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Fresh Chive & Garlic Butter Spread
Native to Asia and Europe, Chive is an English name coming from the Latin cepa, meaning “reed-like leek”, which then became cive in French. Prized for their flavor, this smallest member of the onion family grows in clumps like grass, sending up graceful, hollow, thin leaves up to 12 inches long. Unlike regular onions, no large bulb forms underground. Thus, it is the leaves that are the source of this onion flavor. Culinary uses for chives involve shredding its leaves (straws) for use as a garnishment and as both an ingredient and as a topping for dishes from salads, all meats, poultry and fish as well as potatoes and soups. Enjoy this delicious “compound” butter as a finishing topping on the aforementioned meats as well as an excellent spread for breads, both baked and unbaked.
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- 1/4 cup Salted Butter, softened
- 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 2 Tbsp. Fresh Chives, chopped
- 1 Garlic Clove, minced
- 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper, freshly ground
- 1 (1 lb.) French Bread Loaf, cut into 1" slices
- In a bowl, combine the butter, Parmesan cheese, chives and garlic and pepper.
- Spread on one side of each slice of bread; wrap in a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Seal the edges.
- Place on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
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