Jazz up your steak with this simple super easy homemade pesto butter that will make any meal marvelous. As Julia Child once said “With enough butter anything is good”.
Super Easy Homemade Pesto Butter
As you all know I just love pesto, I’ve made it with everything from the usual herbs to veggies, weeds and even fruit. I’ve even made pesto ice-cream and written a book about the stuff, so making pesto butter seemed totally logical to me.
My Ebook – A Passion For Pesto – with over 75 fabulous recipes for pestos made from everything from the usual (and some unusual herbs) to veggies and even weeds. There are also sweet fruit pestos for desserts. Plus lots of recipes for how to use pesto.
In fact I also have a whole Pesto section on this blog, so check out the recipes for pesto there too.
This is basically a flavoured butter and boy oh boy have I hade a whole lot of those over the past few years.
It is a standard at food demos and I am constantly making different varieties. I have learned the hard way to always remember to write on the outside of the package what flavour is within. A Sharpie is my friend!
While normal flavoured butters really just contain herbs, spices, seasonings and a bit of lemon juice here I have used all the components of pesto.
This is really just a pesto recipe but with butter taking the place of the usual olive oil. A fat for a fat really. You could say this is the solid, spreading form of pesto.
I’ve gone with the classic pesto recipe here, basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, lemon juice and salt and pepper, just swapping the olive oil for butter.
You can use any pesto recipe you like and there are over fifty to choose from in my book.
How to make pesto butter
All you need is a food processor to whizz this pesto butter together in no time at all.
Either chill then cut out shapes for using at the dinner table or roll into a log in baking paper (remember to label with that Sharpie) and pop into the freezer to slice off a bit at any time.
How to serve pesto butter
Use it as I have here simply melting on top of a steak. All that buttery goodness making something wonderful even better.
Press the butter under the skin of a chicken prior to roasting for a superbly moist bird.
Add to vegetables before roasting or after steaming youor veggies and let that pesto butter melt into them.
Simply serve in a baked potato or even on your toast.
Looking for some more pesto inspired recipes? Then check these out before you go;
Pesto ice-cream (yes, told you I was a pesto addict)
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Homemade pesto butter
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 125 g unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp basil
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese grated
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Toast the pine nuts n a dry pan for about 1 minute till just golden and aromatic, remove from pan and cool
- Whizz everything in food processor
- Chill and roll out using a mini cookie cutter to cut out shapes or roll in baking paper and label before storing in freezer