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