We love butter and use it in our cooking and will make no excuses for loving the real deal. When wesauté vegetables, which is almost every single night. I combine olive oil with butter because our palette can really taste the difference that a bit of butter makes! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to flavor your store-bought butter if you want to add some kick to it. And how you can use this butter on the food.
If you’ve never tried making compound butter, it’s so easy. Use these butters as spreads too with a loaf of crusty French bread or a piece of toast.Start with unsalted butter that you leave out of the fridge until it’s softened to room temperature, although not melted. After the different trials, we discovered that our favorite butter comes in those sweet half wrapped sticks, which are perfect for small batches!
The best way for us to just mix our butter the old fashioned way with a fork, but you can use a whisk or blender if preferred. We sort of dislike to call this a “recipe” because compound butter takes literally no time. Moreover, only a few ingredients to prepare. You can add as little or as much of each ingredient as you like.We have some dried figs, parsley and whole grain mustard around and pretty much always have these in my fridge. Mince up a few your herbs and add to your butter, little by little. That’s how I do it as an instinctual cook. Once you are satisfied with the flavor, add a very small amount of sea salt to taste.
To store your flavor butter you can dollop it on to some wax paper and roll it, shaping as you would a jelly roll. Twist the ends to seal and there you have it!
Just a little recap of the rules of making these flavor butter;
- Use room temperature butter only
- Finely chop or grind ingredients
- Mix the flavored butter in a bowl
- Scrape mixture onto parchment paper
- Roll into a log and twist the ends
- Refrigerate until ready to use
We refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before it’s ready to use.
Flavored butter can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the flavor of the butter. We like to make both sweet and savory. We think any flavor butter is good on a piece of bread but you can also use them on vegetables to add a lovely flavor.
- 500g of mixed roots vegetables
- 2 tbsp of flavored butter
- salt and pepper to taste
Lay your vegetables on the parchment paper, spread the butter evenly on the vegetables and season it with salt and paper to taste. Grilled it on the pan till soft and tender or in the oven for 25 minutes at 180 C.
Get creative and tie the ends with pretty ribbon, put a label on them and bring them as hostess gifts to that Thanksgiving dinner. If you try them or have some other ideas, let me know what you think!