Monday, 26 August 2013

Rustic Garlic Butter

Rustic Garlic Butter

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup butter
1 Teaspoon rosemary
1 Teaspoon basil
1 Teaspoon parsley
2-3 Cloves garlic, smashed, or finely minced or extra finely grated

OR

1/2 Cup butter
1 Tablespoon pizza spice
2-3 Cloves garlic, smashed, finely minced or extra finely grated

Instructions:

Leave the butter at room temperature for at least an hour, or until it is soft and easy to mix. Add the rosemary, basil, and parsley and stir once or twice, just to get the process started. Add the garlic mince or paste, and mix really well. Once everything looks evenly mixed the butter is ready to serve. Leaving the butter to rest for an hour before serving also helps the flavors mix. Once prepared the butter can be stored in the fridge for about two weeks.

Enjoy!

Notes:

Garlic butter should pretty much be a staple recipe for most home cooks. You can whip it up and easily prepare a home made garlic bread, or even just serve the prepared butter with bread or rolls at the table. I also sometimes use left over garlic butter to season chicken before I cook it, or to saute vegetables. It's easy and useful to have around. Oh and since we are still in lobster season, this is excellent to melt down and dip fresh steamed lobster into.

Here is a secret, sometimes when I am feeling a bit more lazy I just use a tablespoon of my pizza spice blend as the seasoning per 1/2 cup of butter, then the fresh garlic cloves. The flavor is a little different, in that it is a bit more spicy. 

I also like to whip this recipe up with my mortar and pestle, that way I know all the herbs are well ground in, and their oils have been released to create a brighter flavor, and it also ensures the  garlic is finely incorporated as well. Only use a mortar and pestle if you have one that is stone or ceramic, something non-porous. If you don't have one at all, well a small bowl and sturdy fork will also get the job done.

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