Tag Archives: Herbs

How to make Butter even Better!

9 Jan

If you read my blog regularly then you know that this past summer I discovered the wonder of shallots. Who knew such a little thing that not too many people talk about, (as far as food is concerned) could be so good and add so much flavor!

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Now I’m not sure whether it was something I saw on Instagram or Pinterest but somewhere I saw an herbed butter with shallots and garlic. Who ever thought that butta could taste even better than it already does? Well it can. Butta can taste better!

Here is my recipe, they are all pretty much the same, for an herbed butter with shallots and garlic . It tastes great on everything. I use whipped butter, I love that it gets nice and soft; easy to spread. Use the best butter you can afford for the best flavor. And keep in mind that butter should be served at room temperature. One of my biggest pet peeves is hard butter served at a restaurant…you can’t spread it on that yummy bread, it tears it apart.

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Ingredients:

8 oz. whipped salted butter, room temperature

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 large shallot, minced

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp fresh chopped chives*

A bit of shopped fresh parsley

To do:

Put butter in a mixing bowl.

Add olive oil to saute pan and heat over medium. Add shallots, cook them until they start to brown, about 5 or 6 minutes. Don’t let them burn.

 

Once the shallots start to brown add the garlic and stir, cook for only another minute or two.

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Add shallot and garlic mixture to the butter, add chives and parsley. Stir to combine until well blended. Refrigerate.

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Of course you can use it right away, store it in the refrigerator, just remember to take it out a bit before you are planning to use it so that it softens up. You can use it on bread, to cook chicken, beef or fish; cook your eggs with it…delicious!

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*You can use any herbs that you like-sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano…it’s really up to you and your tastebuds and what you will be using it for. Enjoy!

 

 

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You say Pesto, I say Pesto…we all say Pesto!

28 Jul

Once again I am writing about something that has always intrigued me, pesto. I didn’t even try it until I was in my 30’s and fell in love instantly. How could I have been so reluctant to try something so delicious for so long. Well, this summer my husband and I decided to have a real garden and of course the basil is totally out of control so what better to do with basil than to make pesto?!

For Christmas my husband bought me a beautiful food processor that I have never used. This past weekend it was time. Time to use the food processor and time to make pesto. As usual, I take to Pinterest, my favorite app of all time. I found a great, simple recipe on the blog Gimme Some Oven that was perfect!

Basil jungle.

Basil jungle.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pine nuts

3-4 cloves garlic

3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/2 freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

freshly ground pepper and salt to taste

Ready, set, go!

Ready, set, go!

In a food processor or blender, blend together basil, pine nuts, garlic and cheese. Pour oil in slowly while still blending and then add in salt and pepper. Scrape down the sides and pulse a few more times to make sure it is well blended. Viola! Super easy and so good! My husband was completely amazed at how good it was. I’ll be making it again for sure.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Now a little side note, I also added just few leaves of oregano and parsley from the garden as well, which I think added to the yumminess. To store, keep it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also put it in ice cube trays to freeze it then pop it out and put in baggies to use whenever you need it, you can have fresh, homemade pesto all year round.

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