Make pretty little herbed butter pats to dress up a special meal. They are easy to do and you can mold them in silicon ice cube or candy trays. The trays are inexpensive and are found with seasonal items at hobby and craft stores. I have a selection of them that I collected over the years mostly at the dollar type stores. The mold I am using is a Wilton mold from about 15 years ago and is a Christmas themed mold.
I don’t always dress up the butter with herbs or honey. Soften plain butter can be used just by putting it in molds. Softened butter can harden is just 15 minutes in a small mold set and can be served by placing their plate on a bowl of ice to keep their shape.
Basil butter is a family favorite to use on corn on the cob or on toasted Italian bread. Any left over pats I use to season vegetables in later meals.
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) soften at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
In a small food processor or blender chop basil. Add rest of the ingredients and process until smooth. Scoop out with a small spatula and fill small silicone molds by pressing the butter into the molds with spatula. Chill until firm for 15 to 30 minutes. Pop out of molds onto a serving plate and place the place on top of a bowl of ice. Serve. Makes about two dozen pats depending on the size of the mold.