Stir together in a small bowl, mixing well:
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup chopped herbs (such as parsley, chives, cilantro, dill, tarragon),
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne
Taste and adjust the salt and lemon as needed.
Serve the butter as is, soft and spreadable; or roll it into a log in wax paper, chill until hard, and cut it into coin-shaped pieces.