Compound butter is simply butter with an added flavor or two mixed in. It’s not just like buttering an item and then adding a sprinkle of the flavor – compound butter becomes a unique flavor unto itself. One of the simplest examples will be familiar to most of my readers in the Southeastern US: honey butter, a simple blend of honey with butter, whipped together and served immediately. These butters are a very easy way to look like you went to a lot of trouble.
Some people like to roll them up and refrigerate them so they become solid rolls you can put on the table, but with any of these recipes, you can just whip the ingredients together in a bowl and serve.
- Four fascinating recipes from 101 Cookbooks: Dry Desert Lime, Dehydrated Strawberry, Raw Serrano, and Smoked Paprika.
- Chow’s Chile Lime Tequila butter
- Food Network’s Herbed Compound Butter
- The Nibble’s six delicious sweet butters: Bittersweet Chocolate Orange, Bourbon Cherry Butter With Orange, Cranberry Sage Brown Butter, Honey Sesame, Pomegranate Clementine, and Pumpkin Five-Spice.
- Cranberry butter from All Recipes.
- Gorgonzola Scallion Compound Butter for putting on top of a perfectly grilled filet mignon.
- Lemon Compound Butter, which goes with almost anything – sweet, savory, you name it.
- Nugget Market’s Blue Cheese & Smoked Bacon, Caper-Tarragon, Prosciutto, Parmesan & Toasted Pinenut and Ancho-Chili Compound Butter.
- Serious Eats’ Ramp Compound Butter and Mario Batali Rum Butter recipe.