This month, in honor of Valentine's Day, Academy Awards, National Heart Health Day, National Cherry Day, etc....the theme is RED. That is a wide open category there!! I was very excited to be assigned Debra from Eliot's Eats. Debra and I belong in a couple of other groups together including Food n Flix which is always a blast. I know from seeing her posts in those other clubs that she is amazingly creative and a wonderful cook. I couldn't wait to get into her blog and sneak around.
And let me tell you....I will be going back there as soon as I get home from my trip to the Caribbean.....yep, I hate to tell you this but while you are reading this post, I am probably underneath the sea swimming with the fishies or lying on the beach with a good book or sitting by the pool with a fruity drink in my hand. OK....I don't really hate to tell you this but gloating is so unattractive, don't you think??
Alas....I digress...Now where was I??? Oh, yeah a recipe with the theme of RED in mind. Debra had a couple of interesting Tomato Soups, some pizzas with red sauce, a wonderful red chile sauce using dried red chile peppers that I got really excited about and then remembered that I gave Ting my dried red peppers to take home with her. Then I found a recipe for an Oregano/Tomato Compound Butter that Debra used for grilled corn. Doesn't that sound yummy? I tossed mine with some pasta that I served alongside chicken and it was wonderful!! Debra also used hers on a BLT and I can only imagine how delicious that was!!
I did make one adaptation to Debra's recipe. I didn't have any fresh oregano but I did have a tube of Gourmet Garden Fresh Italian Herbs so I used that instead. And since the theme is Red and I was tossing mine with Pasta, I added a full tablespoon of tomato paste.
The compound butter took only seconds to whip up.
All the ingredients are those which are staples in my refrigerator.
I have a feeling I will be making this up quite often to have on hand.
You can wrap it up in plastic wrap and it will keep in the refrigerator for a good long while.
I tossed most of it with the hot pasta and added a dollop on top for presentation.
This melted in and the pasta was delicious.
I added salt to the pasta as I was tossing but you could add it to the butter as well.
I think some garlic added in would be tasty as well but I am a garlic addict.
Herb/Tomato Compound Butter
slightly adapted from eliot'seats.
3 T. Butter, softened
1 T. Tomato Paste (affiliate link)
1 t. fresh Lemon Juice
1 T. fresh Italian Herbs
1/2 t. fresh Ground Pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Place on a sheet of plastic wrap and twist shut forming a small roll. Refrigerate until ready to use. Print Recipe
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- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
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- Alice from A Mama, Baby and Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Kim from Liv Life
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
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- Anna from Anna Dishes
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
- Heather from girlichef
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Janet from Cupcakes to Caviar