Tips From The Kitchen: Compound Butter

Whether sweet or savory, flavored butters (also referred to as compound butters) are a great way to flavor so many dishes. The combinations are endless and the butters are easy to make!

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To start, simply soften butter by mixing it by hand in a small bowl or with a mixer. Add your desired ingredients and mix until completely combined. Form the butter into a log shape and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to use (compound butters will keep up to five days) or freeze (to keep for up to three months).

Simply slice off pieces of the compound butter and place it on baked fish, grilled steak, on pork or chicken or baked goods. Such a delicious way to boost flavor!

Here are some of our favorite compound butter combinations. Start with 1/2 cup of butter before using the following additions. If using unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt, too.

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Fruit Jam Butter – Add 2-4 Tablespoons of your favorite Stonewall Kitchen fruit jam with butter for toast, muffins, biscuits or even spread on crepes. There’s nothing quite like a blueberry scone with Wild Maine Blueberry Jam butter – talk about a combination!

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Savory Jam Butter – Add 2-4 Tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen savory jams with butter on fish, steaks or on baked or mashed potatoes. We love mixing our Red Pepper Jelly with butter to serve with cornbread or Cheddar Herb Biscuits for a zesty kick! Try the recipe here.

Chocolate Butter – Add 3-6 Tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen chocolate dessert sauce with butter to spread on toast, muffins, pancakes or waffles. So delicious, you’ll want to try it for yourself!

Bacon Chive Butter – Add 2 crumbled slices of cooked bacon and 2 Tablespoons chopped chives to softened butter. Add to baked potatoes, pasta dishes, risotto, grilled steaks, seafood, chops, toast or bagels!

Smoked Salmon Butter – Add 2-3 Tablespoons finely chopped smoked salmon, black pepper and a little lemon zest to softened butter for an outstanding topping for pasta, seafood, risotto or eggs.

Herb Lemon Butter – Add 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as dill, basil or parsley), 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and black pepper to softened butter. Top your seafood, sautéed vegetables or chicken dish – we love grilled shrimp with a Dill Lemon Butter.

Truffle Butter – Mix 4 ounces softened, salted butter with 2 Tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen Truffle Spread, 1 Tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomatoes and pepper to taste. Use this savory topper on steak, over mashed or baked potatoes or on pasta.

Do you have a favorite combination? Let us know!

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