survivors of the wet Oregon winter and I have mad respect for them. Of course I added a couple gloves of minced garlic because garlic and butter go together like wine and dark chocolate. I whipped them up together, squeezed them back into a cube (or I gave it my best attempt to look like a cube – whatever – the taste is what matters). I served this up when we had a bunch of people over for dinner and let me tell you, every one of my guests raved about the garlic herb butter.
Now, if I really wanted to get all fancy on you, I would have spread the butter into little rose shaped wells of a silicon candy forming mold, frozen them, and given everyone 1-2 special shaped little pieces of butter on an equally fancy plate. I’m lucky if I use an actual serving dish rather than slop the food on a plate straight out of the pot, so I didn’t get around to making any fancy butter designs this go around. But maybe someday… As you can see from my just slightly out of focus picture below how wonderfully this butter melts on a hot piece of bread. Oh yes, this will certainly make your carb intake go up exponentially.
Garlic Herb Butter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup fresh herbs minced (any combination of rosemary, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley)
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- Combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse until well combined, 10-15 pulses.
- Use a rubber spatula to transfer garlic herb butter mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap that's about 10x10 inches in size. Wrap butter and shape into the size of a cube so that it can fit in your butter dish (I use plastic wrap and foil boxes to help shape the straight edges). Refrigerate until firm. Alternatively, you can transfer butter to small silicon candy molds and refrigerate until firm for individual portions.