Monday, July 2, 2012

Herbed Butter for Everything







Sometimes the simplest recipes can have the greatest impact on a meal.






Yesterday’s Sunday supper was a summer-style menu with my baked farmers market pork chops (since we live in a downtown apartment, we don’t have a grill), sliced tomatoes and corn on the cob, along with my husband’s favorite birthday baked beans and potatoes roasted with the pork chops.  However, I wanted to add a little pizzazz to the meal, so I mixed up a compound butter to melt on the corn and potatoes.



Compound butters are so easy. Just allow a stick of butter to soften and then mix in your favorite flavors. I chose fresh thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. (Be careful to add more thyme than rosemary, since the rosemary’s pungent flavor could overtake the thyme.) This made a tasty and versatile butter that will taste great melting on top of just about anything—vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, fish, etc. I even plan to test it out with scrambled eggs.



In our household, this butter passed the ultimate test: My husband, The Picky Eater, declared it to be “good” and used it on all every ear of corn he enjoyed! I did the same, plus I allowed the butter to melt over the top of the roasted potatoes. (My husband used ketchup, of course.) I was tempted to put some on my pork chop, but I managed to exercise a little restraint.



Herbed Butter

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
 
Place the butter into a small bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and, using the back of a spoon, mash the ingredients into the butter. Spoon the butter mixture onto a piece of waxed paper and shape into a small log. Roll up the butter into the paper, twist the ends to close, and refrigerated until the butter is firm.

4 comments:

Kathy said...
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Kathy said...

Linda, I have never made herbed butter but, I will be trying it soon….corn season is right around the corner in NJ.
I love your new look and have chosen your blog to receive "The Lovely Blog Award". You can pick it up on my blog!

A Sunflower Life said...

Kathy, thank you so much for The Lovely Blog Award! It is such an honor to get this award from a fellow lovely blogger! I'll be posting about it with my 4th of July post!

Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin said...

I love compound butter! Great idea to sneak some fresh, healthy herbs into your husband's diet with this butter :)