I love having fresh herbs growing in my garden. Being able to just walk outside and cut a few chives, or basil right when you need it is such a convenience. But for a long time, I just grew the herbs and never used them simply because I didn’t know how! I’m here to show you simple quick ways to use your garden produce with this Lemon Chive Butter recipe.
Every summer around the 4th of July when fresh corn is readily available in the garden, or the farmer’s market, or even the grocery store, I make this recipe. It is quick and easy, and is good on all sorts of things, not just corn on the cob. You can use the leftover butter on potatoes, or squash, or broccoli, or even filet mignon!
- 1 stick real butter
- 1 bunch fresh chive stems
- Dash of hot sauce such as Tabasco or Texas Pete
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Melt the stick of butter. If you are in a pinch for time, don’t melt it to the liquid state, just soften it good so that you can easily stir in the other ingredients. If you have plenty of time before serving, you can melt it fully.
Wash, dry and chop the chives and add to the softened butter.
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I have these multi-blade herb scissors that I love, but before I bought them I just used regular scissors to cut my chives. These came from Amazon a few years ago and looks like I am behind the times and now they are all amped up to 5 blades!
Add a dash or two of hot sauce to the butter. If you are using a less hot brand such as Crystal hot sauce or Louisiana hot sauce you may need to add more. Don’t be afraid of “hot” and try to skip this ingredient. It is very important to the flavor of the butter and I’ve never had anyone say the butter was hot.
Mine ended up with about 4 “dots” of hot sauce and actually when I taste tested it I considered adding a couple more.
Add the lemon juice to the butter. You can juice your own lemon, but since I never plan ahead and am usually making this right before supper, I used the bottled stuff and it tastes great.
Mix all the ingredients making sure to get the liquids mixed in well.
Place in the refrigerator until dinner time.
Another simple recipe for using your garden produce. Now, don’t be afraid like I was… get out there and USE those herbs!
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