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Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

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Are you ready to elevate your cooking game and add some serious flavor to your dishes? Look no further, because today we’re talking about the ultimate ingredient that’s going to take your meals to the next level: roasted garlic herb butter.

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INTRODUCTION

Roasted Garlic Herb Butter: A Flavorful Game-Changer

In case you’re not familiar, roasted garlic herb butter is a combination of roasted garlic cloves, butter, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper all mixed together to create a flavorful and aromatic spread. The garlic is roasted to bring out its natural sweetness and nuttiness, and when combined with the herbs and butter, the result is a butter that’s packed with flavor and aroma that will have your taste buds dancing. And the best part? You can use it in so many different ways, from spreading it on bread to using it as a topping for steak and fish.

Herb butter recipes for you to enjoy:

  1. Jerk Butter Seafood Boil: Add some spice to your seafood boil by using jerk butter as a flavorful and spicy broth for your shrimp, crab, and shrimp.
  2. Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken: Rub a generous amount of garlic herb butter under the skin of a whole chicken before roasting for a delicious and fragrant bird.
  3. Garlic Butter Chicken Bites: Toss bite-sized chicken pieces in a mixture of garlic herb butter and your favorite seasonings before cooking for a tasty and easy dinner.
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The Health Benefits of Garlic, Rosemary, and Thyme

Not only is this butter delicious, but it’s also packed with health benefits. Garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.

Herbs like rosemary and thyme are also packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosemary is also a good source of iron and calcium, and thyme is a rich source of vitamin K and vitamin A. By incorporating this butter into your diet, you’re not only making your meals more delicious, but you’re also doing your body a favor.

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Pro Tips for Making the Ultimate Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Here are a few recipe tips for making the perfect roasted garlic herb butter:

  1. Use fresh garlic heads for the best flavor.
  2. Adjust the amount of herbs to suit your taste.
  3. Use high-quality butter for the best taste.
  4. Roast the garlic until it is soft and caramelized.
  5. If you are using a food processor, pulse the butter and garlic together, so you don’t over-mix and end up with butter that’s too soft
  6. Store the butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in a butter dish on the counter. for a few days.
  7. Make the recipe your own by experimenting with different types of herbs and oils.
  8. To make it lactose-free you can use ghee instead of butter.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to create a delicious and flavorful roasted garlic herb butter that’s perfect for spreading, topping, and mixing into all sorts of dishes.

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INGREDIENTS RUNDOWN

Ingredients to Make Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Seasoning

Garlic heads – The main ingredient of the roasted garlic butter, garlic heads are used to give the butter its characteristic flavor and aroma. If you don’t have garlic heads, you can use individual garlic cloves or use garlic powder. However, the taste (with the garlic powder) will be different and not as intense.

Fats

Vegetable oil – Vegetable oil is used to roast the garlic. It helps to soften the garlic and bring out its natural sweetness and nuttiness. The choice of oil is entirely up to you. I personally prefer using extra virgin olive oil, but you can use any oil that you like. It can be a neutral oil like canola oil or avocado oil, or even a more flavorful oil like sesame oil or truffle oil. It all depends on your preference and what you have on hand.

Dairy

Salted butter (softened)- salted butter is mixed with the roasted garlic and herbs to create the spreadable consistency of the butter. You have the option of using unsalted butter and seasoning it with salt to taste, but I highly recommend using real butter for this recipe. Not only does it add a rich and creamy flavor that is unmatched, but it also contains more nutritional value than margarine, which is highly processed. Trust me, the taste and flavor of real butter will make a big difference in the final product. So, go for the real thing, your taste buds will thank you!

Herbs

Fresh thyme and rosemary – Fresh thyme and rosemary are added to the butter to add a fresh and herbal flavor. When it comes to the herbs, I highly recommend using fresh herbs as they tend to have more flavor than dried herbs. The aroma and taste of fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme will add a delicious, fresh touch to the butter.

However, if you only have dried herbs on hand, you can definitely use those too. Dried herbs will still add flavor to the roasted garlic herb butter, just make sure to adjust the amount you use according to the recipe.

Keep in mind that dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs, so you will need to use less of them. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. So, if the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, you would use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme.

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Get Creative with your Herbs

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your herbs, the possibilities are endless! You can even try adding different herbs to see how they change the flavor of the butter. I love to add a little bit of sage or tarragon to give the butter a different twist. You can also use dried herbs instead of fresh ones, they’ll work just as well.

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Make it your own!

The best part about this roasted garlic herb butter recipe is that it’s so easy to make and you can make it your own. So, go ahead, have fun with it and make it to your taste. Play around with different herbs, and see what you like best. And don’t forget to let me know how it turns out!

