Chive and Garlic Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced (adjust to your preferred garlic intensity)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Prep the ingredients:

  • Allow the butter to soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting.
  • Mince the garlic cloves.
  • Finely chop the fresh chives.

Combine the ingredients:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped chives, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.
  • Mash and blend well with a fork or spoon until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

Chill:

  • To solidify the butter and intensify the flavors, transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Roll it into a log shape.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to several days)

Serve and enjoy:

  • Slice the chilled butter into rounds to serve.

Tips:

  • Use high-quality butter: The flavor of the butter will come through, so use a good brand you enjoy.
  • Fresh is best: Fresh herbs always provide the most vibrant flavor.
  • Make it your own: Experiment with different herbs like parsley, dill, or a small amount of lemon zest.
  • Soften, don’t melt: For easy mixing, ensure the butter is softened, not melted.

How to use chive and garlic butter:

  • Spread it on crusty bread or toast.
  • Melt it over steaks, chicken, or fish.
  • Toss it with cooked vegetables like potatoes, carrots, or asparagus.
  • Use it on baked potatoes.
  • Add a dollop to mashed potatoes.

Enjoy!

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