I can’t even begin to tell you how happy my eyes are to see all of this GREEN. I think I probably say this every year, but it feels like winter has lasted forever, and as a result I’ve definitely come down with a serious case of root vegetable ennui. Parsnips, rutabagas, and turnips are great and all…but if I don’t eat them again until next fall, it will be too soon!
In the spirit of embracing as much fresh spring produce as I can, I’ve been scouring restaurant menus and my cookbooks for seasonal veggie inspiration, and one thing I couldn’t help but notice is that this season, miso butter is everywhere. It’s being smeared on savory toast, sprinkled on freshly popped popcorn, and used to spice up scrambled eggs. After seeing it over and over again, I realized I had to see what all the hype was about!
In it’s simplest form, miso butter is pretty much just a compound butter. It sounds fancy, but it is basically just room temperature butter and miso that have been smashed together and then re-chilled in the fridge so that the flavors meld together, yielding a condiment that is both rich and deeply savory. Then, because I’m a spice junkie, I also mixed in both sriracha and ginger for some added bite.
While the resulting butter is good enough to eat with a spoon, I liked it best melted over two of my favorite spring veggies – asparagus and peas. After a brief sauté to tenderize them, they’re topped with a dash of the miso butter while they’re still hot, which melts into all of their crevices. The salt and heat of the miso butter help to bring out the inner sweetness of the veggies so that you get a mix of sweet and savory in every bite. Feel free to drown all of your veggies in it. I know I will.Print
Liven up your spring veggies with savory, spicy miso butter!
Leftover miso butter can be used to spread on toast, mix into scrambled eggs, or tossed with just about any vegetable to add extra flavor before serving.
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