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HOW TO MAKE THIS ROASTED GARLIC HERB BUTTER RECIPE IN THE OVEN

  1. Alright, let’s get started on making some delicious roasted garlic herb butter! First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Next, take your garlic heads and cut off about a third of the top, exposing the cloves.
  3. Peel off some of the outer skin.
  4. Place each head of garlic on a piece of foil, baking tray, or muffin tin.
  5. Drizzle some olive oil over the exposed cloves and wrap the foil around the heads, making sure they are sealed tight. This step is crucial because we want to make sure the garlic is both roasted and steamed at the same time, so the cloves don’t dry out.
  6. Pop them in the oven and let them roast for 30-35 minutes, or until they are soft inside and caramelized on the outside.
  7. Once they’re done, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.
  8. While the garlic is cooling, rinse and dry your fresh herbs.
  9. Finely chop them up and set them aside.
  10. Once the garlic is cooled, press on the bottom of the heads to push out the softened cloves.
  11. In a bowl, mash the garlic together with the butter until it’s smooth and creamy. You can use a fork or a food processor for an even creamier consistency.
  12. Stir in your chopped herbs and mix everything together.
  13. Wrap the butter mixture in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap and roll it into a sausage log. Twist or tie the ends to secure them.
  14. Pop it in the fridge to chill and harden until you’re ready to use it. If you prefer a softer, spreadable butter, you can also store it in a French butter dish on the countertop for a few days.

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Two Alternative Methods That Will Save You Time Without Compromising On Taste

How To Make This Roasted Garlic Herb Butter Recipe On The Stovetop

  1. Cut off the top of the garlic heads and peel off some of the outer skin, exposing the cloves.
  2. In a pan on medium-low heat, add about 1 tablespoon of oil and place the garlic heads cut-side up in the pan.
  3. Cover the pan and let the garlic roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cloves are soft and lightly browned.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  5. Proceed as directed in the original recipe.
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How To Make This Roasted Garlic Herb Butter Recipe In An Air Fryer

  1. Cut off the top of the garlic heads and peel off some of the outer skin, exposing the cloves.
  2. Place the garlic heads in the air fryer basket, cut side up.
  3. Set the air fryer to 350°F and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the cloves are soft and caramelized.
  4. Remove from the air fryer and let it cool.
  5. Proceed as directed in the original recipe.
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RECIPE FAQ

Substitutions

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs?

Yes, you can definitely use dried herbs instead of fresh herbs. Just make sure to adjust the amount you use accordingly, as dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for every 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs.

Can I use margarine instead of butter?

I don’t recommend using margarine for this roasted garlic herb butter recipe. The taste and flavor of real butter are unmatched and it contains more nutritional value than margarine. Plus, margarine is highly processed and can result in a butter that is too runny and difficult to spread. Stick with real butter for the best results.

Can I Use Ghee as a lactose-friendly option?

Yes, you can use ghee as a lactose-friendly option for this roasted garlic herb butter recipe. Ghee is a clarified butter that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. It has a higher smoke point than regular butter and is free from lactose and casein, making it a great option for those with lactose sensitivities.

Just keep in mind that ghee has a different flavor than butter and it may affect the overall taste of your butter. Ghee has a nutty and slightly caramelized flavor, which can complement some dishes but may not be suitable for others. You can always start with a small amount and adjust it to your taste.

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Variations

Here are a few recipe variations to take your roasted garlic herb butter to the next level:

  1. Lemon herb butter: Add the zest of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the butter mixture, along with the herbs, for a bright and tangy twist.
  2. Jerk Butter: Add 1 tablespoon of Jamaican Jerk seasoning to the butter mixture, along with the herbs, for a spicy and flavorful Caribbean twist. You can also add a bit of lime juice or zest to balance the heat.
  3. Spicy butter: Add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the butter mixture for a spicy kick.
  4. Maple butter: Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup to the butter mixture for a sweet and savory flavor.
  5. Parmesan butter: Add 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese to the butter mixture for a cheesy, nutty flavor.
  6. Bacon butter: Add 1/4 cup of cooked and crumbled bacon to the butter mixture for a smoky, savory flavor.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, feel free to get creative and make it your own. You can also add some herbs like chives or parsley, or even some nuts like pecans or almonds, for a different flavor and texture. The possibilities are endless!

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Serving Suggestions

Now that you have your delicious roasted garlic herb butter ready to go, you may be wondering what to do with it. Never fear, I’ve got you covered with some serving suggestions that will have your taste buds singing!

  1. Spread it on bread: The classic way to enjoy compound butter is to spread it on a piece of warm, crusty bread. This is the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or a simple snack.
  2. Use it as a topping: This butter is amazing as a topping for steak, chicken, or fish. It adds a ton of flavor and makes any dish taste gourmet.
  3. Mix it into pasta: For a quick and easy pasta dish, melt some of the butter in a pan and toss it with cooked pasta and your choice of vegetables or protein.
  4. Mashed potatoes: Mix a spoonful of the butter into your mashed potatoes for an extra creamy and flavorful side dish.
  5. Sandwiches and Wraps: Add a delicious buttery and herby flavor to your sandwiches and wraps by spreading some of the butter on the bread or tortilla before adding your fillings.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but feel free to get creative and think outside the box. The possibilities are endless with this delicious butter!

