Sunday, June 2, 2013

Roasted Strawberry Tarragon Butter for Summer Berries #SundaySupper


If you don't like strawberries, you're "weird."

It's true!  According to a recent National Survey, people labeled strawberry lovers as "health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy." Non-strawberry lovers, on the other hand, were described as "weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods."

OK, so I'm not really sure about the credibility of this survey, and I, of course, would never say anyone is weird.  But I found it on the Internet, and everything you find on the Internet is true, right?

I also found out that strawberries are the fruit of love, they are the only fruit to have seeds on the outside, and ironically are known to have a cooling effect...

an unexpected bonus today seeing as our air conditioning went out, on the hottest day of the year so far.

We weren't feeling the love.


But, everything is better with butter, right?  And when I think butter, I think bakery.  So, we headed out to the bakery and loaded up on bagels and scones and a big loaf of French bread...

it couldn't get much better, or cooler.

And neither can this week's Sunday Supper.  You see, this week, which is hosted by the lovely Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes, is all about Summer Berries.

So, this "health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy" strawberry-loving girl decided to try a recipe that I'd been thinking about for a while.  I've always enjoyed flavored cream cheese, but I've never tried to make flavored butter.  Turns out, it was just as simple and even more flavorful.

Because again, everything is better with butter.  Yea, now I'm feeling the love.

But, why the roasting, when we're in peak berry season?  Because roasting adds an extra sweetness and depth of flavor from the carmelization, that you just don't find with a fresh berry- a perfect balance to the richness of the butter.  Add in some local honey and fresh herbs, and you've got a winning condiment that could rival bread baskets in the finest restaurants around the world.

And it doesn't stop at strawberries.

Here are a few other fun combinations I came up with (all with honey and berries roasted):

- Blueberry and Thyme
- Blackberry and Rosemary
- Raspberry and Mint
- Loganberry and Lemon Grass
- Gooseberry and Basil

And for the "weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods" people out there- a non-berry option that I also thought sounded good...

- Lemon Zest and Cardamom



Roasted Strawberry Tarragon Butter

1 stick of butter, softened
4-5 strawberries, sliced
4-5 fresh tarragon leaves, chopped fine
1-1/2 teaspoons local honey
Olive oil

Place the strawberries in a shallow dish (I use a glass pie plate).  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and roast for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until softened and starting to caramelize.  Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, cooled strawberries, tarragon and honey.  Stir to combine.  Check flavors and adjust according to taste.  Spoon mixture into a small dish, or to create a log (like above) spoon onto wax or parchment paper, and roll up to create desired shape.  You can also press into cookie cutters to create fun shapes.  Refrigerate or store in freezer.

Simply divine!
But, that's not all... you're going to want to check out these berrylicious recipes, too!

Breakfast & Brunch

Sweet & Savory Berry Recipes

Jams, Jelly, Sauces & More

Desserts

Cocktails, Drinks & Smoothies

Party Planning

50 comments:

  1. Whew! I'm not weird. I love strawberries! I am also enchanted by the idea of making pretty berry butter and cutting it into cute shapes. Thank you for the splendid recipe. Appreciate your list of other fun butter options, too =)

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    1. Hi Kim! Yes, wouldn't it be fun to cut shapes like hearts for Valentine's Day, etc? ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Glad to know I'm not weird because I love strawberries! Now I'm ready to bake some biscuits and make this butter to have an incredible breakfast.

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    1. LOL... guess we're all a little "weird," and I like that! ;-) Hope you enjoy the butter, it sounds divine with your biscuits!!!

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  3. This is so very cool! I really want to try this butter and I love pressing it into cookie cutters, what a great presentation!

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    1. Thanks Lane... I love how it's so easy to mix up the flavors according to your taste!

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  4. Wow, what a yummy butter! I can see spreading this on my toast!!

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    1. Thanks, and yes, it would be delicious on toast, too! ;-)

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  5. I'm sure you're supposed to eat this on bread but it looks good enough to eat by the spoonful!

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    1. lol! I agree Amanda ;-) And thank you!

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  6. I'm with Amanda--this looks so good, I'd want to eat it straight. Of course, I must show some self control, and a generous slathering on a biscuit sounds divine!

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    1. Love it Anne!!! Thanks for stopping by!! ;-)

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  7. As a berry lover I could not agree with the survey result more :)

    Could I please get a piece of french slathered with this delicious butter right now? Thank you :) ~ Bea

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    1. But of course, Bea!!! And yes, French bread is my favorite too!

