7 Simple and Delicious Compound Butter Recipes

7 Simple and Delicious Compound Butter Recipes
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Included in this article are 7 simple and delicious compound butter recipes. Remember to be creative and mix up your favorite butter flavors!

I’ll be honest here, I didn’t know what compound butter was. Well, I was making it but didn’t know there was a name for it. I took some softened butter, minced garlic in olive oil and some dried parsley flakes mixed it together and spread on french bread to make my own Garlic Bread. Wow, it was great! I learned later there was a name for it: Compound butter.

Compound Butter

Compound butter is a little secret that I use to take a meal up another notch. The great thing is that these compound butter recipes add tons of flavors to everyday foods. Eggs, mashed potatoes, steak, chicken, I can go on forever. Put a pat of butter on steak while resting and WOW. Pretty much anywhere you use butter you can give it a little extra kick with compound butter.

Easy to Make – Easy to Store

If you can stir, you can make it. A food processor makes the job easier but isn’t necessary. The process is simple:

  • Soften butter
  • Add ingredients
  • Mix
  • Roll
  • Refrigerate

I prefer European-style butter. The higher fat content works well for compound butter recipes. Also, I use unsalted butter which allows me to control the amount and types of salt that go into it.

Fresh herbs are the best. I have a small herb garden, so I am a little spoiled. Dried will work too, just cut back on the amounts when using dried.

When you roll out into a log, I have found that wax paper works the best for these compound butter recipes. Once refrigerated, it will keep for a week or two. The great thing is it freezes great and will extend the storage for 3 months, longer if you vacuum seal.

Use your imagination

I didn’t limit myself to just garlic butter. I started experimenting. And what I found was the endless possibilities. Whether you’re looking for sweet, savory, or something in between it is simple to make. Mix some softened butter, a few herbs and you have something new. Coffee butter, Yes. Chipotle Lime Butter – yum. And with a name like Bacon Butter how can you go wrong?!

Some ideas you can play with are below. Remember to take notes and adjust the ingredients of these compound butter recipes according to your tastes.

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Compound Butter Recipes

Included in this article are 7 simple and delicious compound butter recipes. Remember to be creative and mix up your favorite butter flavors!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Mixing Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 8 Tablespoons
Calories 674kcal
Author Frederick Schramm
Cost $2

Ingredients

Chipotle Lime Butter

  • ½ stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest

Pesto Parmesan Butter

  • ½ stick butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon prepared pesto
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan and romano cheese blend
  • 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

Bacon Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Honey Orange Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • zest of a medium orange
  • 1 tablespoon juice from the orange
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 3 TBSP parsley minced
  • 3 large garlic cloves finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Chipotle Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 chipotle minced
  • 1 TBSP fresh lime juice
  • 2 TBSP cilantro minced
  • Pinch salt and pepper

Maple Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 TBSP real maple syrup

Instructions

  • Mix well using a food processor or simply mixing by hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 71g | Saturated Fat: 44g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2376IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg

Do you have other compound butter recipes that you love? Share them!

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7 Simple and Delicious Compound Butter Recipes was written by Frederick Schramm.

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