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GOT LEFTOVERS?

How To Store Leftover Roasted Herb Butter

Storing your leftover roasted garlic herb butter is easy, and there are a few options to choose from depending on your preference and how soon you plan to use it.

In the Fridge: One of the best ways to store leftover herb butter is in the fridge. To do this, wrap the butter in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap, roll it into a sausage log, and twist or tie the ends to secure it. This will help maintain the shape and texture of the butter and prevent it from absorbing any unwanted odors or flavors from the fridge. You can store the butter in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

In a Butter Dish: Another option is to store it in a butter dish. You can use a traditional butter dish, or a butter bell, which is a French butter dish that keeps butter fresh and spreadable for up to a week without refrigeration. Simply place your compound butter in the dish and keep it covered.

In the Freezer: You can also store your leftover herb butter in the freezer. To do this, wrap the butter in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap and place it in an airtight container or a plastic freezer bag. This will help protect the butter from freezer burn and allow you to store it for up to 6 months.

When you’re ready to use the butter, simply take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours. Keep in mind that frozen butter may be a bit crumbly and may not have the same texture as freshly made butter.

No matter how you choose to store your leftover herb butter, the key is to keep it airtight and away from strong odors or flavors to ensure the best taste and texture.

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Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan

Elevate your cooking game with the ultimate ingredient, roasted garlic herb butter. Add serious flavor to your dishes.

Course: CondimentCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
5 from 2 votes
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Roasting time

35

minutes
Calories

314.52

kcal
Allow roasted garlic to cool

20

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

5

minutes
Cook Mode

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Gather Your Ingredients

  • 2 medium 2 garlic heads (or 1 large or 20-24 peeled individual garlic cloves)

  • 2 teaspoons 2 vegetable oil

  • 1 1 stick salted butter, (room temperature) *You can also use unsalted butter.

  • 3-4 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon of dried thyme)

  • 2 sprigs 2 fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary)

Instructions

  • Alright, let’s get started on making some delicious roasted garlic herb butter! First things first, preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Next, take your garlic heads and cut off about a third of the top, exposing the cloves.
  • Peel off some of the outer skin.
  • Place each head of garlic on a piece of foil, baking tray, or muffin tin.
  • Drizzle some olive oil over the exposed cloves and wrap the foil around the heads, making sure they are sealed tight. This step is crucial because we want to make sure the garlic is both roasted and steamed at the same time, so the cloves don’t dry out.
  • Pop them in the oven and let them roast for 30-35 minutes, or until they are soft inside and caramelized on the outside.
  • Once they’re done, take them out of the oven and let them cool completely.
  • While the garlic is cooling, rinse and dry your fresh herbs.
  • Finely chop them up and set them aside.
  • Once the garlic is cooled, press on the bottom of the heads to push out the softened cloves.
  • In a bowl, mash the garlic together with the butter until it’s smooth and creamy. You can use a fork or a food processor for an even creamier consistency.
  • Stir in your chopped herbs and mix everything together.
  • Wrap the butter mixture in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap and roll it into a sausage log. Twist or tie the ends to secure them.
  • Pop it in the fridge to chill and harden until you’re ready to use it. If you prefer a softer, spreadable butter, you can also store it in a French butter dish on the countertop for a few days.

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Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • Use fresh garlic heads for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of herbs to suit your taste.
  • Use high-quality butter for the best taste.
  • Roast the garlic until it is soft and caramelized.
  • If you are using a food processor, pulse the butter and garlic together, so you don’t over-mix and end up with butter that’s too soft.
  • Store the butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or in a butter dish on the counter for a few days.
  • Make the recipe your own by experimenting with different types of herbs and oils.
  • To make it lactose-free you can use ghee instead of butter.
  • I highly recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting to ensure that you know exactly what to expect and can prep accordingly. This can help to prevent any mistakes or surprises during the cooking process and will help you to achieve the best possible results. It’s also a good idea to gather all of your ingredients and equipment beforehand to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible. 
  • Proper preparation, or “mise en place,” is key to successful cooking. Gather all ingredients and have them measured and ready before cooking to avoid forgetting important items and focus on the cooking process. This technique can save time, prevent frustration, and improve the outcome of your recipe. Remember to use mise en place to prepare all ingredients before cooking.
  • To make grocery shopping and recipe-saving easier, you can generate a shopping list of all the ingredients and save the recipe with a single click. (scroll ↓).

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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


Calories314.52

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 28g 44%
    • Sodium 192.07mg 9%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Total Carbohydrate 20.08g 7%
      • Sugars 0.08g
    • Protein 4.09g 9%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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