Herbed Butter

Let’s say you started cooking a sauce, then realized you didn’t have any canned tomatoes in the house (ahem), but the butter you were using had basically already started to melt. Do you A. throw it out and keep craving pasta or B. take that melted butter, chop up some basil, and make basil butter C. Make basil butter, then go to the store to get pasta anyway?  I chose C. You can use whatever fresh herbs you like – honestly, if I’d had thyme in the house, I probably would have used that since it’s more versatile – but basil butter looked pretty, smelled awesome and tasted really good, too. This looks way more impressive than it actually is. 


– Softened Butter
– Whatever herbs you want, chopped (make sure these are fresh, not dried)

1. Soften the butter (or in this case, pull it out of a saute pan when it’s half melted) and add to a little bowl.

 2. Chop up whatever herbs you’re using, then add to the butter.
3. Blend well, then let sit for a little while to harden partially.

4. Wrap butter into whatever form you want in parchment paper. Seal the ends of the parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to use.