Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Compound Butter: A Simple How-To

I've said before that Jaisa and I don't agree on a lot of things, from politics to high heeled shoes.  Don't get us started on bacon or baby names, either.  But here's something simple we do agree on:  butter.  I know.  Way to come together on the really important issues.  But hey, Jaisa has a serious gym regimen and I have maternity jeans on so forgive me as I share how I dressed up some simple butter for a fancy touch at a holiday meal.

Compound butter is a really easy way to seem like a fancy chef when you're really just mixing softened butter with some tasty ingredients.  I have seen recipes for sweet, savory, and salty compound butters and they all look like a delicious way to dress up breads, pasta, veggies, or meat at the dinner table (or, in my case, spread on toast while standing around your kitchen at 3 am when "the baby" needs a snack).

I went with a savory butter, using the hardy herbs that are surviving the New England winter out in my little herb garden - rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme.  This is a great "recipe" because you can choose the flavors you like and add as much (or as little) as you'd like.  Here's what I used:

1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup fresh herbs 
dash of sea salt

Chop up the herbs.  Again, this is a matter of personal preference - if you are fine with big pieces, only chop them loosely.  I cut them up into fairly small pieces since I wanted to be able to use this butter as a coating for roasted veggies AND as a spread for fresh bread and I thought a finer chop would be better for both.  Mix your herbs into the softened butter until they are evenly distributed.  Spread into a bowl for serving (or roll into a log and slice off "coins").  Return to the fridge until it has hardened and serve!

Enjoy and stay hungry!


  1. Mmmm this was so good on thanksgiving...it's dangerous that it's so easy! I bet "the baby" likes late night christmas cookies too!

    1. It sure does. I can't keep Christmas cookies in the house for that reason.

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