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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tomato and Smoked Paprika Butter,Swoon

I tell you what boy was I wrong.
         My smaller food processor has made me proud on mini ! HA get it! occasions and saving me a little extra effort. The bigger food processor does a fine job but for smaller jobs I like to use my smaller one. Thing is there are still dishes to do regardless! No escaping them,but maybe just a little less ground to cover...I'll go with that.

    So thinking I could chop up sun-dried tomatoes,I went on making one of Diana Henry's flavored butters. She has a ton of flavored butters in her Pure Simple Cooking cookbook, for example (take a seat the list is long.)
 Herb Butter                                Basil and Tomato Butter
Juniper and Thyme Butter      Chile and Cilantro Butter
Shrimp Butter 
Mint and Cider Butter
Dill Butter 
Martini Butter  
Roquefort Butter 
Tomato and Smoked Paprika Butter
Black Olive and Anchovy Butter

Really such a selection to fit all kinds of menus and how many more excuses do you need to eat more bread?!? The choices were plentiful and the flavors were all over the place.

I had to choose.

  I chose wisely. The flavors in the Tomato and Smoked Paprika would accompany nicely most of our meals in some way. The sun-dried tomatoes are so rich and bright at the same time. The tomato smells that wafted from just chopping them up with a knife were beautiful.

Yes you read that right: 1. Tomatoes can smell beautiful and 2. I just used a good ol' knife to chop the tomatoes. The min-food processor laughed at me.  One of my stand-by spices is smoked paprika. It add so much depth while using so little and the color is perfect.

    So while my guard dinosaurs watched ( benefits of a toddler sous chef) I chopped the tomatoes up as best I could,minced some garlic and put the tomatoes,garlic and the rest of the rest of the ingredients in the stand-up mixer. The paddle attachment did the job of mixing up all the tomato/smoked paprika goodness beautifully. The results were a glob of Kerrygold Butter covered in the most amazing smells and wound with rich flavors I can't wait to use.

I think first up with be a rubbing the butter under the skin of a whole chicken and roasting that joker in the oven. Oh the smells to come are just so exciting!

Tomato and Smoked Paprika Butter
adapted from Diana Henry
6 TBL unsalted butter,softened
2 TBL coarsely-chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 garlic clove,minced
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
freshly ground black pepper
1.Combine all ingredients in a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated. Wrap in plastic wrap then aluminum foil and freeze until ready to use.



  1. Now that is a promising list of compound butters! I don't have that particular cookbook of hers, but I do love having flavored butters around for various dishes. Saying that, I think you chose well. Tomato and Smoked Paprika butter would go well on anything (bread, pasta, used in eggs, on potatoes, etc.) I have no doubt it was delicious!

    P.S. I'm curious about the Martini Butter

  2. I am a huge fan of compound butters and have that list tagged in the book--they all sound so good. I think this one would be fabulous on top of roasted potatoes too! ;-)

  3. Smoked paprika and tomato is such a delicious combination. That butter will definitely add lots of flavour to whatever it's used in.

  4. That butter sounds good! Paprika and tomato sounds wonderful together! And yes, using it for a chicken roast would be mouth-watering indeed!

  5. I never realized Diana Henry has a whole list of compound butter recipes to try from. I love your tomato and paprika version, sounds really good to me on roasted chicken for sure. Now I'm thinking about that Roquefort butter :)