Flavored Butters

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April 26, 2010 by Flora Dawn

Flavored butters, also known as compound butter, are a cook’s dream. They are super easy to make and freeze extremely well; making them one of the rare items you can actually pull out of the freezer at a moment’s notice to create something worthy of company.

Butters, or butter alternatives, can be flavored sweet or savory. And really you are only limited by your imagination.

For sweet concoctions I like to stir in cinnamon, fruit preserves, or honey; these make wonderful spreads on warm rolls, french toast, or scones.

For dinner, a dollop of a savory butter mixed in with roasted vegetables or a pat placed on a grilled steak or a chicken breast will turn a boring dish into something extraordinary. The flavors you mixed into the butter will be released as it melts on the hot food. Seriously, this is good eating.

You’ll want to start with softened butter and just mix in your additions until thoroughly incorporated into the butter; you might find a food processor handy here, but clean up can be a bit messy so I prefer to use a fork.

To store, place the flavored butter on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up into a log. Place plastic-wrapped logs in a freezer bags and freeze until needed. The butter can be frozen for several weeks, with small sections being cut off the log as needed.

Explore your pantry and fridge and I am sure you’ll come up some winning combinations. Honey, preserves, citrus, zest, shallots, ginger, herbs and spices all pack lots of flavor and compliment the butter well. Here are a few of my favorite flavored butters, but don’t limit yourself to my suggestions.

Honey Butter on a pancake.

Lemon-Herb Butter Great on grilled meat and fish, any herb can be used here in place of parsley.

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 1 Tb finely chopped fresh parsley or other herb such as cilantro, thyme, or basil
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mash with the back of a fork. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Place flavored butter in a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. For longer storage store in the freezer.

Bearnaise Butter Fabulous on a grilled steak and so much easier than making Bearnaise sauce.

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 Tb finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 Tb finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mash with the back of a fork. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Place flavored butter in a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. For longer storage store in the freezer.

Honey Butter This is so good on fresh bread, cornbread, a muffin, or french toast. If you want a more intense honey flavor you can add up to a 1:1 ratio of honey to butter.

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 Tb honey
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mash with the back of a fork. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Place flavored butter in a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a log; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. For longer storage store in the freezer.
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One thought on “Flavored Butters

  1. Marissa says:

    Thank you for the great ideas! This will be a fun project for my daughter and I.

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