Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sun-dried Tomato Butter

The only time I ever tried sun-dried tomato butter was at an Italian restaurant called  Pete's Place in Singapore, many years ago. They had this wonderful spread of breads that you can help yourself to, and I would go straight for the orangey-coloured sun-dried tomato butter. It just had that "umami" flavour from the tomatoes that made it taste so addictive, I would keep going back for more. Since I had a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in the fridge that I hardly use, I figured I might as well turn it into this delicious butter that is versatile enough that you can also use them as a flavour topping for steaks (so good!!!), chicken, seafood, vegetables, pasta or anything you like. It's also a great and easy way to use up any leftover sun-dried tomatoes you may have.

Sun-dried Tomato Butter


1 cup (250g/8oz) butter, softened
2-3 tbsp finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, drained
1 tbsp chopped parsley (or a small handful)
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
Salt and black pepper, to taste


In a medium bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients (I used a small electric chopper/blender to chop them finely together) and beat until well combined. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for an hour before serving to allow the flavours to develop. Alternatively, roll it up in clingwrap into a  sausage shape, which makes it easier to cut out portions as and when needed. Keeps refrigerated for up to approximately 2 weeks. Freeze if you want to keep it for longer. Use it as a delicious spread for breads, or as a flavoursome topping for steaks, pastas or vegetables. Before using, remove from fridge and let it soften and come to room temperature before using as a spread on breads. If using on steaks, place a slice of butter on top of the hot steak and let it melt into deliciousness!


Mel said...

Ive never tasted this mix before. I bet this must be delicious as like the garlic butter. Well, I loves tomato and this would suit me too. Got to look for this sun dried tomato as it is not easy to find it here where I stayed.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I love this idea! I've made sun dried tomato cream cheese before for baguettes, but never butter. I can't wait to try!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

@Mel: It's got more flavour than garlic butter because of the saltiness of the tomatoes :)
@Katrina: Cream cheese sounds lovely too!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazingly easy and delicious! We're big fan of sun dried tomatoes! Well, we means my son and just me but that's okay my daughter and husband need to eat it because this looks SO GOOD! This made me think that I can make sun dried tomato cream cheese myself instead of buying... Got to make this!

Sook said...

As soon as I saw your first picture, I saved the post on pinterest. I am definitely making it sometime! Thanks for the recipe!

mycookinghut said...

This looks really interesting! I have never made flavoured butter before.

Shanen said...

Thanks for the recipe! Repinned this on Pinterest from the photo before I even visited the entry and realized I've had this at Pete's in Singapore:) I will try this soon.

lena said...

sounds good and make a delicious spread. i still hv sun dried tomatoes in the fridge, i see if i need to make them :)

Anonymous said...

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and definately will try it. Perhaps will try making it with cream cheese also. Thanks for the recipe