Fresh Garlic Butter
¼ cup butter
Crushed garlic to taste (start with 2 medium cloves)
2 t. finely minced parsley (optional)
1 t. lemon juice (optional)
Work butter on plate with knife or spoon until slightly soft (not too soft). Work in crushed garlic, parsley, and lemon juice. Pour off extra lemon juice. Refrigerate till firm. Put a pat of garlic butter on top of hot food as it is served. Garlic butter is wonderful on grilled meats, fish, and steamed vegetables.
For garlic bread, omit lemon juice. Slice crusty loaf of bread and spread garlic butter between slices. Wrap loosely in aluminum foil and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes.
—a Strawberry Hill Farm recipe