What’s an easy way to liven up bread? Herb butter! We dined recently at a local restaurant, and while we were waiting for our entrées they brought a basket full of bread and some wonderfully delicious butter. Now I realize that this is nothing new, but as I was enjoying my third piece of bread slathered in the seasoned butter, two things occurred to me.
- While the basket of bread with butter is neither rocket science nor nouvelle cuisine … it is absolutely fabulous. A real treat.
- It’s astonishingly easy to make! Why don’t we do this at home?
And guess what else? Tastefully Simple seasonings play very nicely with butter! We tried five (yes, five … when it comes to butter I am an extremist), and they were all good. I brought them into work so that I could get the opinions of others, and I’ll share the scores and the recipes below.
Try some herb butter for Thanksgiving! You’ll effortlessly wow your guests. Just think about the possibilities – there’s bread of course, but what about fluffy mashed potatoes, tender popovers or steaming bowls of corn? And nothing beats a butter basted turkey – unless you are having herb butter basted turkey!
All of the recipes below require 1 stick of butter at room temperature. Blend the butter and the seasoning(s) together; let stand in the fridge for about 2 hours. Bring to room temperature for serving. My testers ranked all of the herb butters on a scale from 1 to 6 (1 = bleah, 6 = wow!). I served the herb butters with two kinds of Bountiful Beer Bread® – one loaf was made as directed with beer and butter; for the other I stirred in a handful of chopped olives, ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese and a capful of Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix … yum!
Score: 4 Pesto Butter – 1 stick butter; 3 tsp. Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix
- This one was good, but very mild, especially when compared with the other herb butters.
- Choose this one if you want just a touch of “herbiness” – or increase the amount of Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix to at least 1 Tbsp or maybe even 2.
- I prepared it using the dry seasoning blend, but my daughter suggested trying it with prepared pesto … I think that’s a good idea and would probably result in a more flavorful butter.
Score: 4.5 Tuscany Butter – 1 stick butter; 2 tsp. Tuscany Bread Dipping Mix™
- This one had a little kick, and you could really taste the Italian and garlic flavors.
- The butter was very pretty, too, since this seasoning blend has a lot of chunky herbs in it.
Score: 4.75 Caramel Cinnamon Butter – 1 stick butter; 2 Tbsp. Caramel Cinnamon Sprinkles
- This isn’t really an herb butter, but I thought it would be nice to have a sweet butter for cornbread, popovers or quick breads.
- Oh my stars! This was fabulous! While this one did not receive the highest score, it did receive the most sixes … so the people who loved it really loved it.
- This one had a lot of flavor and was also very pretty to look at.
- I rolled this one into a log using parchment paper, chilled it and sliced off “butter coins” for serving.
- One of my testers noted that this butter was a little “crunchier” than the others. She was right, but no one found it unpleasantly textured, and as you can see, this one scored very well.
- This one tastes a little saltier than the others, which I liked with the plain bread.
Score: 5+ Italian Garlic Butter – 1 stick butter; 1 Tbsp. Italian Garlic Bread Seasoning
- I had never served this butter just at room temperature with bread … I’ve always buttered the bread, then broiled it. Turns out it’s also delicious just as an herb butter!
- Since the seasonings are more finely ground in this product, the butter turns a deeper yellow.
- Very garlicky and delicious!