Herbal Butters and Oils

These easy, herb-infused delicacies make great (and inexpensive) gifts.


| December/January 2010



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The price of herbal oils and dipping sauces in gourmet shops might make you think they’re complicated, inherently expensive and difficult to make. Happily, this just isn’t true! You can make infused oils for the cost of some good cooking oil and a few herbs.


Photo by Howard Lee Puckett

Nothing tastes better than herb butter on brioche, popovers, French rolls or hot dinner rolls. Herb butter on grilled meats and fresh vegetables elevates a quick-fix weekday meal into an elegant dinner. Add our suggested stir-ins from the recipes above, or blend in your own favorite herbs.

Recipes for Herbal Butters and Oils

• Cilantro-Lime Butter
• Tarragon Butter
• Garden Herb Butter
Herb Dipping Oil
Crusty No-Knead French Bread

• Garlic-Chive Butter: In small bowl, blend ½ stick softened butter or margarine, 2 cloves finely chopped garlic and 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives.

• Parmesan-Parsley Butter: In small bowl, blend ½ stick softened butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons shredded Romano cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley.

Tips for Herbal Butters and Oils

The Simple Facts About Homemade Butters and Oils

The price of herb-flavored oils and dipping sauces in gourmet shops might make you think they’re complicated, inherently expensive and difficult to make. Happily, this just isn’t true. You can make infused oils for the cost of some good cooking oil and a few herbs. In fact, you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. As inexpensive as they are simple, they also make impressive gifts for any cook or hostess.





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