Kerrygold Give Away

I got to thinking, after posting all those odes to Kerrygold for the contest, that it would be wrong of me not to give you an opportunity to experience #butterlove for yourself.  The folks at Kerrygold have been very good to me and it’s only right that I pay that goodwill forward.  Besides, I think part of finding grace in everyday life is making the conscious decision to share that which you have with others.

So, two lucky folks will each receive:

  • One store coupon redeemable for the Kerrygold product of your choice…as in FREE y’all.
  • One eco-friendly reusable shopping bag featuring the fine Kerrygold logo.

While the folks at Kerrygold are not sponsoring this give away, I did receive these items from them at various blogging events.  But let’s be honest, the folks at Kerrygold could pass me on the street and we’d never recognize each other…unless they were decked out in that happy gold foil and I had #butterlove tattooed on my forehead.

Want a chance to win some #butterlove?  Leave a comment on this post no later than midnight on 20 November 2011 to enter the “sweepstakes”.  Be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form so I can contact you in case you’re one of the two randomly selected winners.

Sadly, it’s a litigious world y’all, so here’s the necessary long form, legal mumbojumbo, disclaimery type language:

  • This sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States only.  Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • The Give Away period shall commence at 8am on 16 November 2011.  Entries must be received no later than midnight on 20 November 2011.  Any entries received after that time will be disqualified.
  • Entries shall be limited to comments on this post and must include a valid email address in the comment form.  No alternate form of entry is available.
  • Each prize consists of: one manufacturer’s coupon for the Kerrygold item of your choice (approximate retail value $5); one reusable grocery bag.
  • Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries.
  • Bon Appetit Hon is not responsible for entries that are not received due to technical error.
  • Two winners will be randomly selected using on 21 November 2011 and will have five days to respond via email to claim their prize and provide shipping information.
  • All prizes will be awarded and shipped via USPS.  Bon Appetit Hon is not responsible for loss of prize by USPS.
  • Manufacturer’s coupons expire 31 December 2011.

Kerrygold Fruit Butter

Today marks my last Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Butter tip for the contest.  And it picks up with the spiced butter that I used in the Kerrygold Cardamom Toast.  I had a bit of it leftover, despite several spoonfuls that went into my mouth for “quality control purposes”.  I also had waffles on the menu and saw an opportunity to take that spiced butter to the next level by simply adding one thing…jam.

This particular batch of raspberry jam didn’t fully set so it was a cross between syrup and jam.  So if you happen to have either jam or maybe some syrup hiding out in your pantry, stir a teaspoon or two into that spiced butter.  Without breaking a sweat, you’ve made a fancy compound butter that will melt into the recesses of your waffle.  It is also an equal opportunity topping for other breakfast foods such as pancakes, scones, crumpets, and toast.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.

Kerrygold Cardamom Toast

Today’s Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Butter tip takes me back with an updated spin on a childhood favorite….cinnamon toast.  I have memories of slices of bread that were toasted, buttered, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  I also have memories of the cinnamon sugar ending up all over my plate because the butter just couldn’t hold it.  Melted butter lacks the muscle to grab onto the cinnamon sugar and turn it into a crisp, crunchy layer of deliciousness.  My friends, with only a few minor substitutions, you can take your cinnamon toast from drab to fab.  And Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Butter is here to help you.

First, you’re going to take that butter and out of fridge and scoop out a couple of tablespoons.  Try doing that with a regular stick of butter.  Put the butter into a small bowl, set an oven rack in the top position, and heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Next, take your spice of choice.  Cinnamon sugar is lovely but I am head over heels in love with cardamom sugar.  You can make your own or buy it online.  Let’s just say I buy mine in bulk.  Start adding the spiced sugar about a teaspoon at a time to the butter and work it in with a fork.  Again, try doing that with a regular stick of butter straight from the fridge.

Taste a bit of the spiced butter.  Do you want more spice flavor?  Then keep adding  your spiced sugar and tasting until it is how you want it.  While your oven continues to heat up, line a sheet pan with parchment and butter your bread slices.  Make sure you get a good layer of the spiced butter on the bread and that it goes all the way to the edges.  Place the bread, butter side up, on the parchment.

Bake for 10 minutes and then switch the oven over to broil.  Broil for a few more minutes,  carefully moving the pan around if necessary, until the top of the bread is bubbly and browned without being charred.

Enjoy immediately.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.

Kerrygold Beurre Manie

There is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many home cooks.  Sauce.  Think about it.  What other dish with so few ingredients has the power to cause as much anxiety and tears?   In my kitchen, sauce has always been a seat of my pants adventure.  Sometimes I get them right.  Other times they go horribly, horribly wrong.

