I got my hands on a book called Flavored Butters and it is my current new favorite book. I like to read and sometimes I run across a book that really speaks to me. This happens to be one of them. Flavored Butters is by Offerico Moaz. I counted 65 butter recipes in the soft cover book.
Yesterday I made Blue Cheese Butter and it is oh so tangy and creamy. I want to share this one simple recipe with you from the book. Prep time is only 10 minutes.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup blue cheese, at room temperature
Cracked black pepper
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, adding the pepper to taste. Use a fork to crumble the blue cheese and work into the butter. Once the cheese is well crumbled, continue blending together with a wooden spoon until you have a fairly smooth paste.
It goes on to mention you could do this with a food processor. I found it easy enough to mix by hand.
Variations to the recipe are given (which I did NOT count in the 65 recipes) and serving suggestions are also given.
Let me tell you what we are having for dinner tonight.
I've got a loaf of French bread for this Blue Cheese Butter
I'm making my 5 ingredient Grilled Brown Sugar Salmon
I'm grilling some asparagus
I've got a bottle of Sutter Home White Zinfandel in the refrigerator (I like wine a bit sweet)
Watermelon is cut up and in the refrigerator will be our dessert
Talk about an easy, elegant and yummy meal.
Here are just a few of the recipes in the book;
Honey Mustard Butter
Garlic Parsley Butter
Kalamata Olive Herb butter
Sun Dried Tomato Butter
Hot Chile and Garlic Butter
All Natural Peanut Butter
Pumpkin Seed Butter
Crabmeat Butter Dip
Smoked Salmon Butter
Cinnamon Honey Buttercream
Vanilla Rum Buttercream
Port Wine Butter Sauce
I can't wait to try more and I'm thinking Christmas gifts here. Wouldn't a flavored butter be great as a neighbor gift. Add to it a loaf of homemade bread. I'm going to have to start watching for some pretty jars at the garage sales going on now to put my butter in.