How To Make Flavored Butter

    This is extremely satisfying and useful.

    This is compound butter (aka flavored butter). It is wonderful and amazing.

    The recipe is very simple: Butter + Things You Like + Refrigerator

    The flavoring options are limitless.

    To make compound butter, first, make sure the butter is room temperature.

    Then put it in a bowl and mix in whatever you want.


    To make it pretty and easy to portion out, it's best to roll it into a log.

    Here's how: Put the mixed up blob of butter from your bowl into the center of a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper, then fold the paper from one end to the other.

    Tuck the parchment under slightly but not all the way.

    Then use something with a straight edge to compress it.

    Press it again until you've got a nice even log.

    You can also use a pastry scraper. Then twist of the edges and refrigerate.

    When you are ready to use it, slice some off the log...

    Put it on steaks right when they come out of the oven.

    ...and watch it melt into a delicious sauce.

    Same goes for fish.

    You can throw it on mussels...

    ...then put them under the broiler for a minute.

    On oysters...

    ...just before they go on the grill.

    Or on pancakes.

    It also makes a wonderful gift.