Do you want to make a versatile, flavorful, and savory butter for any dish imaginable? Look no further than this easy recipe for roasted garlic butter! Roasted garlic butter can be used both in savory dishes and as an extra-special finishing touch. In this blog post, you’ll learn the basics of creating roasted garlic butter from scratch.
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Benefits of Making Your Own Butter from Scratch
Making your own butter from scratch may seem like a laborious task, but the benefits it offers are worth the effort. By making your own butter, you have complete control over the ingredients used and can ensure that it is free from any additives or preservatives. Additionally, homemade butter has a much richer flavor compared to store-bought alternatives.
Another advantage of making your own butter is the cost savings. While store-bought butter can be expensive, especially if you opt for higher quality options, making it at home is much more cost-effective. It allows you to save money in the long run while also having a product that is made with care and attention to detail.
My favorite benefit of making butter from scratch is the ability to customize it according to your preferences. You can experiment with different types of cream, such as organic or grass-fed, to create a butter that suits your taste. Additionally, you can add various herbs, spices, or even fruits to infuse unique flavors into your homemade butter. Today we are sharing our roasted garlic butter recipe!
How to Make Roasted Garlic Butter
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When it comes to making homemade butter, using a small food processor or Kitchenaid mixer can be a game-changer. Not only does it save you time and effort compared to traditional methods, but it also ensures a smooth and consistent butter every time. For this recipe I am using the Ninja Food Processor. I use the food processor bowl to make the butter and the smoothie cup to blend the roasted garlic into the butter.
Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step process.
- Begin by pouring one pint heavy cream into the food processor. Make sure not to fill it to the brim, as the cream will expand as you process it.
- Add a pinch of salt to the cream. This step is optional, but it can elevate the taste of your butter.
- Securely attach the lid onto the food processor and start processing on a low speed. This will prevent the cream from splattering as it begins to thicken.
- As the cream thickens, increase the speed gradually. You’ll notice that the cream will go through different stages, starting with whipped cream and transitioning into butter.
- Keep processing until you start to see the butter separating from the liquid. This liquid is called buttermilk, and it can be saved for future use in other recipes.
- Once the butter has fully separated, stop the food processor and strain the mixture using a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any remaining buttermilk.
- Rinse the butter under cold water to remove any excess buttermilk. This step is important, as any remaining buttermilk can cause the butter to spoil more quickly.
- At this point, you can taste your homemade butter and adjust the seasoning if necessary. If you’re satisfied with the flavor, transfer the butter to an airtight container. If we were going to stop here, I would advise you to refrigerate your butter. But since we are adding the roasted garlic in the next few steps, we are going to leave the butter at room temperature until our garlic is ready.
Preparing the roasted garlic
In the world of culinary delights, few things compare to the irresistible allure of roasted garlic. Its transformative powers can turn an ordinary dish into something truly extraordinary. Generously spreading it on warm, crusty bread or incorporating it into homemade sauces can elevate the flavors in ways that leave your taste buds wanting more. And when roasted garlic meets creamy butter, a match made in heaven is born for garlic lovers.
So lets go roast our fresh garlic!
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Take a whole head of garlic and remove their paper exposing the individual garlic cloves.
- Cover the the cloves of garlic with a drizzle of olive oil, ensuring they are well-coated, and place them in a small bowl (or cast iron skillet) that is oven safe or wrap them in aluminum foil.
- Let them roast for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the cloves become soft and golden brown.
Combining your garlic and butter
Once your roasted garlic bulbs have cooled enough to handle, it’s time to transform them into a velvety, aromatic butter. Start by adding your roasted garlic cloves to the smoothie cup of your blender. Now, it’s time to introduce the star ingredient – butter. Gradually incorporate softened butter into the roasted cloves, blending it thoroughly to create a luxurious, spreadable texture. If you don’t have a blender use a fork or the back of a spoon to mash the cloves into a smooth, creamy consistency and then mix well into softened butter.
To further enhance the flavors of your roasted garlic butter, consider adding a pinch of sea salt and a sprinkle of freshly chopped herbs like parsley or fresh chives. These elements will bring an extra layer of freshness, elevating the overall taste profile of your creation. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, transfer the roasted garlic butter into an airtight container and refrigerate for longer storage.
And there you have it – the perfect roasted garlic butter. A decadent, savory concoction that will take your cooking to new heights. Whether slathered onto a warm baguette, melted over grilled vegetables, or used to add depth to your favorite dishes, this butter mixture will surely impress.
Tips and Tricks for Maximum Flavor
But the versatility doesn’t stop there! This delicious spread can be melted and drizzled over roasted vegetables, transforming them into a standout side dish. It can also be used as a finishing touch on ribeye steaks, melting into a golden pool of flavor as it rests atop the sizzling meat. We love using our homemade garlic butter on dinner rolls or slathering it on homemade sourdough bread creating the best garlic bread!
With so many ways to incorporate roasted garlic butter, you’ll find yourself reaching for it time and time again in your culinary creations. But before we dive into the various ways to maximize its flavor, let’s explore a few tips and tricks that will take your roasted garlic butter experience to the next level.
When making your roasted garlic butter, consider adding additional salt to enhance the overall taste. Salt not only brings out the flavors of the garlic but also helps to balance the richness of the butter, creating a harmonious and well-rounded blend of flavors. Remember, though, that a little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and adjust to your preference.
Another tip to maximize the flavor of your homemade roasted garlic butter is to experiment with different herbs and spices. While the garlic is undoubtedly the main ingredient, adding a tablespoon of fresh herbs elevate your roasted garlic herb butter to new heights. Consider incorporating herbs like rosemary, fresh parsley or thyme for an earthy and aromatic touch. Or add spices like sweet paprika, black pepper, red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper for a hint of heat. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative and tailor the butter to suit your taste.
Now that you know how to make roasted garlic butter from scratch, why not give it a try? Share your favorite recipe with us, or comment if you have tips on how to make even tastier garlic butter!