Nothing can beat homemade garlic butter with fresh herbs on crispy bread. It will elevate every dinner or pizza party without a lot of effort, unless you are also churning your own butter. Use this garlic butter to make fresh garlic bread or put it on some vegetables or cooked noodles to add more flavour to your sides.
I will admit one thing up front, I only make this on special occasions for fear of eating a pound of butter and loaf of bread by myself. I also don’t usually keep fresh herbs at home and I have killed most herbs that I ever tried to plant outside. Except for that one pot of thyme that now resembles a small pine tree. On occasion I will splurge on some fresh herbs (when they’re on sale) and make this a big batch of garlic compound butter to serve with dinner or make fresh garlic bread. Any leftovers I will then freeze in portions (for fear of eating my bodyweight in garlic butter) and take out as needed. This can be defrosted and used as fresh on vegetables, pasta, steak (if I ate that) or baked potatoes. With some dill it will work great on fish. It is so delicious, versatile and easy, you shouldn’t even consider it a recipe. You can make it as herby and garlicky as you like.
- unsalted butter, room temperature
- any fresh herbs you like
1. How much garlic you need depends on how much butter you use. Start with one clove of garlic per one stick of butter and add more as needed later. Crush the garlic with some salt with a mortar and pestle* the garlic until it resembles a paste.
2. Finely chop all the herbs you want to use. Parsley is a must, anything else is optional. Use whatever fits your dish.
3. Mix the garlic and herbs with some salt to the butter and make sure the salt has completely dissolved. Add more garlic and herbs if needed. Season to taste with salt.
*If you don’t have a mortar and pestle you can crush the garlic easily on a chopping board. Mince the garlic and sprinkle some salt over it, then run the back of a knife over repeatedly until it forms a paste. This method is just as easy and one less thing to clean.
Here you have my super easy recipe for garlic butter. Using fresh garlic and crushing it is the key to this recipe. If you just mince it you might start chewing on fresh garlic which can be unpleasant. The garlic paste distributes evenly throughout the butter. I hope you enjoyed this “recipe” and have a wonderful day.