I’m usually ok with roux based sauces that start with cooking butter and flour as the base of the sauce before hot liquid is added.  But that process is not always an option.  And that’s when things get dicey.  Have your liquid too hot when you add in the flour and instead of a perfectly thickened sauce you get pasty lumps that refuse to disperse.  Add too much flour and you’re likely to get gummy sauce.  Today’s tip illustrates that it doesn’t have to be like that.

There’s a french term, beurre manie, which literally means kneaded butter.  Despite the fancy pants name, beurre manie is not to be feared; it’s your secret weapon in the war against lumpy sauce.  Beurre manie is simply equal parts butter and flour mixed together until smooth. Nothing intimidating about that, is there?

When you whisk this mixture into your sauce, the butter melts away and allows the flour to evenly disperse into your liquid.  Traditionally, beurre manie is made by smearing the butter and flour together on the counter.  But with Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter, your counter, and your hands, stay butter free.  And your sauces and gravies stay beautifully lump free.

Kerrygold Beurre Manie

BAH Note:  You will want to skim the fat off of the liquid in your pan and then let it cook until reduced by about half before adding the beurre manie to the liquid.

  • 1 tablespoon Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Place the butter and flour in a small bowl.  Use a fork to mash the butter and flour together until they are fully combined and the mixture smooths out, approximately one minute.  Scoop out the mixture with a whisk and stir it into your hot liquid.  Whisk until completely incorporated and then cook your sauce for a few more minutes to thicken.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.

Kerrygold Brussel Sprouts

Today’s Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter tip crosses a line.  The line between love who love brussel sprouts and those who don’t.  And maybe, just maybe, this tip will inspire some to embrace the beauty of pan roasted brussel sprouts.

Think back to the Kerrygold Grilled Cheese.  The only thing missing from that to make a balanced meal was some vegetables.  Sure, you could microwave a bag of frozen vegetables but why would you settle for a one dimensional side when you could have the pan roasted goodness of brussel sprouts?  Forget about the bland, mushy things that have been boiled to death.  Pan roasting them in a bit of Reduced Fat Butter brings out a subtle, sharp, almost mustardy edge and they stay firm enough to spear on your fork.  This is the only way we make brussel sprouts at our house.  And there’s never a single one left at the end of the meal.

Did I mention that The Mistah and I used to be on opposite sides of the brussel sprouts line?  We used to be…and then I pan roasted them for him.  So on that night when you need an easy vegetable to round out your meal, give pan roasted brussel sprouts a try.  You might just be surprised.

Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts

BAH Note:  Don’t be alarmed if some of the leaves end up loose in your pan.  Let these leaves get good and charred.  They will add a bit of crunchy texture to the dish.

  • 1 container fresh brussel sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter
  • kosher salt
  • Kerrygold Ivernia cheese, grated (optional)

Trim the stem ends from the brussel sprouts, cut them in half, and remove the outer layer of leaves if they look a little sad.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add the brussel sprouts, cut side down, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.  When the cut sides are nicely charred, carefully shake the pan or use tongs to flip them over.  Continue to cook, occasionally giving the pan a shake, until the brussel sprouts are bright green and are just tender when you bite into one.

Serve the brussel sprouts with a sprinkle of grated Ivernia cheese.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.

Kerrygold Grilled Cheese

Today’s tip on using Kerrygold’s Premium Spreadable Butter solves a common problem.  It’s been a hectic day.  And at the end of it, your plan for a slow cooked meal has fallen apart and you can only muster enough energy to pull together a quick dinner before running off to the next drop off, recital, or meltdown.  You have to make a choice.  You can reach for dinner out of a box or through a drive through window.  Or.  You can reach into the fridge.  You’ve got bread, sliced turkey from the deli, and cheese…all the makings of a grilled cheese.  Only you didn’t know this morning before you left the house that all hell was going to break loose and you would be making dinner on the fly.

That’s the problem that Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Butter solves.  Straight from the fridge it easily goes onto the slice of bread that will become the foundation of your grilled cheese and the answer to your dinner dilemma.   In about the same amount of time it would have taken you to corral the kids, get them into the car without starting World War 3 about who gets to sit in the front, and hand over a wad of cash for fast food processed burger patties and formed chicken pieces, you can bite into warm, melty grilled cheese goodness.

Kerrygold Grilled Cheese

BAH Note: I personally have the luxury to let my grilled cheese cook low and slow in the frying pan.  But if you need to hurry things up a bit, raise the heat under you pan but be sure to check that it isn’t browning too fast.  You don’t want the outside to char before the inside gets good and melted.

  • Sliced Bread
  • Major Gray Chutney (optional but highly recommended)
  • Sliced Turkey (or ham if that’s your thing)
  • Kerrygold Aged Cheddar
  • Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Butter

Butter one slice of bread and place it butter side down into a cold frying pan.  Spread a thin layer of chutney, if using, on to the top of the bread.  Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order: slices of cheese, turkey (or ham), slices of cheese.  Spread a layer of chutney onto another slice of bread and place it chutney side down on top of the sandwich.  Butter the top side of the bread.

