To say we’re wild about butter here in Paula’s Test Kitchen is an understatement. There’s nothing like a big dollop of creamy butter topped on a sweet potato, smeared on a warm biscuit, or slathered on corn on the cob. So why not kick it up a notch and give compound butters a spin?
Compound butter is simply softened butter with different ingredients added in. It’s quick and simple to make but adds an intense flavor boost to plain grilled chicken or steak.
Check out a few of our favorites below:
Simple Herb Butter:
Stir in fresh chopped herbs, like rosemary and thyme, and a bit of lemon zest into the butter. This compound butter is perfection when topped on simple grilled chicken or fish.
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Roasted Tomato Butter:
Toss grape tomatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until bursting with juicy flavor. Cool down then fold into softened butter along with a few teaspoons of chopped herbs for an intense flavorful punch. We love this one swirled into creamy grits or rice.
Try it on:
Shrimp and Grits
Add berries to a food processor and pulse with butter for a pretty butter that’s delish on toasted bread.
Try it on:
You can also shape the butter into a log by transferring to a sheet of plastic wrap, rolling it up, and twisting the ends to seal. You can freeze this butter for up to a year and just slice off a piece as you need it.
Wonderful ideas!!! Thank you so much for sharing this information about such a great occasion! Cindy, your ideas always helpful and creative.
Sandra in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 15, 2013 at 10:59 am
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normal maskell in The Great Party Challenge on June 12, 2013 at 10:11 am
Susan Lott is a great party planner! She has tons of great ideas that she needs to share with the online world. I have been begging her to start a Facebook page or Etsy account. The graduation gift that she made me was hand drawn with my name and different definitions for each letter. She framed it and I cherish it.....I also would have paid about $50 for it in a store. Thanks for sharing her idea but this idea is nothing compared to some of her other quick and money saving tips! You should hire her for your creative team!
Love you Susu!
Adrienne Hilliard in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 10:55 pm
I love this idea!! It is too cute!
Sandi K in Baby Showers and Sprinkles on June 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm