How to Make Herbed Butter | Compound Butter

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Herbed butter is probably the easiest, most versatile thing of the “froofy foods” that you could make. Also called a compound butter, it’s basically softened butter mixed with chopped fresh herbs and seasonings.

It can be stored in the freezer and then thawed quickly whenever you need a simple, yet special touch to add to food. It’s great as a spread for garlic bread. Slice a few coins and place atop grilled fish, chicken, or steak.

The melted butter and herbs create an instant sauce. You can also use it to season a roast chicken. There is no end to the delicious ways to use seasoned, herbed butter.

Here’s how to make it:
Place one stick of softened butter in a mixing bowl. With a fork or plastic spatula, stir in 1-3 cloves of garlic and 1-2 Tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped. You can use basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, chives, or whatever suits your fancy. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Experiment with different combinations until you find the mixture you love. You can even add lemon zest, parmesan or bleu cheese.

To store: Place dollops on a sheet of waxed paper — or reuse the butter wrapper. Roll up like a coin roll, tucking in the paper ends. Place in a ziptop bag, label, and freeze.

When ready to serve, slice “coins” off frozen butter roll to serve with grilled meats or allow to thaw before spreading on bread to toast or to use as a flavor base for gravy or roast chicken.

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Herbed Butter (Compound Butter)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Herbed, or compound, butter is an easy, versatile condiment used to enhance cooked meat and fish as well as breads and sauces. It's simple to make and very freezer friendly.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: butter, compound butter, flavored butter, herbed butter
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Calories: 102 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh herbs finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the butter in a small mixing bowl. With a fork or plastic spatula, stir in the garlic and fresh herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Place dollops of the mixture on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper -- or reuse the butter wrapper. Roll up like a coin roll, tucking in the paper ends. Place in a ziptop bag, label, and freeze.
  3. When ready to serve, slice "coins" off the frozen butter roll to serve with grilled meats or allow to thaw before spreading on bread to toast or to use as a flavor base for gravy or roast chicken.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on 1 tablespoon compound butter.

Variations: use a different herb, such as basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, chives, or whatever suits your fancy. You can even add lemon zest, parmesan or bleu cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Herbed Butter (Compound Butter)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 102mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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