Garden-to-Gourmet: Crafting Culinary Magic with Compound Butter
Stepping into your garden, sunlight dappling through leaves, and the intoxicating scent of fresh herbs filling the air – it’s a sensory experience that ignites culinary inspiration. But what if you could capture that essence, that burst of nature’s bounty, and infuse it into your dishes? That’s where the magic of compound butter comes in!
Compound butter, also known as herb butter or beurre compose, is a great topping for all types of food. I love it on steak, chicken, fish and pastas. Fresh herbs are the star ingredient, and essential to the flavor of this recipe! Kalamata olives are really good, either in place of, or in addition to the fresh herbs.
The Beauty of Simplicity: Compound Butter Magic
The beauty of compound butter lies in its simplicity and versatility. It’s essentially softened butter whipped with your chosen ingredients, transforming it into a flavor powerhouse. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination and the bounty of your garden. But what about the secret ingredient that takes it to the next level?
My secret weapon is 1/4 teaspoon of garlic shallot puree. This adds a subtle, complex layer of savory sweetness that elevates the flavor profile without overpowering the fresh herbs. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!
Your Culinary Arsenal: Fresh Herbs and Beyond
Now, let’s gather your tools for this flavorful adventure:
- Unsalted butter: Softened to room temperature for easy blending.
- Garlic shallot puree: My secret weapon for adding depth of flavor.
- Fresh herbs: The stars of the show! Choose your favorites – basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, parsley – or get adventurous with a mix.
- Sea salt: To enhance the natural flavors.
- Freshly cracked black pepper: A touch of heat to balance the richness.
- Parchment paper or plastic wrap: For shaping your butter log.
Mix together well and form into a cylinder in plastic wrap. Wrap up and refrigerate until ready for use. You can also freeze the butter for up to 6 months.
With its versatility and ease of preparation, compound butter is a culinary game-changer. It adds instant flavor and elegance to roasted vegetables, grilled meats, pasta dishes, and even breakfast toast. So, get creative, experiment with different herbs and ingredients, and discover a world of flavor possibilities right in your own kitchen.
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Compound Butter (Herb Butter)Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
- 1 stick salted butter softened
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs of your choice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic shallot puree or crushed garlic
- Mix together well and form into a cylinder on plastic wrap. Wrap up and refrigerate until ready for use.