Dried Chile Pepper Butter
Use any dried peppers to make this colorful and pungent butter; color will vary according to the type of pepper used.
- 1 dried ancho chile, pasilla, or other dried pepper
- 1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature
Break apart dried pepper, and remove seeds and stem. Transfer pepper to a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, and grind to a fine powder. There should be 2 tablespoons powder.
Place butter in a medium bowl. Use a rubber spatula to smooth butter into a paste. Stir in ground chile pepper until evenly distributed. Divide evenly between two pieces of parchment paper. Wrap in the parchment, forming an even cylinder; tie ends, and label. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill. To use, unwrap paper, and slice off pieces of butter. Will keep refrigerated 2 weeks or frozen up to 1 month.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July/August 1997