Easy Gourmet Seasoned Butter Recipe
- Unsalted Butter
- Fennel Seeds
- Anise Seeds
- Kosher Salt or Pink Salt
- Dried Thyme
- White Peppercorns
This is a very easy gourmet seasoned butter recipe. There are many variations possible on this recipe and you can adjust the quantities of each of the seasonings based upon your tastes. The butter will have a nice color, fragrance and taste.
- Put all the spices together and use mortar & pestle
- Whip the butter with the seasonings in food processor
1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon of saffron
1/4 teaspoon of pink salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of anise seeds
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon of white peppercorns
1 stick of butter
We want to add some color to the butter and it is important to remember that the saffron color won’t show up well in the butter. Part of the problem is that the color is soluble in water better than it is in butter. The other problem is that once you whip the butter in a small food processor or with an electric egg beater the butter will fill up with tiny air bubbles making the butter look more white than yellow. It isn’t actually a problem at all, just an explanation about why the butter won’t become more yellow due to the addition of saffron. The butter must be out of the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before you put it in the food processor or it won’t whip up properly. The kosher salt or pink salt is used rather than regular table salt to help grind up the other spices.
There are two uses for this butter. Obviously you can butter some bread and it will go great with just about any meal. The second option is to lightly saute some vegetables such as broccoli in the seasoned butter. To retain the maximum nutritional value and taste cook vegetables only long enough that the color darkens a little. If the color becomes lighter then you are over cooking your vegetables.