Compounding Flavor (quick recipes!)

Holidays mean food.  I can’t actually think of any exception to that rule.  And it’s a good thing.  The problem with holiday food is time – guests or not, there’s rarely enough time to make everything you might envision.  So pick what you can/want to make and what you buy.  Dress up the store-bought stuff with some creativity and you get accolades with less work.  The world’s quickest trick to perk up the Easter table and make things look fancy & well thought out is compound butter.

This idea was pointed out to me by my former-chef sister-in-law, Kathleen, who has graciously agreed to lend her culinary creativity to our products.  (More to come on her amazing recipe ideas in future posts!)

Compound butter is simple because there aren’t hard & fast rules.  Use what you have, follow some basic proportions and it’s pretty much a guaranteed win.  Sweet or savory.  Vegan and dairy-free substitutions ok!  All can & should be made ahead.  Plus they can be frozen for months of use!

Here are a few recipes to get you going:

Savory Thoughts

herbs

Mix up the herbs

Spring Herb Butter – great for rolls, vegetables (mashed potatoes!), & meat

  • 1 tablespoon each minced fresh parsley, thyme and chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound softened unsalted butter

Prep:  Mix herbs and salt into butter; form into log, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate.

Lemon Caper Butter -also great for rolls and veggies

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons capers

Prep:  Stir butter until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and combine.  Wrap in wax paper in log form, twisting ends to seal.  Refrigerate 2-3 hours.  Slice as use as needed.

Sweet Idea

honey collection

Use good quality honey

Cinnamon Honey Butter – use on warm rolls, biscuits, corn bread, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal….

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Prep: stir or whip butter until light and smooth.  Stir in the honey & cinnamon until combined.  Mold into log, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate a few hours to set.

Variations:

Chile Honey – Substitute Chile honey for plain honey above and omit cinnamon.  Great

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Chile honey

Other flavor ideas: cranberry orange pistachio , cilantro lime, roasted garlic, and whatever else you like to pair up!

Please feel free to post comments on other combinations you enjoy.  Happy Easter!

 

 

 

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