Sunday, June 2, 2013

Roasted Strawberry Tarragon Butter for Summer Berries #SundaySupper

If you don't like strawberries, you're "weird."

It's true!  According to a recent National Survey, people labeled strawberry lovers as "health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy." Non-strawberry lovers, on the other hand, were described as "weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods."

OK, so I'm not really sure about the credibility of this survey, and I, of course, would never say anyone is weird.  But I found it on the Internet, and everything you find on the Internet is true, right?

I also found out that strawberries are the fruit of love, they are the only fruit to have seeds on the outside, and ironically are known to have a cooling effect...

an unexpected bonus today seeing as our air conditioning went out, on the hottest day of the year so far.

We weren't feeling the love.

But, everything is better with butter, right?  And when I think butter, I think bakery.  So, we headed out to the bakery and loaded up on bagels and scones and a big loaf of French bread...

it couldn't get much better, or cooler.

And neither can this week's Sunday Supper.  You see, this week, which is hosted by the lovely Nicole from , is all about Summer Berries.

So, this "health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy" strawberry-loving girl decided to try a recipe that I'd been thinking about for a while.  I've always enjoyed flavored cream cheese, but I've never tried to make flavored butter.  Turns out, it was just as simple and even more flavorful.

Because again, everything is better with butter.  Yea, now I'm feeling the love.

But, why the roasting, when we're in peak berry season?  Because roasting adds an extra sweetness and depth of flavor from the carmelization, that you just don't find with a fresh berry- a perfect balance to the richness of the butter.  Add in some local honey and fresh herbs, and you've got a winning condiment that could rival bread baskets in the finest restaurants around the world.

And it doesn't stop at strawberries.

Here are a few other fun combinations I came up with (all with honey and berries roasted):

- Blueberry and Thyme
- Blackberry and Rosemary
- Raspberry and Mint
- Loganberry and Lemon Grass
- Gooseberry and Basil

And for the "weird, boring, stuffy-picky, fussy eaters who avoid healthy foods" people out there- a non-berry option that I also thought sounded good...

- Lemon Zest and Cardamom

Roasted Strawberry Tarragon Butter

1 stick of butter, softened
4-5 strawberries, sliced
4-5 fresh tarragon leaves, chopped fine
1-1/2 teaspoons local honey
Olive oil

Place the strawberries in a shallow dish (I use a glass pie plate).  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and roast for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until softened and starting to caramelize.  Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, cooled strawberries, tarragon and honey.  Stir to combine.  Check flavors and adjust according to taste.  Spoon mixture into a small dish, or to create a log (like above) spoon onto wax or parchment paper, and roll up to create desired shape.  You can also press into cookie cutters to create fun shapes.  Refrigerate or store in freezer.

Simply divine!
But, that's not all... you're going to want to check out these berrylicious recipes, too!

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  1. Whew! I'm not weird. I love strawberries! I am also enchanted by the idea of making pretty berry butter and cutting it into cute shapes. Thank you for the splendid recipe. Appreciate your list of other fun butter options, too =)

    1. Hi Kim! Yes, wouldn't it be fun to cut shapes like hearts for Valentine's Day, etc? ;-) Thanks for stopping by.

  • Glad to know I'm not weird because I love strawberries! Now I'm ready to bake some biscuits and make this butter to have an incredible breakfast.

    1. LOL... guess we're all a little "weird," and I like that! ;-) Hope you enjoy the butter, it sounds divine with your biscuits!!!

  • Saw this on Twitter. This looks and sounds incredible. I wonder if I've ever met one of those weird people that don't like strawberries????? :)

    1. Hi Lea Ann! Thanks for stopping by, and wow, just checked out your blog, and LOVE IT! Hope you enjoy the recipe, and if you feel up to it, join us for our Twitter chat tonight at 7pm EST... #SundaySupper. It's always a good time!! ;-)

  • This butter sounds so amazing Di, and way to perk up a simple bagel! Or over pancakes, or even grilled chicken. It´s wonderful!

    1. Thank you Paula! And what a fantastic idea! You could actually increase more of the fresh herbs, and less of the honey for savory dishes, too... love your creativity!!

  • What a cool idea to make a berry butter! Unfortunately, I should be labeled as weird: the texture of strawberries freaks me out, but I love the flavor of them! I hope that survey is not right! ;) Haha!

    1. You aren't weird, Katie... just berry challenged ;-) Seriously... maybe you could try one of the other berry options? I'm going for the raspberry mint next... can't wait to try it!

  • Love the survey!! We all adore strawberries here. Almost always have them in the fridge!! Your butter is perfectly divine!!!

    1. I knonw, the survey cracked me up... glad no one took it seriously! ;-) And hope you enjoy, Tara! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Simply divine indeed!Love the idea of roasting the strawberries and cannot wait to try this recipe!Love the colors and such a great idea of using Strawberries in this way :)Yumm..

    1. Thank you Soni! I love to roast anything, and last year when I tried grapes and cranberries, well... I'm hooked!

  • This butter looks delicious! I think it would be good on pretty much anything!! Great recipe and I love the idea of cutting it into shapes.

    1. Thanks Isabel! Appreciate you stopping by, and what a fabulous #SundaySupper this week (well, they all are! ;-)

  • Oh my goodness you just combined two of my daughter's favourite ingredients, strawberries and butter. I am going to have to try this as a treat to spread on her toast this afternoon.

    1. Awesome, Laura! Hope you and your daughter enjoy it! ;-)

  • oh my goodness! this sounds divine! must try this, yum!

    1. Thanks Alice! Appreciate you stopping by! ;-)

  • This is so interesting ! Don't think I've ever tasted this kind of butter before ! Looks so good ! Thanks for sharing !

    1. Thanks Suni! I've tried them in the past w/fresh herbs, and with my sweet tooth, well, I'm loving this version! ;-)

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