What’s A Compound Butter?
There is nothing fancy about compound butter, but you will be amazed at how much it transforms a meal. Compound butters are mixtures of butter (duh!) and other supplementary ingredients. Typically, they are used in place of sauces and can add a lot of flavor complexity to a dish. You can find some compound butters at your nearest mega-mart, but why would you pay someone to put in a bunch of chemicals and overcharge you for the convenience? The simple answer is, you shouldn’t. Making a compound butter takes all of about 20 minutes and that includes doing the dishes. Plus, you get to make use of your fancy new food processor!! Alright, want to get to it? Me too.
Mixin’ and Whippin’
This is an extremely easy recipe to make and one that should be in the arsenal of every home cook. Before you get started, get out your butter and let it soften a bit a room temperature – this will help it integrate with the other ingredients later. Finally, make sure you get unsalted butter for this application (I make a habit of only getting unsalted butter).
That’s it. There’s nothing left to do except to roll it up and twist off the ends. Before using, I recommend letting it chill in your refrigerator for an hour or two – it’ll be much easier to cut this way. If you are looking for something to put this on, I have a few recommendations:
- The Salmon En Papillote
- Pork Chops
- Scrambled Eggs
MMMMmmmmm….I’d Cook That!
- 2 Ounces Butter, softened
- 6 Ounces Avocado (roughly 2 small avocados)
- 1 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
- 2 Teaspoons Cumin
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Clove Garlic, minced
- Salt & Pepper
- Chop, weigh, squeeze and measure all ingredients
- Put all ingredients into a food processor
- Mix until thoroughly combined
- Place butter onto wax/parchment paper and squeeze into a log
- Chill in the refrigerator a couple of hours until firm