Herbed Butters

One of my favorite things to do with our herbs is to make herbed butters. It is the easiest things to make and it gives butter a special touch.

You can use any herbs that you like. Fresh or dried will work. Play around with combining flavors.

I have made four different herbed butters for you today. These are the most popular ones I make.

Rosemary, Dill, Mint and Oregano.

My rule of thumb for ratio of herb to butter is simple:

1/4 teaspoon dried herb & 2 teaspoons of softened butter.

1 teaspoon crushed fresh herbs & 2 teaspoons of softened butter.

recipes 028recipes 030Just cream the herb and butter together.

recipes 029   Refrigerate for at least 4 hours so the flavors really meld into the butter. When I make herbed butters I tend to play with the butter and put them into fun molds. It is a fun way to present butter at a party or just a dinner get together. it is that extra little wow factor.

I purchased two of these deviled egg carriers at a thrift store. They did not have the lids so they were only .49 cents. I saw them and thought they would be so cute for molded butter pats for Easter. I just filled in the eggs and put in the fridge.

recipes 031These ended up not coming out of the container as easily as I had hoped. If I were having a dinner party, I would have taken time to carefully smooth them out with my finger so they were much prettier.

 recipes 032 Since I have 4 different flavors of herbed butter here, I use two of my little topiary cardholders and put two signs with the flavor in each (front and back).

recipes 033You can see some of them cracked and some just did not have smooth edges. That is a easy fix. Like I said, the warmth of your fingers works the best.

recipes 035It is so nice to add little extra details like this. And it is fun to treat your family and friends to different flavored butter. As the hostess, it just shows that you enjoy going a little bit above and beyond for the people you care about.

recipes 036   Yummy on fresh pretzel rolls!

recipes 039 There are so many variations you can try. Garlic butter is probably our number 1 favorite here. I also like to make a lemon.lime cracked pepper butter. So, just try some flavors you normally enjoy.

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32 comments :

  1. Great idea! I love flavored butters...it is always a treat. I should venture forth and make some!

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  2. Suddenly, I'm hungry again. Yum. Beautiful too.

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  3. Reading this post made me hungry for warm bread out of oven and herb butter...LOL
    ~~HUGS~~

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  4. These are so cute and appropriate for the table now! Thanks for sharing. I believe I'll make a few of them. Luv-Loretta

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  5. I love herbed butters on fresh baked rolls...yum! Great use of a deviled egg holder, Diann.

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  6. This is a great idea! One could make so many fun shapes with the candy molds that are available in the craft stores.

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  7. Sounds good Diann! Nothing better than warm roll and butter! Happy Weekend:@)

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  8. I absolutely love this idea! Perfect for spring.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. That sure does sound yummy. There is nothing better than a hot rolls and butter. I have never made herb butter but I think I will have to try this.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  10. We are having some guests for dinner next week....herbed butter, here I come!!! :)


    Kelly

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  11. Yum! What a cute idea. I'm going to use this idea for my next party. ~ Sarah

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  12. So glad I happened by your blog today. What a fun idea! I love the molds for serving guests special butters. I'm going to try and remember this! Thanks for sharing.
    Donna

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  13. Oh wow these look sooooo yummy!!!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  14. Oh yummmm! I'm going to have to try this with garlic and rosemary! And what fun activities this would make for grandparents and their grandchildren - perfect for preparing for a special Easter dinner. Thank you for a lovely visit. :)

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  15. Diann, this is such a nice and special touch for guests. How clever of you to identify the different flavors with those cute topiary holders. Thank you for sharing the how-to and thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

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  16. Fabulous! I love the idea of using the egg molds. Like you said, it's that extra touch. Last weekend I made a basil/parsley/garlic butter for fresh-baked bread and it was stellar - but I've never thought of mint! Is there anything special you like to serve it with?

    Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friday!

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  17. I'm loving this recipe for Easter weekend when family is home--great idea!

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  18. What a wonderful way to add an elegant touch to a special luncheon! Thank you for the lovely idea! I am your newest follower!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  19. These look wonderful. I love how you served them! :)

    Have a great weekend!

    ~Liz

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  20. I haven't made herb butter for ages. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Okay, now I'm seriously starving! I must make some of these. Thanks for sharing.
    CAS

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  22. That is soooooo easy. Thanks for sharing the proportions and some of your more successful butters. I'm already planning on doing this the next time I have company. Great idea.

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  23. What a neat idea -- I love the presentations :)

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  24. This looks great! What a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing...:-)

    erica-sweetonyou.blogspot.com

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  25. I make herbed butters, but have never thought of putting them in molds. Yours look great, and the topiary card holders are just perfect!

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  26. Your herb butters look so cute (and tasty)! I adore herb butter, add some to warm, fresh bread and I'm sold.

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  27. This is wonderful! I love how elegant and perfect this would be for the Easter table. Great idea and great post! Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

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  28. I'm wondering if a little cooking spray on the mold might make the butters come out more easily and in one piece.

    They still look fabulous and very tasty. Well done.

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  29. such a simple thinkg to make, yet one with great 'wow' power.

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  30. These look like such fun, and I absolutely love your presentation with the miniature topiary trees! So thoughtful. And is there anything better in the world than fresh butter on warm bread? ...oh my...

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