Compound Butter: 5 Easy Recipes

For you butter lovers out there like myself, I love a good compound butter to take my meal or snack to the next level!  A year or so ago a came across a couple of recipes from SheKnows to make various types of compound butter from Garlic Herb to Blue Cheese and Chive.  I wanted to share with you all these simple, yet tasty, recipes which can be spread on any bread/sandwich/wrap or added last-minute on any steak or seafood to take your taste buds to new heights just by adding a touch of your compound butter.  So let’s get started shall we!

Just a little reminder that I did this last-minute at home so we did not have all the ingredients, so just a reminder you can always substitute certain ingredients if you do not have on hand.  The first recipe I wanted to try was of course the Garlic Herb and a good example of substituting ingredients is we did not have heavy cream on hand.  So if you do not have heavy cream on hand you substitute ¾ cup milk and ¼ melted butter thoroughly mixed. It won’t whip but otherwise will work well in any recipe that calls for it.

Garlic Herb Butter Recipe:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a large glass or steel mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat all ingredients until well incorporated and fluffy. (If you do not have an electric hand mixer, you can do this by hand using a strong spoon, it will just take a bit more work.)
  2. Place a medium-size piece of plastic wrap onto a clean, flat surface. Using silicone spatulas, gather the butter together in the bowl, then spoon the butter mixture out of the bowl and onto the center of the plastic wrap.
  3. Grabbing the bottom portion of the plastic wrap, pull it up over the butter and begin forming the wrap around the butter, rolling and forming a log shape. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap and place butter in the fridge to set.

Extremely easy to prepare and make.  Again I did not have every supply required on hand so we ended up sticking the butter in a plastic bag and just labeled it.  Straightforward and no complications! Below are the ingredients to make compound butters for: Citrus Tarragon, Blue Cheese & Chive, Smoked Paprika Jalapeño, and a Spiced Brown Sugar Butter.  Directions are the same for all.  Enjoy!

*UPDATED: So Hubby and I decided to use the Garlic Herb to bake chicken tonight for dinner and it came out yummy! We also used the leftover rosemary and thyme! Delicious! I also saw a recipe for stuffed avocado with couscous that I think will go great with the chicken!

Citrus Tarragon Butter

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Zest from 4 clementines (or 1 large orange)
  • Juice from 2 clementines (or juice from 1/2 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • Pinch of salt

Blue Cheese and Chive Butter

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons blue cheese (more or less depending on how strong the cheese is. I substituted with Applewood Smoked Blue Cheese and used 4 tbsp as called for)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
  • Pinch of salt

Smoked Paprika Jalapeño Butter

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, pulp and seeds removed, very finely diced
  • Pinch of salt

Spiced Brown Sugar Butter with Walnuts & Raisins

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins

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Compound Butters via SheKnows.com
Compound Butters via SheKnows.com
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