Ah, there it is....the butter dish at the beginning of Thanksgiving dinner.
A beautiful, untouched sight to behold.
It won't be long before each family member will be shaving a tiny pat with the butter knife and placing it on their plate.
The butter knife will be returned to the butter dish after each use and everyone will use their own table knife to butter their roll, vegetables or what have you.
That butter dish will be just as tidy at the end of dinner, albeit with a smaller cube.
Heck, who am I trying to kid??
We're real people around this house, and that means by the end of dinner you've got crumbs, jam, and a bit of gravy smashed around on the butter dish. You can only hope you don't get too many fingerprints on that impressionable cube.
To be perfectly honest, our butter knife is more often used as a makeshift screwdriver than anything else.
But a few years back I came up with a way to end the butter dish mess and add a little flavor too. I used my rubber candy molds to create individual pats...here are the specifics.
I generally make a plain and an herbed variety, so I begin with two squares of butter and let them sit at room temperature until they have softened.
To the savory variety mix in your favorite herb, finely chopped. I used fresh thyme here but rosemary or sage works well with a Thanksgiving dinner too. I added a bit of fresh ground pepper also.
Just experiment and add in your favorites.
After the herbs are well mixed with the butter, use a table knife to press the butter into the molds and scrape off the excess. Place the molds in the refrigerator for about 1/2 hour to set up. When the butter is firm simply pop the pats out of the molds.
This can be done several days ahead. Store the pats in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer and separate the layers with waxed paper.
When the big day arrives, serve the butter pats on ice. Everyone has their own tidy little serving.....
...and that my friends is the end of the communal butter mess at our house.
Happy Thanksgiving week!
PS: Just curious.... would you have read this post if I had titled it "Molded Butter"? That's the title I started out because it was more descriptive, but something about "molded butter" just sounded wrong in a gray fuzzy sorta way. Like I said, just wondering if you can say "molded butter" without it sounding moldy??
Sharing this idea at Stone Gable - On the Menu Monday , Debbiedoo's, and Cozy Little House.