Friday, November 3, 2017

Whipped Herbal Honey Butter - Weekend Recipe

One of my favorite meal items when I eat out is the mini loaf of wheat bread and butter you get at the Outback Restaurant.  I do not go out there very often however, so I found a way to make a honeyed butter with herbs that is an improvement on that sweet restaurant treat so I do not have to wait until my next birthday to have some.

Herbal Honey Whipped Butter

¼ cup honey
1 Tbls. finely minced fresh herbs (like lavender, rosemary, marjoram or lemon thyme)
½ cup unsalted butter, softened

Heat the honey in the microwave until just warm (about 30 to 454 seconds.)  Stir in the herbs, cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Skim the herbs from the top and discard.  Bring honey to room temperature and whip for 1 minute with a hand held mixer set at medium speed.  Add butter and mix 30 seconds more until mixture is light and creamy.

Because honey has a great shelf life and anti-bacterial qualities, you can store this covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.  It should always be served at room temperature for best flavor.

What can you use whipped butter on?

  • ·         Savory whipped butter can be piped onto dishes to make your food look extra fancy. Garnish foods with savory whipped butter directly before serving to preserve your pretty presentation,
    ·         While savory whipped butter is best the same day made, it can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.
    ·         You can pair savory whipped butter with dessert! A chili-infused whipped butter, for instance, would pair nicely with brownies, and a basil-lemon flavored whipped butter would be a delight with a lemon tart.
    ·         Chives, thyme, sage, and rosemary make a fantastic pairing as a steak or meat topping.
    ·         Use a bit of mustard in the butter instead of honey and you make a fantastic butter for sandwiches and burgers (as a bonus, it's tasty for dipping fries, chips, or pretzels, too),
    ·         Add a savory whipped butter to spicy soup such as gazpacho

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