Flavored Butter

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November 18, 2018

Everything is better with butter! Now step up your flavor game by combining butter and at least one other ingredient. Technically called Butter Compounds, you'll call it good! Excellent spread on hot rolls, warm bread, crusty bread, flat bread, crackers; place a pat on hamburgers, grilled steak, broiled chicken, seared pork; add some to steamed vegetables, baked potato

Use these ideas and tips to create your own favorite flavored butter - from sweet to savory.
Top L-R Raspberry Jam Butter, Cinnamon Sprinkle Butter, Honey Butter
Middle L-R Cilantro Lime Butter, Dried Tomato Garlic Butter, Blue Bacon Butter
Front L-R Mustard Butter, Cinnamon Honey Butter

Ingredients

Honey Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) butter, room temperature

¼ cup honey

Whipped Cinnamon Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) butter, room temperature

½ cup powdered sugar (or 4-tablespoons honey)

½-1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla

Salt, optional to taste

Cilantro Lime Butter:

1 clove pressed or finely minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

1 zest of one lime

½ tablespoon fresh lime juice

½ cup (1-stick) butter, room temperature

Salt and pepper to taste, if needed

Mustard Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) butter

¼ cup country mustard

Sun Dried Tomato Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2-3 tablespoons finely chopped sun dried tomatoes

½ teaspoon garlic salt (California blend), to taste

Raspberry Jam Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) butter, room temperature

¼ cup raspberry preserves (more to taste)

Blue Bacon Butter:

1 strip cooked bacon, finely chopped

½ cup (1-stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

Chili Chive Lemon Butter:

½ cup (1-stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, more or less to taste

1 zest from 1 lemon

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Honey Butter and Cinnamon Butter, whip until light and fluffy.

All other butters - place all ingredients in a bowl or marble slab and stir until well blended.

Proportions tips for creating own flavor combination, generally use 2:1 ie 1-cup butter and 1/2-cup other ingredients.

Tips for making great flavored butters

1. Use real butter.
2. Butter should be room temperature before blending. Do not melt (melting changes the texture and quality of a flavored butter).
3. Finely chop or mince added ingredients for greater "spread-ability."
4. Make the day before to blend flavors (if you can wait that long).
5. Store covered in the refrigerator.
6. Chill well to pre-slice.
7. Refrigerate for up to 5 days, or freeze. Butter compounds spoil quicker than regular butter.
8. For best flavor, set butter out at room temperature at least 30 minutes before serving.

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