Making flavored butters is one of my favorite things to do. It's relaxing and calming... There's little to no actual cooking involved most of the time, depending on the recipe and it's a chance to get creative with flavors. I put these butters in the fridge and pull them out when need arises for a pop of flavor on veggies, some fresh bread or to use otherwise in my cooking. They're super handy to have around when you can't be bothered with planning and recipes. This Lemon, Mustard & Chilli Butter came about as a way to flavor sweet corn for a large dinner party I was hosting and it is delicious! For this particular party, I made the butter a few days before and simply put a few slices into the corn after it was boiled over the heat for an easy side dish on an evening when I had several pots and pans on the go and a turkey in the oven. Convenient, appetizing and tasty - it's a winner! The chilli also adds some pretty little flecks of red to the corn, giving the dish a depth of colors that's festive and inviting.
This recipe is vegetarian and depending on the mustard you use, it can also be made gluten-free.
Zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
200g softened unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt flakes
* You will also need some cling film.
1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and using a hand mixer, combine them until the butter is whipped and all the ingredients are well mixed. If you don't have a hand mixer, simply make sure the butter is super soft and mix together with a fork, mashing as you go until everything is well mixed.
2. Lay out a large sheet of cling film on a cutting board or clean, flat surface. Scoop all of the butter out onto the cling film and use the edges to manipulate the butter, rolling it back and forth until you have a log shape.
3. Once you have the shape you like, wrap the cling film around the butter, being careful to maintain the shape (it will be quite soft & squidgy) and refrigerate overnight before slicing or serving.