Last Updated July 15th, 2021 at 04:09 pm by Lisa
Sun-Dried Tomato Butter is amazing on hot pasta, roasted vegetables, sizzling grilled steak, or oven warmed baguettes and dinner rolls.
Homemade condiments like compound butter really elevate your cooking. I combined my Herb Butter and Sun Dried Tomato recipes, and have so many ways to slather this yummy tomato butter into your dishes...
Compound Herb Butter Top Tips
It’s very easy to make fresh herb butter or compound butter at home.
- Pro Tip: Use a clean sharp pair of kitchen scissors to cut the herbs in a jar or cup instead of with a knife and a cutting board. (see below for more).
- Pick a high-quality brand of fresh butter, I recommend salted butter but unsalted works fine.
- Let the butter soften to room temperature for a couple of hours. PRO TIP: The butter should be very soft and easy to mix, cut into small cubes to soften faster.
- Fresh herbs work best, you can clean them underwater and allow them to air dry for several hours prior to chopping.
- Both dried and fresh herbs may be used to season the butter, but I think fresh herbs make it extra flavorful and beautiful!
How To Make Sun Dried Tomatoes
- You can buy or make Sun-Dried Tomatoes at home in the oven or by using a food dehydrator.
- Most people will prefer to make these at home in the oven, it goes faster, but if you have a food dehydrator that is a great option as well.
- 2 pounds small mixed tomatoes or Roma tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning (optional)
Oven Dehydrator Method
- Line metal baking sheets with parchment paper. Don't place directly on the metal or use foil which can react with the tomatoes.
- Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
- Wash and slice the small tomatoes ¼" thick slices, the thinner the faster they will dry out. You can cut them round or the long ways into different shapes you like!
- Arrange cut side up on a baking sheet. Optional: sprinkle very lightly with sea salt and or Italian seasoning. I highly recommend sprinkling sea salt and Italian seasoning on them, it makes them spectacular.
- At 2 hours rotate your pans in the oven, this helps distribute the heat evenly on your sun-dried tomatoes.
- Return to the oven and bake for at least 2 more hours, until tomatoes are "dry and leathery". My top sheet pan was done in 2:45 minutes but the bottom pan was 3 hours 15 minutes.
Ways To Use Sun Dried Tomato Butter
- Spread on any warm loaf of bread or hot dinner rolls
- Add to sizzling grilled steaks
- Melt into hot pasta
- Melt slices on grilled, roasted, or baked potatoes
- Try on shrimp or grilled salmon
- Incredible on Mashed Potatoes
- Great on Grilled Corn
Once the compound butter is made, it can be stored in a small covered container, wrapped in plastic wrap, or in parchment paper, and chilled until it is firm enough to be sliced.
More Flavored Butter
Sun Dried Tomato Butter (Compound Butter)
- 4 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes finely chopped
- ½ cup butter soften at room temperature
- ¼ cup fresh herbs minced rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt optional if using salted butter
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- other herbs to try! sage, dill, chives, tarragon, oregano, or green onions
- Leave the butter out at room temperature for a few hours to soften. PRO TIP: cut the cube into little cubes and it will soften faster.
- Snip fresh herbs and sun dried tomatoes in a small mug or glass jar with clean kitchen scissors until the herbs and tomatoes are finely minced.
- Mix soft butter, ¼ cup finely chopped herbs and sun dried tomatoes, ½ teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, in a small bowl with a spatula.
- Place your sun dried tomato butter in a small sealed container with a lid, it will keep in the fridge for a week. Or place on parchment paper in a log shape, roll and twist ends closed-keep in fridge or freeze for longer storage.
storage optionsPlace on plastic wrap or parchment paper in a log shape, roll, and twist ends closed. Place in a ziptop bag, and freeze for up to 2 months. OR Place your compound butter in a small sealed container with a lid, it will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
sun dried tomato butter uses
- Melt on hot pasta
- Try it on toasted bread, steak, fish, or vegetables.
- Great to slice off on a sizzling hot steak
- Rub under the skin of your turkey or chicken before roasting. The butter flavors the poultry and keeps it moist while helping to crisp the skin of the chicken or roasted turkey.