Homemade Herbed Butter

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Nothing gives toast a little oomph quite like a flavored butter. It’s easy enough to make, yet always has the ability to wow your guests. I mean, it is hard to improve butter, but somehow garlic and some herbs just make butter put on its fancypants.

I love how completely versatile recipes like this can be. You can mix and match herbs to create all sorts of butters matching any kind of dinner.. or brunch! And, hmmm!, once you spread this here butter on your toast or roll, you’ll be happier than a tick on a dog.

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I have several go-to herbs and spices that I cannot live without: dill, basil, rosemary, and thyme. These beauties made their way into this recipe. We can dream up several other butter recipes, both sweet and savory. I am thinking a cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom combination for brunch! And maybe a paprika and red pepper flakes for when you have your saucypants on. Oooo… and how about oregano and basil for Italian night.

The possibilities, my friend, are endless!

Be sure to scroll down to the end to find my favorite way to soften butter in a snap, so save your counter space– no need to have your butter sit out for the better part of an afternoon!
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Homemade Herbed Butter
Yields: 1 stick or 10-12 servings
Time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients:
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 TBS garlic powder
1/2 TBS basil (dried)
1/2 TBS dill (dried)
1/2 TBS rosemary (dried)
1/2 TBS thyme (dired)

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, combine the softened butter and spices. Use a fork to really smoosh, smash, and stir (all very technical terms) until well incorporated.
2. Place onto waxed paper and shape into a roll. Roll and pinch the ends of the wax paper to resemble salt water taffy (shout out to northeast peeps, what what?!)
3. Place into refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving!

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How to soften butter in less than 5 minutes! :

  1. Fill a glass measuring cup full of water.
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes on high.
  3. Pour out water.
  4. Slice stick of butter in half and place onto a plate.
  5. Turn over measuring cup and place on top of butter to soften for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

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