Flavored butters can give a unique aroma and taste to ordinary dishes and are very easy to make. Flavored butter is simply butter combined with other ingredients, such as fresh herbs, spices, fruits and liqueurs. The basic recipe for all flavored butters is to completely blend softened butter and the flavor ingredients using an electric mixer. Let the mixture stand for 1 hour for flavors to be absorbed. Flavored butter can be rolled into a log and tightly wrapped in waxed paper, pressed into molds, formed into balls using butter paddles or spooned into ramekins. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap before refrigerating or in freezer bags before freezing. Refrigerated butters can be kept up to 1 week, while frozen butters can be kept for 3 weeks.
Brandy Steak Butter is excellent on grilled or broiled steaks. Combine 1 cup softened butter, 1 ounce brandy, 1 tablespoon each of fresh ground black pepper, finely chopped basil and 1 clove minced garlic, beating with mixer until completely blended. Form into log with wax paper, tightly seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Place slices of butter over steaks, allowing to drizzle over before serving.
Chive Butter is delicious over baked potatoes, corn on the cob and other vegetables. It can also be used to baste poutly and fish. Simply blend 1 cup softened butter with 2 tablespoons fresh minced chives and 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper. Spoon into ramekins, wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Horseradish Butter is great on steaks, ham or pulled pork sandwiches. It also gives a special taste to grilled vegetables such as asparagus or cubed potatoes. Just combine 1 cup softened butter with 2 tablespons each of horseradish and fresh minced chives. Form into log, wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Lemon Herb Butter gives a special zing to chicken, fish or vegetables, and can be used to baste while cooking. Mix 1 cup softened butter with the juice from 1 whole lemon and 1 teaspoon each of fresh, finely chopped thyme, basil and parsley. Form into log or press into ramekins, wrap and refrigerate.
Italian Herbs Butter is delicious on grilled foods or it can be used to baste meats, poultry, fish and vegetables. This flavored butter is very tasty when spread on Italian bread hot out of the oven. Mix 1 cup softened butter with 1 tablespoon each of freshly chopped basil and oregano and 1 teaspoon minced garlic. Roll into log and wrap, or spoon into ramekin and refrigerate until ready to use.
Strawberry Butter is a wonderful topping for pancakes, waffles and French toast. Simply combine 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 2 taplespoons of strawberry preserves Do not use jelly or jam as a substitute.. Press into small star-shaped molds. Wtrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Honey Vanilla Butter is a smooth, mild-flavored butter that can be used on pancakes or waffles. Combine 1/2 cup softened butter and 1/2 cup of honey with electric mixer. Slowly add 1/2 cup whipping cream, beating until light and fluffy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix thoroughly. Spoon into ramekin and refrigerate until meal is ready to be eaten.