Herbed butters stored in your freezer are a time-saver when grilling vegetables.
In the summer and early fall, my husband and I use our outdoor grill often — at least four times in a week. We enjoy grilling meats, seafood and vegetables of all kinds. Fresh corn, potatoes, peppers and onions are the most common for us to add to a meal.
I noticed that I was using some of the same flavor combinations repeatedly, adding the same seasonings, especially when grilling veggies. In order to save some time, I decided to incorporate these flavors into an herbed butter.
To make herbed butter, I simply added dried herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, chives, dried basil, parsley and oregano to a stick of softened, unsalted butter. Once combined, I transferred the butter mixture to a piece of parchment paper. I rolled the butter into a long log and folded and sealed the ends. I labeled the butter and placed it in the freezer for about an hour to harden.
A mixture of dried dill, garlic powder and parsley make a tasty Ranch Butter, which is great to use on fresh corn and potatoes cooked in foil packets on the grill. A mixture of crushed red pepper flakes, Italian Seasonings and minced garlic make a kicked-up Zesty Italian Butter and can be tossed in with grilled red, green and yellow peppers.
The combinations are endless and can be personalized to your taste. If you grill fish often, add black pepper, garlic salt and lemon zest to unsalted butter. If chicken is regularly on the menu, add dried thyme, black pepper, paprika and onion powder to your butter. Using the herbed butter on vegetables and meats will flavor your food while also keeping it moist on the grill.
Once frozen, you can slice it into discs. Place a disc of herbed butter on your veggies or meat on the grill. It is just that simple. Place unused herbed butter in a small plastic bag and store it in the freezer.
This is truly a hassle-free way to make your grilled veggies flavorful and seasoned perfectly every time.