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Best buttery recipes from holiday contest

Wed., Dec. 7, 2011

There’s a chance for a cook from Washington, Idaho, Oregon or Alaska to take home $350 in the Butter-Up the Holidays contest.

Enter an original recipe that features butter at Entries can be appetizers, main dishes or desserts. Judges will choose a winner from each state to receive a $100 Fred Meyer gift card. A grand-prize winner chosen from the four finalists will receive an additional $250 gift card.

Full contest details and entry information can be found on the website. The deadline is Dec. 31. Or, mail entries to Butter-Up The Holidays, c/o Washington Dairy Products Commission, 4201 198th Street, S.W., Suite 101, Lynnwood, WA 98036.

Sweet Chili Shrimp Baguette Bites

Renata Stanko, Lebanon, Ore.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup shallots, minced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce, such as Mae Ploy brand

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced

1 French baguette

8-16 ounces cooked small shrimp

Additional chives, for garnish

Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the butter.

When the butter is melted, add the shallots, ginger and garlic, and sauté until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the lemon zest, chili sauce, and Worcestershire.

Cool to room temperature.

Place the remaining softened butter in a bowl.

Add the cooled shallot mixture and minced chives, and mix until well combined.

Refrigerate the seasoned butter for 1 hour or longer to let the flavors develop. Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch thick slices.

Spread a bit of butter mixture on each of the baguette slices and top with shrimp and additional chive blades for garnish.

Yield: About 20 appetizers

Orange Cream Sugar Cookies

Patrick Paul from Beaverton, Ore.

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon milk

3 teaspoons orange extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the butter and sugar and beat until the butter has lightened. Add the egg and milk; beat to combine. Add the orange and vanilla extracts; beat to combine. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until it forms a dough. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into desired shapes and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, turning the baking sheet once halfway through. Let baked cookies stand on the baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Yield: Varies.


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