Homemade Garlic Butter

by Jo Kenny

I think garlic butter has gotta be universally loved, right? I cannot think of a single person who doesn’t love garlic bread, or some hot garlic butter melting over a steak or some vegetables. Ah – absolute heaven!

Well if you’re a garlic butter enthusiast then I urge you to get some homemade garlic butter in your life. Get high off your own supply. Homemade garlic butter takes just over one hour to make and my recipe will transform your cooking. The garlic flavour becomes rich and earthy, packing a real punch without the lingering bad breath. This is an intense flavour bomb that you can store in your fridge, make in bulk and freeze and best of all, use on just about anything. God bless the versatility of garlic butter!

Equipment for Garlic Butter:

  • Tin foil
  • Peeler
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Dish

Garlic Butter Ingredients:

  • 2 large heads of garlic
  • Peel of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 125g butter (softened)
  • Handful of fresh rosemary, chopped

Prepare and cook your garlic butter.

Start by preheating your oven to 150c. Get a decent sized square of tin foil and place flat on a work surface. Cut your garlic heads in half and place into the centre of the foil. Don’t worry about removing the skin, this can stay for the cooking.

Use a peeler to peel off lots of lovely shavings of lemon and place around the garlic. Now drizzle with olive oil and use clean hands to make sure all surfaces are coated. Crack over some black pepper and now gather up the edges of your foil to seal the garlic and lemon inside. Don’t wrap it too tightly: give the ingredients some space to steam.

Your parcel will now go into the oven to bake for 1 hour. Get ready for your kitchen to smell incredible!

Process your garlic butter.

When that hour is up remove your garlic and lemon parcel from the oven. Carefully open up the parcel and allow to cool for a couple of minutes so the garlic can be handled.

Your lovely lemon peel has done its job and can be discarded.

Here comes the best bit of making garlic butter. The squeeze! Once your garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the base of the garlic halves and watch all that lovely soft roasted garlic come out. Squeeze this into a dish and add the butter, chopped rosemary and a generous sprinkling of sea salt and more black pepper.

Use a fork to mash together the ingredients. A shallow dish is best to give you the room to mash. Have fun doing this until the ingredients are fully and evenly combined.

Storing your garlic butter.

Your garlic butter is now ready! And you’ll have enough for a good few meals.

How you store your butter is up to you:

  • In a small bowl
  • Rolled into a sausage and wrapped in greaseproof paper
  • Shaped into a block and wrapped in greaseproof paper
  • Refrigerated: Keep your garlic butter safe and fresh by storing in the fridge. Because of the added ingredients it is not recommended that you store at room temperature as you can with plain butter.
  • Frozen: Your homemade garlic butter is suitable for home freezing. Be sure not to thaw and refreeze.
  • Ice cubes: portion your butter into ice cube trays and you’ll have instant flavour bombs to drop into your cooking!

Your garlic butter will keep in the fridge for a week. If you want to make some in advance you can freeze it.

How to enjoy your garlic butter.

This really is such a versatile and easy way to add flavour to your meals. And the difference that roasting makes to the flavour of the garlic is amazing. It will change from a strong hum to an earthy, aromatic taste. It lends itself so well to so many different dishes, the options are endless!

  • Vegetables: melt a knob of butter over hot vegetables, any you like. This butter is especially good on carrots, green beans and corn on the cob.
  • Garlic Bread: Of course, the obvious application! Choose a nice rustic bread like a french baguette, ciabatta or sourdough. Slice into thick cuts, leaving the base attached. Slather your garlic butter in between the slices and then wrap in foil and cook in the oven at 180c for 20 minutes, or on the BBQ for 10-15 (turning regularly).
  • Spaghetti: A simple celebration of your garlic butter is to toss it with hot pasta and serve with a grating of parmesan. Just 3 ingredients, that will deliver a delicious quick meal.
  • Steak: An indulgent steak dinner is best made with an abundance of butter. Drop a large knob of your garlic butter into a very hot pan and cook your steak in this, using a spoon to pour the melted butter over the top of the steak. Your steak will taste unreal!
  • Cooking Base: There is so much incredible flavour in your roasted garlic butter that it provides a fantastic base for cooking in general. Garlic and herbs are the foundation of nearly all meals so you can quickly add flavour to your cooking by using this instead of regular butter or olive oil.
  • Fried Tomatoes: Treating yourself to a fry up? Take plum or cherry tomatoes and fry in the garlic butter until softened.
  • Fried Onions: Onions and garlic are best friends. This makes so much sense. Fry your onions in your garlic butter and use them in sandwiches, as a base for your meals. Just eat them on their own they’ll be that delicious.

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