You can melt a little, and drizzle onto your favorite vegetables. The butter flavor mixed with the lemon will make your vegetables pop in your mouth with pure deliciousness.
It is simply delicious with asparagus on toast. Spread on the butter, and top with cooked asparagus. Enjoy the lemony taste mixed with the asparagus.
Lemon Balm Lemon Butter can be used to cook chicken, fish or pork. Just brush onto the top of the meat using a pastry brush, and cook as you normally would following the recipe. It gives the meat a subtle, yet delicious lemon taste. Melt and Pour Onto Your Favorite Veggies!
- 1 stick salted butter, creamed
- 1/4 cup lemon balm leaf, finely chopped
- pinch parprika
- dash lemon zest, grated very finely
Prep time: 20 min Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 1 stick of creamed butter
- With mixer, blender, or by hand cream the butter.
- Add finely chopped lemon balm herb
- Add zest of lemon.
- Sprinkle in paprika.
- Stir in well and let sit for 1 hour.
If you are using a butter mold, follow directions on how to mold it. You can use it right away, or let sit for 24 hours or more. The longer it sits, the more lemony flavor the butter will have. You can sprinkle the paprika on top to add a decorative touch.
How To Cream Butter In A Bowl
- Take the stick of butter and put it in a bowl. Let it sit at room temp for about an hour. Time will vary depending on weather, and room temperature.
- When warmed, take a knife and fork and break it up into smaller pieces in the bowl.
- Using a small whisk, start to whisk the butter in circular motion. As you do this, the friction will help the butter soften up.
- Keep whisking until the butter is as soft as a tub butter would be. Once it is at this stage, you can continue with the recipe.
Variations To The Recipe
- Add a pinch of garlic. You can use garlic powder or finely chopped garlic. Add a little at a time. Avoid garlic salt, as this will make the butter too salty.
- Adding a dash of sweet marjoram gives a slight Mediterranean taste.
- A pinch of basil adds just a hint of savory taste to the butter.
- A dash of cayenne adds some spice to it, and is great for using on popcorn.
- Add a dash of onion powder, or finely chopped onion.
- A pinch of Thai seasoning gives a kick to the butter. It is very delicious for meat or veggie dishes.
- For a bit more lemon flavor, add a pinch or two of crushed Lemon Thyme.
- Add a dash of sugar and cinnamon for delicious morning toast
You can also come up with your own combination of spices and herbs.
Add A Little Honey
Add one teaspoon of local raw honey for a delicious butter that can be used on pancakes and waffles. Raw honey works a little better than regular honey as it is a little more solid. You can use regular honey if no raw honey is available.
Add the honey as you are whisking the butter to the cream stage. The butter can be used right away for mouth watering pancakes, or you can let it set.
Molding The Butter For Parties
If you are going to be using the butter for a party, wedding or other fancy occasion, you may consider using a fancy butter mold. Butter molds are a fantastic way to show off the herbal butter.
Press the softened butter into the chosen mold. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours.
You can place the molded butter onto the center of a plate lined with some fancy greens like kale, or spinach. You can also place a dish of herbal Lemon Balm Lemon Butter into the center of a dish, and place the cooked vegetables around it. The butter acts as a sort of center piece for the vegetables.
Butter molds come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy them from specialty kitchen or culinary supply stores. If you can’t find them in your home town, check on the internet. Many websites have a variety of them.
To zest a lemon, you will either need a fruit zester, or a fine cheese grater. Be sure to pick out a firm lemon.
- Be sure to wash the fruit before use. Dry it gently, as you don’t want to soften it.
- Hold the grater with the teeth facing up.
- With slight pressure start grading the lemon. Continue turning the lemon. Be sure not to zest any of the white part of the skin. The inner white is very bitter, and it could spoil your recipe.
Serving size: 1 tsp
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g 18%
Saturated fat 8 g 40%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 15 mg 5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.