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  8. This is so pretty! I'd love to make it for a brunch and set it out with bagels and muffins.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I made the blueberry version today, and yum! It's so fun as they each come out such different shades and textures!

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  9. Haha! Thanks for giving me another reason to love strawberries (and stay out of the "weird" camp! :)

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    1. Lol! We are the cool foodies, for sure ;-)

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  10. Saw this on Twitter. This looks and sounds incredible. I wonder if I've ever met one of those weird people that don't like strawberries????? :)

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    1. Hi Lea Ann! Thanks for stopping by, and wow, just checked out your blog, and LOVE IT! Hope you enjoy the recipe, and if you feel up to it, join us for our Twitter chat tonight at 7pm EST... #SundaySupper. It's always a good time!! ;-)

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  11. I love strawberries and this combination is delicious.

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    1. Thanks Kathya... appreciate you stopping by!

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  12. Strawberry butter!! Yes please :) I will take some of this right now. YUM.

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    1. Hi Megan! Hope you give it a shot... it's so simply and yummy!

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  13. This butter sounds so amazing Di, and way to perk up a simple bagel! Or over pancakes, or even grilled chicken. It´s wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Paula! And what a fantastic idea! You could actually increase more of the fresh herbs, and less of the honey for savory dishes, too... love your creativity!!

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  14. What a cool idea to make a berry butter! Unfortunately, I should be labeled as weird: the texture of strawberries freaks me out, but I love the flavor of them! I hope that survey is not right! ;) Haha!

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    1. You aren't weird, Katie... just berry challenged ;-) Seriously... maybe you could try one of the other berry options? I'm going for the raspberry mint next... can't wait to try it!

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  15. This strawberry butter is heads and tails above what you find in tubs at the market! Truly gourmet and scrumptious!

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    1. Thanks Liz... means a lot coming from you! Hope you give it a try, we loved it!

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  16. Love the survey!! We all adore strawberries here. Almost always have them in the fridge!! Your butter is perfectly divine!!!

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    1. I knonw, the survey cracked me up... glad no one took it seriously! ;-) And hope you enjoy, Tara! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. What an absolutely delicious combo...I love strawberries and tarragon (and butter, of course), so I know I'd love this. ;)

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    1. Thanks Heather!!! Such a fun theme this week... and I'll trade you some butter for your amazing drink!

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  18. Love how easy but delicious this sounds!!!

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    1. Hi Tammi! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you give this, or one of the versions a try... it's yummy!

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  19. Simply divine indeed!Love the idea of roasting the strawberries and cannot wait to try this recipe!Love the colors and such a great idea of using Strawberries in this way :)Yumm..

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    1. Thank you Soni! I love to roast anything, and last year when I tried grapes and cranberries, well... I'm hooked!

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  20. This butter looks delicious! I think it would be good on pretty much anything!! Great recipe and I love the idea of cutting it into shapes.

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    1. Thanks Isabel! Appreciate you stopping by, and what a fabulous #SundaySupper this week (well, they all are! ;-)

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  21. What a terrific idea. I love the roasting-totally deepens the flavour.

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    1. Thanks Jane! I agree... love roasting!!

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  22. Ugh, sorry to hear about your AC. That's pretty much the worst on a hot day! I LOVE making compound butters. I always make them for Thanksgiving dinner, and my family always tells me I go to way too much trouble for them. But seriously, I think compound butters are one of those things that are just super simple but people really think you put a ton of work into them. I've never tried a berry one, but now I want to!

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    1. Thanks Lori... we've finally cooled off around here and grateful it got fixed!!! And I agree, they are so simple, but so sweet of your family saying that... they sound so nice, like you!

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  23. Oh my goodness you just combined two of my daughter's favourite ingredients, strawberries and butter. I am going to have to try this as a treat to spread on her toast this afternoon.

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    1. Awesome, Laura! Hope you and your daughter enjoy it! ;-)

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  24. oh my goodness! this sounds divine! must try this, yum!

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    1. Thanks Alice! Appreciate you stopping by! ;-)

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  25. This is so interesting ! Don't think I've ever tasted this kind of butter before ! Looks so good ! Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Thanks Suni! I've tried them in the past w/fresh herbs, and with my sweet tooth, well, I'm loving this version! ;-)

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