Fresh Summer Herb Butter


So quick & easy to put together, you won’t believe the big punch of flavour it delivers. This is definitely a summer recipe, to use when not only herbs are at their freshest, but when cooking is – as it should be – light and easy.

Use a combination of soft herbs like chives, basil, parsley, dill, marjoram… or those that please your palate. This recipe is not cooked, but is added as a condiment at the end of cooking. Be sure to not use too many; sometimes one is enough…  two or three max. If you are too aggressive with their use, you will have a battle of competing flavours on your hands.

 

Nothing goes better with fresh corn on the cob and indeed this would be a great final topper to most cooked veg. A slice melting over a just grilled steak will have you over the moon! There are times when simplest is best, which is especially true of summer cooking, and eating. With so much fantastic local, seasonal produce & products available, all they need is the lightest touch, the simplest kiss – if you will, to coax out their maximum potential.

 

Fresh Summer Herb Butter

You could use a mini food processor for this, but you’ll spend more time cleaning than making the butter. Save the trouble and let the butter sit at room temp until it’s soft enough. Another time saver… cut the chives with your kitchen scissors – also saving on clean up.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup fresh chopped herbs – your choice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

Preparation:
Cut the butter into small squares, add it to your mixing bowl and let it come to room temp.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until combined.
Scrape the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap, and form into a log, about the diameter of a quarter.
Wrap tightly and store in the fridge; you could also store in the freezer for a longer period.

Chives & parsley are in this version.

 Having the butter at room temp – you can easily mix by hand~

Use a spatula to clean the bowl and help shape the butter.

Warm… melting… buttery… Fantastic on grilled corn~