Monday, August 26, 2013

Making Basil Butter by Joyce Lavene

Making Basil Butter
By Joyce Lavene
Author of Perilous Pranks
www.renaissancefairemysteries.com 



I have a bumper crop of basil this summer. It’s probably been the mild summer and plenty of rain.


I have lots of basil to freeze for the winter and I’m thinking about making some basil butter with the rest.


Basil butter is very simple to make and lasts for a long time. You can basically use this recipe for any kind of herb butter – garlic, thyme etc. 

The taste is much better when you start fresh, no matter how long you keep it.


Basil Butter
You’ll need one half cup of softened butter. I like the unsalted variety but you can use either one.  


Add to that one half cup finely chopped basil, one half teaspoon of lemon zest, Kosher salt, and ground pepper. Again, you can leave the salt out completely if you are on a low sodium diet.


Combine all the ingredients well and put in plastic wrap to shape into a tube. Refrigerate until firm and then slice into one quarter inch coins that you can melt on bread, chicken, pork and vegetables.


 It’s very nice for using on the grill!


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1 comment:

Marian Allen said...

This basil butter sounds delicious, Joyce! If I have some left over from making pesto, I MUST try it!

Marian Allen
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