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Old 09-13-2004, 09:08 AM   #1
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Compound Butters - Post your favorite recipe

I love making and using compound butters. I usually make up my own combinations like PARSLEY/DILL/LEMON ZEST for seafood and fish, PARSLEY/GARLIC for bruschetta and many Italian dishes, CILANTRO/LIME ZEST/CHIPOTLE POWDER, for Mexican dishes and sauteing seafood, and my favorite TABASCO SAUCE/GARLIC/LEMON ZEST/CAJUN SEASONING/CHIPOTLE POWDER shrimp, scallops, and many other Mexican style dishes. I know there are a ton of other combinations out there and I'd like to know what your favorites are and how you use them. I drop the butters onto a flat dish in Tablespoonsful then freeze for a couple of hours. When they're frozen, I put them in zip loc bags. It's so convenient to toss one or two into a pan or pot of soup, or whatever, without having to make them up on the spot. So what's your favorite???

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Old 09-13-2004, 10:17 AM   #2
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I don't really have a favorite as I just make them with whatever I have lying around in the kitchen and fridge. I love making and using them though. I guess thinking back, one of my favorites had basil, lemon, capers, garlic, and white wine among other things.
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Old 09-13-2004, 03:56 PM   #3
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Seasoned BUtters

It depends on what I am using it for. I have a small herb garden and use varigated sage butter for corn on the cob; parsley, sage, rosemary & lemon thyme (sounds like a good title for a song) for steak or pork chops. The other day I pounded a boneless/skinless chicken breast to 1/4 inch thick and made a mixture of the song herbs and added minced garlic and ginger and a few finely ground bread crumbs and mixed all with the butter and stuffed and rolled the chicken. Deglazed pan with chicken stock and dry vermouth and butter. It was very good. I am liking all of the varieties of butter mixes here.

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Old 09-14-2004, 08:08 AM   #4
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whatever fresh herbs are growing well in my garden.

sage and thyme butter
roasted garlic and purple basil butter (looks cool too)
raw garlic, sea salt, parsley, and sweet basil (for crostini)
paprika, garlic powder, and thyme butter (great rubbed on a roasting chicken)
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oh, man...
i'm executive chef for a high-end hunting lodge out in west texas and this past weekend i had the grill master cook 30 nicely marbled [usda choice] rib eyes. i made the usual steak sauces and then i made a roasted garlic/gorgonzola butter as an alternative for the steaks...unbelievably rich.

the hunters loved it...i was almost a god for about an hour there.
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Old 09-14-2004, 08:31 AM   #6
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Gorgonzola butter, made with roasted garlic, gorganzola, parsley and S+P to taste. Unsalted butter being the base. Served on ribeyes, TO DIE FOR!!!
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Wow!!! Thanks so much for the great responses. I've printed every one of them and you can bet they'll be added to my files. I especially like the BASIL/LEMON/CAPERS and the GORGONZOLA/ROASTED GARLIC/PARSLEY. I have seen this one before in cooking magazines but being a purist when it comes to steak I've hesitated to use it. I'm going to try it this weekend on HALF of my steak to see what happens. Keep them coming and thanks again. You've given me some great stuff here.
BTW this morning we had one of our favorites, BUTTER/HONEY/CINNAMON/HAZELNUT MEAL on fresh croissants. Ohhhhhh it just doesn't get much better.
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I got the recipe from Bon Appetit mag.....it was the cover recipe 3 months ago. Freeze the leftovers.
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I don't really think it is a compound butter as it only has one flavour, but IMHO maple butter from Quebec is absolutely outstanding on toast, pancakes etc.
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I got the recipe from Bon Appetit mag.....it was the cover recipe 3 months ago. Freeze the leftovers.
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mine's very simple with garlic parsley and basil
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I don't really think it is a compound butter as it only has one flavour, but IMHO maple butter from Quebec is absolutely outstanding on toast, pancakes etc.
You're right Alix, I forgot about that one. We put maple butter on our pancakes and waffles and cinnamon/sugar butter on toast. I guess you can make up pretty much any combination that suits you.
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oh, man...
i'm executive chef for a high-end hunting lodge out in west texas and this past weekend i had the grill master cook 30 nicely marbled [usda choice] rib eyes. i made the usual steak sauces and then i made a roasted garlic/gorgonzola butter as an alternative for the steaks...unbelievably rich.

the hunters loved it...i was almost a god for about an hour there.
Cafeandy, going to try the garlic/gorgonzola tonight, love them both. The only thing in which garlic does not go in my house is the brownies. I am assuming you roasted the garlic and then mixed it with the gorgonzola and butter?? Thanks for sharing.

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Andy.....

I responded to your PT a few days ago.....did you pick it up yet?
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I love honey butter.. on pancakes and waffles.. mmmmm.. or fresh muffins!

I like garlic butter on grilled corn or a flavoring for grilled steak, chicken or seafood!
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good on pork chops too *yummy*
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a nicoise olive compound butter that I use to make a nage with.
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a nicoise olive compound butter that I use to make a nage with.
definition of nage, please.
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the simplest definition of a nage is that it is basically a broth or consomme that is used as the sauce for a dish. it is mainly used for lighter seafood dishes.
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the simplest definition of a nage is that it is basically a broth or consomme that is used as the sauce for a dish. it is mainly used for lighter seafood dishes.
thanks. I thought nicoise only referred to that French salad with tuna in it.
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