Flavored Butter Trio

Karen, FamilyStyle Food

Having a variety of flavored butters on hand is a great kitchen strategy – you can transform a simple meal into something complex and special.

Try these butters on toasted crusty bread for a breakfast snack or appetizer crostini, swirl into the pan after sautéing meat or poultry for a luscious sauce, or toss the savory butter combinations along with vegetables and cooked pasta for a quick one-dish meal.

Flavored Butter Trio

Ingredients:

Spiced Honey Butter:
1 stick butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt

Lemon-Thyme Butter:
1 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 small shallot, finely chopped
Freshly grated zest from 1 lemon
Pinch salt

Parmesan-Red Chile Butter:
1 stick butter, softened
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1 small red chile pepper, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon dried chile flakes
1 very small crushed garlic clove, about ½ teaspoon
Pinch salt

Directions:

Blend the ingredients for each flavored butter in a food processor or in a bowl until combined.
Spoon each butter mixture onto the middle of a 12-inch piece of plastic wrap. Fold over one side of the plastic and gently roll the butter into a smooth cylinder shape. Wrap the butter completely, twisting the ends like a candy wrapper to secure.
Chill in the refrigerator until firm or keep frozen up to 1 month, slicing portions as needed.

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