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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What in the world is Compound Butter?

Compound butter is butter that has a flavor, or additional ingredients added to it. They are very easy to make and can have any number of flavors blended into them. The first step is to soften the butter to room temperature. Once it is soft, the desired ingredients can be added. I mean, how easy is that, toss the butter on the counter, come back a few hours later, toss some herbs or spices in, mix, done. What a way to make a flavorful dish! I swear by them and some friends even ask me to make some as Christmas gifts. Lemon-parsley butter is a version I am presenting to you today (and used in a reicpe tomorrow). You can make it up last minute but the flavors are really enhanced with a few hours of sitting in the fridge.

1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Mix all the ingredients until well combined, then wrap the mixture in wax paper, forming a log.


Anonymous said...

looks great! Did you see a post on compound butter over at the Behind the Wheels Chef (Chef E) the other day? She had some fabulous compound butter recipes.

Jennifer said...

Thanks 5-star, I will look right now.

Cate said...

so good and so easy. not sure why i haven't made this before. thanks for the encouragement!

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