Caper, Tomato, and Olive Butter

This butter takes its flavorings from the classic Italian puttanesca sauce, a pungent, quick-to-make tomato sauce for pasta that usually includes dried red chiles. Time: 15 minutes, plus at least 30 minutes to chill.
Makes 1 cup, enough for 16 steaks


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1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 anchovy fillets
2 tablespoons dried tomatoes packed in oil (including a little bit of oil)
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup bottled capers
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves


1. In a food processor, whirl together butter, garlic, and anchovies until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and pulse 3 times (you want the ingredients to be coated in butter but still in large chunks).

2. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a work surface. Using a rubber spatula, scrape butter lengthwise onto the plastic. Lift the top edge of the plastic up and over the butter to meet the bottom edge of the plastic. Roll butter toward you, evening it out into a log about 4 in. long. Twist ends of the plastic to seal. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

3. Remove plastic wrap and slice off 1/4 in. portions (about 1 tbsp.) to serve over grilled steaks.

Make Ahead: Up to 1 week (keep chilled), or up to 1 month (keep frozen, wrapped in several layers of plastic).

Note: Nutritional analysis is per tbsp.

Created date

August 2008

Nutritional Information

Calories 67
Caloriesfromfat 90 %
Protein 0.5 g
Fat 6.7 g
Satfat 3.7 g
Carbohydrate 1.3 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Sodium 175 mg
Cholesterol 16 mg