Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:16 am
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Flavored butter with spices or herbs is such a versatile addition to many meals. It will turn an ordinary corn on the cob into something special, it will give that little extra something to a nice piece of steak or salmon, and it will of course make a piece of bread more exciting.
There are of course an endless amount of possibilities when you talk of flavored butter (you can use the whole spice spectrum, fresh herbs, citrus, garlic, ginger etc...), however here we have made a simple and straightforward version with chili, cumin and paprika.
We like to add a touch of olive oil to the softened butter, that way the butter will be more easy to spread and it won't harden as much if you keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours.
How To Make Flavored Butter:
Use 4 tablespoons of butter. Either keep it out for a couple of hours to soften it or run it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until it's slightly soft.
Mash the butter in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon of salt if the butter was unsalted. Mix until combined. Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and incorporate it well.
Either serve right away or keep covered in the fridge until you're ready to eat.