My mother-in-law brought me the most delicious blueberry jam from Maine. So, I decided to get a little creative and make one of my favorite treats – flavored butter.
If you are looking for an easy way to experiment in the kitchen, this is the way to go. Try mixing different jams, seasonings and herbs together with softened butter and spread on biscuits, fruit or even grilled meats. It is an easy way to add instant kick to a basic kitchen staple.
In this recipe, the blueberry jam makes the butter sweet and the basil is a perfect fragrant accompaniment.
Blueberry Butter with Basil
1/2 cup softened butter
2-3 tablespoons blueberry jam
2 tsp finely chopped fresh basil
Mix together in a small bowl until blended.
Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.
Other combination to try:
Herb butter: Chop whatever fresh herbs you have on hand and blend with softened butter. This is delicious melted over cooked fish.
Steak butter: Mix your favorite grill seasoning with softened butter and place a dollop on freshly grilled steak.
Strawberry butter: Mix 2-3 tablespoons strawberry jam into 1/2 cup of softened butter. Perfect in the morning on waffles or bagels.