It’s a Compounded Matter

I first fell in love with blended butters when I had some on a steak at a restaurant. The steak was delicious by itself, but adding that pat of butter…….. took it to a whole other universe.
I started playing around with different blends and came up with these 3 that we prefer in our house.

Strawberry-Mint Compound Butter

1 stick of room temperature butter
1/4 cup of chopped strawberries
1/2 tsp finely chopped mint
1/4 tsp lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together. Lay out saran wrap and gently form butter mixture into a log. Wrap completely and store in the refrigerator. If you’re not using it right away, you can store in the freezer. This can be used on toast, bagels, pancakes, and waffles.

 

Herbed Compound Butter

1 stick of room temperature butter
1/4 cup of finely chopped flat leaf parsley
2 Tbsp of finely chopped fresh basil
2 Tbsp of chopped green onion
1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together. Lay out saran wrap and gently form butter mixture into a log. Wrap completely and store in the refrigerator. If you’re not using it right away, you can store in the freezer. This can be used on steak, veggies, and corn on the cob.

 

Cheesy Compound Butter

2 sticks of room temperature butter
3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup of green onions
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp of pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Lay out saran wrap and gently form butter mixture into a log. Wrap completely and store in the refrigerator. If you’re not using it right away, you can store in the freezer. We use this for cheesy french bread. Heat oven to 375* and bake for about 15 minutes. Then broil for a couple minutes.

 

There are many variations you can come up with. Use the flavors you like together. You can also substitute cream cheese for the fruit and herbed compound butters if you choose to.

I think it’s another great way to use up those fresh berries or fresh herbs before they go bad.

Spring is here and before long the farmers markets, strawberry fields and local stands will be in abundance of the freshness we all crave. So, get out there, support your local farmers markets and surprise yourself and your family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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