I just wanted to share a really quick and simple way to spice up butter by using very common ingredients. What made me want to share this is that the ingredients came from my friend’s garden, grown in good old’ Delaware County.

What you’ll need:
– 1 stick of softened unsalted butter (do this at room temperature)
– 2 cloves of fresh garlic (these came from the garden)
– a handful of basil leaves (also from the garden)
– a handful of parmesan cheese
–  pepper to taste
– sea salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse away to a whipped consistency. Don’t have a food processor? Use minced garlic, finely chop the basil leaves and mash with a fork. Side note: when chopping fresh basil, I’ve learned that it’s easier to grab a few leaves, roll them up and then chop.

When finished pulsing, place into a separate bowl or container and into the fridge to harden.

We used this butter on grilled corn on the cob, but it would be tasty on all kinds of things – steak, bread (duh), fish, fresh summer vegetables from our own garden…

What infusions have you tried? I’m thinking a sweet one next.