Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 18, 2015

Foodie Corner – 2015 – Post #10 – New Compound Butters

My motto used to be “If it didn’t get done in the microwave, it didn’t get done.” I’ve since learned to use my electric oven and its four-burner cooktop. But …

Foodie Corner – 2015 – Post #10 – New Compound Butters

Have you tried the new compound butters?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Compound butter used to be made by taking a softened stick of butter and 1-3T of your favorite herb or spice, whisking all together until thoroughly mixed, and chilling for an hour.

Now, these butters have gone rogue, requiring a food processor rather than a whisk. Instead of (or in addition to) herbs, try adding 6-8 slices of precooked bacon or 4-6 slices of pepperoni or 2-3 slices of roast beef or a large spoonful of leftover Tex-Mex black beans. Be sure the savory bits are really small and distributed throughout the butter. Savory butters work well on otherwise plain cooked veggies.

These butters can go sweet and fruity, too. Try adding 1/2c of blueberries or cranberries or butterscotch bits. Or chocolate bits! After chilling, serve a big spoonful of one of these butters over pancakes or warm croissants.

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Responses

  1. I’ve heard the term compound butter but I dudn’t know what it was. They all sound great. I’m really struggling to get my kids to eat carbs so this might help.

    • Hi Catherine, For kids, go adventurous, go outrageous, go visually disgusting. Try adding 1/2c gummy bears to butter, or 1-2T of multicolored or shiny sprinkles. Try those red-hot candies or red food coloring to simulate gory blood. As always, be sure to play around with the proportions to find what works best for your family. I’m a strong advocate for playing with your food, especially if that food happens to be spinach or Brussel sprouts. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

      • Great idea! Thanks, Ashley

      • You’re very welcome, Catherine. Cheers, Ashley

  2. I’ve made such boring compound butters that I’m reluctant to admit it! The options you list do sound amazing. Yum.

    • Start playing, D. Wallace. Try out any combination that sounds good to you. And have fun. Cheers, Ashley

  3. Or for us dairy-free folks, use earth balance sticks


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