Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was jam packed, but good. Actually, since my last post I have been non-stop busy with a concert, school work, regular work, visiting Steve’s parents, and Disney on Ice. My company has a box at the new Prudential center, and they provided me with free tickets, so we took my niece on Thursday. The look of complete awe on every single child’s face while they are watching is pretty funny! You would think that George and John came back to life and the Beatles were playing a reunion concert.
I have also been busy working on a presentation that I have to do on poultry rights tomorrow, which includes details on the living conditions and slaughtering practices of turkeys. Two days before Thanksgiving. How lucky am I? So needless to say, I’m more than ready to get through tomorrow and enjoy my 5 day weekend!
I wanted to include a biscuit recipe on this post, but I just didn’t have time for any trial and error sessions in my kitchen this past weekend. However, this cranberry-basil butter is more than capable of standing on its own because it is one of the best butters I have ever had. Not to mention the fact that it is so festive looking with the cranberry red and green specs in it.
Yield: about 4 ounces (1 stick’s worth)
1 stick of salted butter, margarine, or earth balance, softened
¼ cup craisins
½ cup fresh basil leaves, rinsed
Place the craisins in a small pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Let the craisins cook for about 10 minutes, until they are softened. Drain the craisins and rinse with cold water. Place in food processor with your basil and softened butter. Process until smooth. Spoon mixture into a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Now if you want to give this as a gift or favor to your guests, you can spoon some of the mixture onto a small sheet of brown parchment paper, and then form the butter into whatever shape you like (ball, log, etc). Then just roll it up in the paper and tie with some twine. Otherwise, little mason jars like the one I have in my pictures are always an awesome option. They are super cute, really cheap, and come in all different sizes. I picked up this little guy at Crate and Barrel for $2.95.
This recipe is easy, fool proof, and takes no time at all. And the best part is that it is so incredibly good. The basil really works well with the saltiness of the butter and tanginess of the cranberries. This would be an awesome option for those of you who like to put butter under the skin of the turkey prior to cooking too. Biscuits. Italian bread. Mashed potatoes. This would really work with anything. Now I’m hungry. I’m going to look for something to slather butter on, I’ll see you later…..