Butter makes everything better! Or in the immortal words of Homer Simpson “mmmmm butter”. Believe it or not but it is possible to make butter taste even better. Just a couple more simple ingredients and you’ve upped it a notch. Compound butter is, as it names implies, a combination of ingredients mixed into the butter.
I had my first taste of compound butter in Paris, France. A nice thick slice of creamy, herby (is herby a word? It is now, we’ll add that to the witch’s dictionary) butter over a steak, it was combined with a pinch of salt and pepper. I had a nice T-bone steak on the menu for tonight and some herbs that were on their last legs. Seemed like a perfect time to revisit Paris on my dinner plate.
1/2 c softened butter
2 – 3 tsp chopped fresh herbs (I used rosemary and thyme)
Salt and Pepper
Place softened butter in a medium sized bowl.
Mash with a fork.
Chop your herbs.
Add to the butter.
Place on a square of wax paper, shaped like a log.
Roll it around a bit, so it’s nice and compact and uniform.
Roll the wax paper around the butter.
Twist the ends like a piece of candy.
Refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).
Slice and serve on top of a steak, spread on a roll, cook your eggs in it or whatever your imagination thinks of.