orange coriander honey butter

Coriander Honey Butter

August 15th, 2016 Posted by Appetizers, Bread, Food, Homemade Condiments, Snacks No Comment yet

I think the easiest thing for me to make (and eat) is any kind of dip or spread. Homemade nibbles are such a unique thing to serve at a party, and you can tailor them to the season or meal so easily. People always remember a good homemade appetizer — it’s like a magic trick. 

When I’ve been invited to a last minute barbecue or I invited people over to my house, the first thing I do (besides deciding what to wear) is make a little snack for everyone to dig into right away.

A snack and a cold drink will get any party started and take stress off the host. It’s a delicious way to buy a little time! 

So here’s something even easier then an actual dip. A flavored butter. This can be made days or even weeks ahead. You could even store blocks of the stuff, already flavored up different ways, in your freezer — ready! 

All you need is some good butter. rBST free, please! And a small orange. We need the zest and the juice. Then we add some coriander, which is a really fabulously bright and citrusy-scented spice. Lastly, drizzle in some honey to lightly sweeten. It’s HEAVEN on crackers, bread or corn bread. Corn muffins would take it over the top. 

orange coriander honey butter -- pickle jar studios

I think it’s the orange + coriander combo, it makes it addictive. 

But wait! There’s more! Here’s some other ideas for what to do with this delightful butter: 

  • Rub it on chicken, in between the skin and the meat and roast in the oven. 
  • Melt it and mix it up with freshly popped popcorn (OMG. From experience I can tell you that this is dangerous.) 
  • Swirl a dab into a tomato or asparagus soup as a little garnish
  • Melt a teaspoon or so over cooked shrimp, cod or halibut. Seafood + orange = yum. 

So there you have it!  This butter is good and for more then just smearing on bread.

Although I’m perfectly happy with eating it just like that. 

Coriander Honey Butter
A flavored butter for more then just bread, but also perfectly delicious with it.
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups butter
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons coriander seed
  3. 2 tablespoons honey (local, raw and an herbal variety if possible, such as clover)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon zest of orange (you can also use lemon, Janet says, or 1 teaspoon herb like lemon balm, lemon verbena or lemon geranium)
  5. 2 teaspoons juice of orange or lemon
Instructions
  1. Grind the coriander in a spice grinder or old coffee grinder specifically for spices. You can also use a mortar and pestle. Grind until fine.
  2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer. Blend in the ground coriander seed, zest and slowly add the honey and citrus juice.
  3. Let the flavors meld in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Serve soft or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 cups.
  2. You can make this up to a week ahead of time, or 3 months ahead of time and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight and serve at room temperature.
Other ideas to use this butter
  1. > Rub it on chicken, in between the skin and the meat and roast in the oven.
  2. > Melt it and mix it up with freshly popped popcorn (OMG. From experience I can tell you that this is dangerous.)
  3. > Swirl a dab into a tomato or asparagus soup as a little garnish
  4. > Melt a teaspoon or so over cooked shrimp, cod or halibut. Seafood + orange = yum.
Adapted from from the Locavore’s Winter Table Cookbook 2nd Edition Corvallis First Alternative Co-op Recipe submitted by Janet Hagen
Adapted from from the Locavore’s Winter Table Cookbook 2nd Edition Corvallis First Alternative Co-op Recipe submitted by Janet Hagen
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