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Sun-Dried Tomato Butter and Spreads

Sun-Dried Tomato Butter and Spreads
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Using sun-dried tomatoes in a butter or a spread is the perfect way to get concentrated tomato flavor in the depths of Winter. Dry your own or use store-bought and whip it together with softened butter and herbs. Easy and delish!

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Principe Borghese tomatoes drying in the sun
Principe Borghese tomatoes drying in the sun

Sun-dried Tomato Butter

Butters that have herbs or grated citrus whipped into them are referred to as compound butters. Combining finely minced “sun-dried” tomatoes with softened butter is another delicious form of a compound butter. The beauty of this tomato butter is that it is easily frozen and can be used all Winter to enhance just about any recipe or dish.

The basic way to make this is to whip softened butter until smooth and fluffy and then to add minced or pureed sun-dried tomatoes. Often cooks will add minced garlic, fresh herbs, lemon juice, pepper and salt. See recipe below for my version.

What to Serve Tomato Butter With

There aren’t many dishes that tomato butter wouldn’t enhance. A few of my favorites are:

  • A topping on salmon (smothered salmon)
  • Stirred into any Italian pasta sauce
  • Melted over Romano beans or any other vegetable for that matter
  • As a spread on crackers or rustic breads
  • Stirred into scrambled eggs
  • As a spread on a sandwich
  • As a condiment on a cheese tray
  • Mixed into low carb spaghetti squash
Low carb spaghetti squash with sun dried tomatoes in a bowl
Recipe for Low carb spaghetti squash with sun dried tomatoes

Spreads Using Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Once sun-dried tomatoes are rehydrated they can be blended with a number of different bases to form delicious spreads. If you are drying your own tomatoes the key to flavor is to use a variety that is meaty with a good sugar-to-acid balance.

The Italian variety, Principe Borghese is considered the best tomato for drying as it is small, meaty and balanced in flavor. They are perfect to cut in half and dry in a food dehydrator!

Here are a few ideas for tasty spreads using sun-dried tomatoes:

  • Rehydrate and mince the tomatoes and add capers, garlic and herbs with a little vinegar and olive oil (perfect with goat cheese and crackers)
  • Blend rehydrated, minced tomatoes into a white bean puree with a bit of rosemary, olive oil and lemon juice and serve with pita bread
  • Blend with hummus and serve with fresh vegetables.

How to Dry Tomatoes

For the “how-to” on drying your own tomatoes, whether they be heirloom or not, click here.

How to Make Herbal Compound Butters

For a detailed article on how to make, freeze and use herbal compound butters, click here.

Two costoluto heirloom tomatoes on a plate

Sun-Dried Tomato Butter

Dorothy Stainbrook from HeathGlen Farm
Softened butter blended with rehydrated, minced sun-dried tomatoes has a ton of delicious uses. Try it in a veggie dip, a sandwich spread, a pasta sauce or with a cheese tray. An easy way to get concentrated heirloom tomato flavor in the Winter!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Bring butter to room temp and rehydrate tomatoes 30 mins
Course condiment
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Sticks Butter Salted or unsalted (add your own amount of salt if using unsalted); softened
  • 1/3 Cup Sun-dried tomatoes rehydrated and minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme Or your favorite herb (basil, oregano, dill, etc.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Mined
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice Fresh

Instructions
 

  • Unwrap butter and leave butter on counter until softened to room temperature.
  • Rehydrated dried tomatoes in warm water until soft and then mince with knife.
  • Mince herbs and garlic
  • Blend (or whip) all ingredients together (butter through lemon juice) and add salt if using unsalted butter.
    At this point you can either refrigerate and use as you go, or you can roll into logs, wrap in wax paper and freeze. Then slice off “coins” to use throughout the Winter to enhance dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 788IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword compound butter, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato butter
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