When I used to teach 6th grade the day before American Thanksgiving every year I would show Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and feed the kids the dinner that Snoopy made: popcorn, pretzel sticks, jelly beans, and buttered toast. What was always interesting to me is that the kids inhaled the buttered toast. I mean inhaled. I had never seen anything like it before. It was $1 cheap white bread and butter. And then I realized when they kept asking me why my toast was so AMAZING. They had never had real butter.
I am a butter girl so I didn’t even think about it but that was during a time when butter was evil and the wonderful transfat filled margarine was the way to go. Ha! Butter truly does make everything better! I already posted about my wonderful Plugra Gourmet Club dinner that we had well here is one of the recipes I adapted. This butter is not actually from the Gourmet Club, but the large list of flavored butters that they have on their site. I adapted it to what ingredients I had and for food allergies. When you are making something like a flavored butter you really do want to go with Plugra…quality really is needed here.
Find a baguette and get spreading.
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- 1/2 pound Plugrá® European-Style Butter, salted, at room temperature
- 1 pound bacon, cooked, crumbled
- 1/3 cup artichoke hearts, marinated, drained, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 TBSP Parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 TBSP mascarpone cheese
- 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper, coarse
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well mixed, about 30 to 45 seconds.
- Transfer compound butter mixture to a butter bell crock or serving dish. All to chill for 2 hours before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- To serve you are going to want to bring it back to room temperature or you will have a hard time spreading.
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Bread and butter are my favorite things in the world. I will give up chocolate and bacon for freshly baked bread and real creamy butter. Wish I could buy Plugra around here.
There is nothing like real butter (especially when you pair it with homemade bread!). Funny story: when I made Thanksgiving food for the first time, I took a little of everything over to my grandparents’ house for them to have a little Thanksgiving feast too. My grandmother just raved about my mashed potatoes, telling me they were so much better than hers, and I asked how she made hers. Her answer was “with skim milk and Smart Balance.” Yeah, I think we all know why she liked my heavy-cream-whole-milk-and-butter-filled mashed potatoes better. 😛
Butter with bacon, artichokes, and garlic is speaking my language. I think I have some compound butter and toasty bread in my future!
joey @ 80 breakfasts says
I have always believed that bread and butter (with a little salt sprinkled on) is one of life’s most awesome pleasures!