Basil is just one of those herbs, flavors that has announced that summer has indeed arrived for me. I LOVE fresh basil. It is on my must-have, must plant list of herbs at the start of each spring. And basil is one of those herbs that grows so beautifully with very little maintenance and up-keep on your part. Plus, it is so versatile- you can use it in your main dishes (duh), spreads & dips, salads, drinks, and even desserts! :)
Earlier this week, I shared with you all my recipe for Caprese Risotto. I actually made this Whipped Basil Garlic Butter the same evening I concocted the risotto. I toasted some day old, good quality hamburger buns that I had split and cut in half, and then spread this tasty herbed butter over the warm, toasty pieces. Yeah... amazing. And it paired perfectly with the risotto!
Whipped Basil Garlic Butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients (Makes 1 stick of herbed butter)
- 1 stick of salted butter, room temperature (you could also use unsalted butter and just add a 1/2 tsp of salt when mixing)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5-6 basil leaves, finely chopped
In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for just 1-2 minutes. You want to cook and brown the garlic slightly, but not burn it. Set aside and allow to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. You want the butter to get light, creamy, and very whipped. (If you are using unsalted butter, add in the salt while beating the butter.)
Fold in the sauteed garlic and chopped basil. Serve immediately with toasted bread.
You can also refrigerate this after using- just be sure to bring it to room temperature again before using it again.
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This Whipped Basil Garlic Butter can be used beyond just simply spreading it on bread or rolls. You could toss a dollop of this in a pan before scrambling eggs and have a fancy breakfast. You could also add some to warm angel hair pasta and give it a toss for a quick and flavorful lunch or dinner. :)
Looking for more ways to use up your summer bounty of fresh basil? How about my...
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What flavors let you know that summer has officially arrived in your kitchen?