July 3, 2015
comments powered by Disqus
Butter is a product made from milk from mammals (cows, sheep, goats, buffalo and yaks) and is basically a water-in-oil emulsion, as is margarine. It is a basic ingredient in our diet and we use it to make a large variety of dishes!
Compound butter is a mixture of butter and supplementary ingredients such as herbs, spices or aromatic liquids. They can be used to enhance the flavor of many dishes such as meats, pasta and even vegetables. It can even be used as a dip or spread.
How would you like to make your own compound butter with your favorite blend of spices or aromatics that you can even give as presents to your guests? A very nice idea would be to wrap them in plastic wrap so you can see all of the different colors that were added, tie them with some string or a bow and surprise your family, friends and guests!
The variations of compound butter are endless! I will show you 8 different sweet and savory ideas! All you have to do is choose your favorite ones… try making them to see how it’s done and then as always I urge you to experiment and create your own!
You can keep them in the freezer and use them anytime you need them! Serve them with some breadsticks or crackers and cheese. It is so helpful to have an assortment of these compound butters on hand. Great for when guests come over all of a sudden and you need something tasty to go along with a nice glass of wine or a quick appetizer!
They are so easy to make! Let’s start with the base! To make compound butter you need to use 100 g of butter for each recipe. It is important that the butter you use be softened at room temperature.
Put the softened butter in a medium bowl and beat it with a spoon until it becomes smooth and creamy. Then you add whatever additional spices or ingredients you choose and mix. Wrap it in some plastic wrap and shape it into a small log or sausage shape. Set it aside until it cools and becomes firm and then refrigerate. That’s how simple it is.
So let’s begin….
A very nice idea is to add lime and ginger. This type of compound butter goes perfectly with pasta and meats! The sweetness of the honey along with the lemony flavor from the lime and the spiciness form the ginger makes it a perfect spread for cakes or sweet breads that make a great breakfast! The only ingredients you need to add to the butter is… the zest of 2 limes… 1 tablespoon of grated ginger and 1 teaspoon honey.
A great idea for a compound butter that can be enjoyed for breakfast along with coffee and a lovely treat for friends staying over is a white chocolate and coffee butter! You can spread it over some Sweet Mahlab Bread or warm Pancakes. I promise you they’ll love it especially when you tell them you made it on your own… Serve with some freshly brewed coffee…. To make it simply combine the base with 2 teaspoons instant coffee and 100 g finely chopped white chocolate….
Have you ever thought that you can make a compound butter just by mixing it together the base with some spoon sweet? Just add 5 kumquats (kumquat spoon sweet) and 50 g finely chopped dark chocolate couverture. It is so good with cake, pancakes, crepes and scones!
Try a more Mediterranean feel… invite your friends over and pour yourselves a small glass of ouzo or tsipouro and serve them some pita bread with this great compound butter! Add 1 tablespoon of ouzo and 6 finely chopped olives to the butter base!
This lovely and very aromatic cherry compound butter goes perfectly with an assortment of cheeses and a glass of wine or with warm scones…. Combine 2 tablespoons of finely chopped toasted almonds and 2 tablespoons cherry spoon sweet with the butter base.
If you like a more sweet and sour tasting aromatic butter, add 2 tablespoons of tomato chili marmalade to the base and mix. You will be surprised how well it suits meats and pasta!
A spiced compound butter would go great with all sorts of dishes! Add ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon all spice and ¼ teaspoon ground cloves to the base!
How about the perfect companion for any bbq? Add 1 tablespoon finely cut chives and 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint to the base. Place over meats and vegetables and let it melt to release an extra fresh buttery, aromatic flavor!
I hope you like all of my ideas enough to try all of them! Remember, you can make them whenever you have time and keep them in the freezer until you need them! Enjoy!
Send in your creative compound butter ideas along with pictures!! I look forward to seeing them!!