What's Better Than Butter?

Having herb butter and sourdough bread in the house means I don’t want to eat anything else. Actually, I don’t want to do anything but eat it — but I suppose I should write this article so you can share the joy!

Last week I talked about pesto-making basics. Today’s recipe is an even simpler way to use fresh herbs. The lovage and sourdough bread in this week’s CSA box gives me the perfect opportunity to teach you how to make this lovely spring condiment.

Butter + lovage = the perfect spread for sourdough bread

Soften a stick of butter, put it in a bowl with fresh chopped herbs, and blend with a fork. That’s it!

You can serve the butter straight from the bowl, transfer it to another container, or even form it into logs before chilling it as Michael wrote about on his blog, Inspired by Charm. The longer the butter sits (either chilled or on the counter in a cool kitchen), the more the flavors of the herbs will meld with the butter. As hard as it is to be patient, I suggest leaving it alone for at least an hour before devouring.

Made with fresh or dried herbs in small or large batches, infused butter is a pretty perfect condiment!

Fresh herbs are perfect in spring and summer, but I also plan to dry some so that I can continue to make spreads this winter.

The most obvious use of infused butter may be slathered on bread, but there's no need to stop there! Use it to grease a pan for stir-fry, melt it on a baked potato, or rub it over a whole turkey before roasting. The possibilities are endless!

As easy as it is to whip up a single batch in a bowl with a fork, a food processor works great for larger batches. You might want to keep that in mind if you decide to make herb butter for everyone next Christmas.

The novel and old-fashioned simplicity of infused butter stands out at a party or family gathering. It fits beautifully into a kitchen-themed gift basket and lends a personal touch to a meal delivered to a family with a new baby.

Food + friends = a perfect recipe

How fun is it to give (or receive) a gift you can eat? How much better if that gift was made by hand? CSA shares not only provide a variety of foods to bring joy and nourishment to you and your own family, but more so the opportunity to share some homemade goodness with friends and neighbors. 

When was the last time you gave or received a food gift? What was the occasion? Join the conversation in the comments below!