Herb Butters

Lynnda Cloutier


When you want to impress your guests, make some herb butters. Source unknown


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    1/2 lb. unsalted butter, 2 sticks
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    5 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs and/or herb flowers or 5 tsp. dried herbs or 2 1/2 tsp. herb seeds
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    1 tsp. lemon juice or a few gratings of lemon zest, optional
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    salt and white pepper to taste or dry mustard, paprika, cumin, optional

How to Make Herb Butters


  1. Chop the herbs very fine or pulverize the seeds. Cream butter and blend in herbs and seasonings. Shape as desired and chill or freeze up to 6 months.

    Suggested Combinations:
    Dill, mustard seed, parsley and a touch of lemon rind or a few mustard seeds for fish and potatoes
    Thyme, garlic, chives, oregano, and parsley for tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant or beef
    Sage, parsley and chives for chicken, veal, rice and pasta
    Tarragon, or fennel, lemon zest and parsley for fish, chicken or eggs
    Chives, mint land chervil for fish, tomatoes, carrots, peas
    Basil and garlic for lamb, chicken or fish
    Salad burnet, garlic chives, and parsley for potatoes, tomatoes, veal, salmon
    Savory, marjoram and parsley for beans, veal, beef, corn
    Caraway seed and parsley for cabbage, carrots, potatoes and bread
    Aniseed, grated ginger and orange zest for pork, chicken or carrots
    Cilantro, cumin, parsley and dried red or fresh jalapeno pepper for a taste of the Southwest on rice, chicken, pork, potatoes, peas or corn
    Basil, tomato paste and oregano for fish, chicken, pasta and rice
    Rosemary, chives, parsley and garlic for potatoes, rice, pasta, beef, veal, chicken
    Tarragon, chives, chervil and white wine for fish, chicken or eggs
    Basil, thyme and parsley for bread, vegetables, tuna, salmon and shrimp
    Anise hyssop, parsley and chives for fish, chicken and veal.
    Mint, garlic, and parsley for lamb, mussels, swordfish, chicken, peas, carrots, green beans or eggs
    Rosemary, savory, thyme, oregano, marjoram, lavender, and garlic for grilled meats
    Calendula petals, c hives land parsley for chicken,rice or eggs
    Scented geranium, rose or pinks for toast, scones, waffles.

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About Herb Butters

Course/Dish: Spreads

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