Butter makes everything better.
Compound butter simply means butter mixed with other seasonings to be used as a flavor enhancer. It will also add an element of color and texture. Particularly when blended with fresh herbs, this butter can raise the ante on any steak or chops. Add a fat slice of shallot butter to any grilled or roasted dishes and watch it melt & ooze it’s goodness. Black garlic butter rubbed on wings before & during grilling or baking is incredible too. Mmmmm.
Compound Butter is easy to make. Here’s how:
Soften the butter, add the seasonings, then process in a food processor, blender or by hand. Shape in a log, wrap in parchment or wax paper and store in the fridge. You’ll need to chill until firm enough to slice. Proportionally, count on 1 T. added ingredient to 1/2c. (1 stick) unsalted butter. If you’re pressed for time, make a non- traditional compound butter: Skip the forming and chilling process-use it immediately.
A few ideas to get you thinking- try adding chopped lemon grass or lime zest to the softened butter, blend well, then spread on fish just before baking or grilling. Use the flavorings & spices your family likes and experiment on vegetables. This might entice them to eat vegetables! For a nice change up, smear a few tablespoons under the skin of a whole chicken before roasting. Or, serve in a small dish from the table and let everyone help themselves to spread on warm breads & biscuits.
No matter what you blend to make a compound butter, it’ll make everything taste better.
If you like Miso, you’ll love this compound butter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu1NZjZwaN0