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  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed
  • 1 bunch fresh tarragon leaves, stems removed
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, stems removed
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • 1 ice cube
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat; generously salt water and return to a boil. Add herbs and cook for 30 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold running water.

  2. Step 2

    Place herbs on a cutting board and mince. Transfer to the jar of a blender with ice cube and cold water; blend, starting on low speed and working up to high until smooth. Scrape down sides and blend 20 to 30 seconds more, scraping down sides again if necessary.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer herb mixture to a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Whisk in butter, 1 piece at a time, and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to use.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2011