Turn your burner to medium or medium low and cook until you begin to hear the butter sizzle and see it bubble at the edge of the bread.  Use a spatula to carefully peek at the bottom piece of bread and adjust your heat down if necessary to keep the bread from scorching.  When the bottom is nicely browned, carefully flip the sandwich over and cook until the other piece is bread is browned and the cheese has melted.

Enjoy as is or dip into a bit of chutney spooned onto your plate.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.

Kerrygold Quick Bread Frosting

Since jumping into the world of the food blog, I have made wonderful discoveries.  Lentils.  Beets.  A virtual community of gifted storytellers.  These are all good things.  But maybe the one closest to my heart is Kerrygold and their line of products.

If you search through the blog, and scroll through my Twitter stream, you’ll find examples of my public adoration of all things Kerrygold.  The cheese.  The butter.  The customer service.  Not only do they make quality products but they treat their customers right.  I have conducted my own personal #butterlove campaign to share my love of Kerrygold with the world.  And now I have a chance to be a part of Kerrygold’s campaign to introduce two of their new products to you.

Turns out the folks at Kerrygold have worked their #butterlove magic and produced new premium spreadable butters.  Let those words sink in for a moment.  Kerrygold.  Premium. Spreadable.  Butter.  That means straight from the fridge, you can have Kerrygold goodness gliding onto your slice of bread or melting into the craters of your waffle.  How do I know this?  Because I’ve tried these new butters.  I’ve used them in sauces and spreads.  I’ve taken it out of the fridge one moment and licked it straight off of my fingers the next.

Butter has always had a special place in my world.  Growing up, there was always a dish of butter out on the table.  And because we put it on everything, the butter could sit out and not risk going rancid.  We simply never let it stay around long enough to turn bad.  But when I started cooking for myself, and later The Mistah, I couldn’t sustain that level of butter consumption.  So my sticks lingered in the fridge where they stayed cold but got rock solid.  There was no quickly buttering an untoasted slice of bread for a spaghetti sauce sandwich.  And making any recipe that required my butter to be pliable and yielding required me to remember to take it out of the fridge well ahead of time so that it could soften.  I can’t tell you how many sticks of butter I melted in the microwave because I forgot to set out the butter or how many I’ve mangled trying to get the thinnest slice off as possible.  And that’s just wrong.

Now, thanks to the folks at Kerrygold, I have more options.  And so do you.  The premium spreadable butters are available in regular and reduced fat varieties.  I know what you might be thinking…that reduced fat means reduced flavor.  While I’m not a certified butter expert, I’ve had plenty of buttery experience over the years to  hone my taste buds.  When I tasted them both side by side straight from the container, I couldn’t tell the difference between them.

So how exactly am I involved with spreading the word of Kerrygold Premium Spreadable #butterlove?  By taking their two new products and highlighting ways that you can use them in your own kitchen.  Not only do I get to discover new ways to love Kerrygold, and share them with you, but I am also competing against other bloggers to come up with the best usage ideas for the products.  Even if none of my ideas win a prize, I’m honored that the folks at Kerrygold chose me to participate in this competition.

Today’s tip is Kerrygold Quick Bread Frosting.  Imagine that you’ve just made a double batch of your favorite quick bread….say pumpkin.  Of the twelve mini loaves that came out of your oven, ten of them are to be given away.  So you slice off a piece of one of your loaves, for quality control purposes.  It’s moist with a nice mix of spice.  But you want to fancy it up a bit.  With nothing more than some Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter, whipped cream cheese, and powdered sugar you’ve got a quick and easy frosting that takes your quick bread over the top without toppling the scale the next time you step on it.

Kerrygold Quick Bread Frosting

BAH Note:  I worked on a very small scale to make only enough frosting for my immediate consumption but you could easily scale this up to make a larger batch.  I used a ratio of 6:1 (6 teaspoons cream cheese [or 2 tablespoons] to 1 teaspoon butter) but you use what tastes best to you.  Want a firmer frosting?  Add more powdered sugar.  Want something thinner that you can drizzle?  Stir in some half and half a teaspoon at a time.  This frosting is your friend, it wants you to be happy.

  • 1 teaspoon Kerrygold Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Combine the butter and cream cheese in a small bowl (think cereal bowl here, not ramekin).  Use a fork to cream them together until smooth (this should take all of about 30 seconds).  Add the powdered sugar to the creamed mixture and mix with your fork until fully combined.

Official Disclosure: Kerrygold provided me with their Premium Spreadable Butter and Premium Spreadable Reduced Fat Butter to use in developing these tips as part of a contest.  The opinions, and #butterlove, expressed here are my own.