For the butter, you can of course use regular old salted butter and it will work just fine. But if you have an extra 15 minutes, you can turn plain old heavy cream into your own butter with your mixer or food processor. That’s what I do, and it’s just plain heaven.
However you decide to handle the butter, you want it nice and soft and room temperature. Meanwhile, back at the tomatoes, pop them in the oven and bake them until they are splitting apart a little and the juice is running out. This is best done on a foil-lined baking sheet to cut down on the clean-up time. It’s summer, and the last thing we want to be doing is cleaning up the kitchen.
Once they are cooked and cooled, pop them in your food processor and give them a good whirl until they are nice and smooth. A few tiny pieces are fine, but in general you want them smoothish.
Now spoon the tomato into the softened butter. Start with a couple of tablespoons and keep adding it until your butter is as tomato-y as you like it. I like mine nice and tomato-y. And that’s all there is to it!
Well, except for tearing off a hunk of bread, slathering it with tomato butter, topping it with a fresh basil leaf and taking a big bite.
It’s also just lovely stirred into fresh hot pasta, or dolloped onto a hot grilled filet mignon…I could keep on going, but I think you see where all this is leading. Go butter up some tomatoes!
Tomato butter is great stirred into hot pasta, spooned on top of hot grilled steak or burgers, or spread on french bread and topped with fresh basil!