Parmesan, basil and pine nut butter
- August 2022
- Hands-on time 10 min.
Pep up a chicken sandwich with umami-rich parmesan butter with pine nuts and basil. Try this versatile butter on toast or stirred into dips.
For an even more intense umami hit, try our seaweed and miso butter.
- 8.2g (5.2g saturated)
- 0.1g (0.1g sugars)
- 250g block unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 30g pine nuts
- 50g finely grated parmesan
- 50g finely sliced fresh basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Black pepper
- Roughly dice the butter before you begin mixing it with the other ingredients to ensure an even distribution of the flavourings.
- Put a small frying pan over a low-medium heat and tip in the pine nuts. Toast for 3-5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until they’re toasted and golden brown. Roughly chop or crush, then add to the butter along with the finely grated parmesan and basil. Season with ½ tsp salt and a good grind of black pepper.
- To mix, you can either use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to beat the butter and ingredients together (this gives a coarser finish, flecked
with pine nuts and herbs). Or pop everything in a food processor to whizz all the ingredients into a smooth butter, or stir ingredients into the butter with a wooden spoon (make sure your butter is super-soft to save on elbow grease).
- Once your butter is evenly mixed and tastes the way you want it to, it’s ready to use. Or wrap and freeze it, ready to be used whenever a dish needs something extra. Shape the softened butter into a sausage on a sheet of cling film, then wrap it up tightly, securing both ends by twisting or tying a knot. Put it in the freezer, where it will keep for up to 3 months. Whenever you need an instant hit of flavoured buttery goodness, slice off a thick coin or two from frozen, depending on how much you need, then rewrap and return the log to the freezer. Let the coins thaw for 20 minutes at room temperature or put straight in a hot pan to melt and baste whatever you’re cooking.
Use it to… create an instant topping for bruschetta or pep up a chicken sandwich – or melt and stir into soured cream for an Italian-inspired dip.
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