To get your meal off to a great start, perk up pats of butter with zesty herbs and spices. Jeffrey Selden, of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning in Stamford, Connecticut, whipped up four delicious combinations. At your reception, set each table with assorted compounds in passable dishes; between bites, total strangers can become friends while trading their tasting notes on each variety.



For the Asian Nori, Sesame, Ginger butter
For the Turmeric and Mustard Seed butter
For the Lemon Basil Pesto butter
For the Smoked Chipotle and Lime butter


Instructions Checklist
  • Cream together by hand or in a Kitchen Aid (if making the lemon basil butter, fold in lemon zest after you have creamed the butter and basil). Salt and pepper to taste.

  • Place butter the edge of a long sheet of parchment paper and roll into the shape of a 2-inch round log approximately 12-inches long, twisting the ends and wrapping in foil. Freeze till firm and then place in the refrigerator. Slice into "coins" as needed.