Friday, December 4, 2015

Savory Hazelnut Butter

Here we have another flavored butter recipe and I particularly like this one during the winter months, especially during the holiday season. There's just something about hazelnuts that tastes like Christmas. This butter is positively gorgeous on a slice of hot, fresh bread, however I prefer it on steamed green beans - they're perfectly complemented by the toasted hazelnuts and herby essence of thyme. That said, I imagine this butter would also be quite nice on chicken or possibly even steak, though I've yet to try either. However you choose to serve it, it's delicious and handy to have in the fridge for dressing up some simple veggie or meat dishes!

5 tablespoons chopped, toasted hazelnuts
Handful of thyme leaves, finely chopped
Handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
200g unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of sea salt flakes
Freshly ground black pepper

* You will also need cling film.

1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and using a hand mixer, mix well until all is combined and the butter is slightly whipped.

2. Lay out a large sheet of cling film on a large 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.

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