I first learned of compound butter almost a decade ago when I started blogging. I was amazed at how flavorful a recipe so simple could be. My first attempt was a delicious lime-cilantro compound butter I used to enhance grilled corn. Swoon! I still smile thinking of the buttery deliciousness.
In a nutshell, compound butter is flavored butter. That’s it! It’s butter that’s been mixed with herbs and/or spices to flavor it. I rarely use mine immediately (though you can!), and prefer to form a log, roll it in parchment paper and refrigerate it. You can later slice it and add a pat or two to meats, bread, pasta & vegetables, depending on the flavors you’ve chosen. The options are endless.
The four flavors I chose to share are: red pepper flake, Herbs de Provence, smoked paprika and vanilla/cinnamon/sugar. Have you tried compound butter? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?