Oh, boy. In my opinion, I’ve got a real treat for you folks today! Have you ever had compound butter? Like, the fancy butter served with steak or veggies in restaurants? Here’s a quick tip: make it yourself and prepare to fall in love.
Blair and I spent the morning cleaning the house and raking leaves. By noon, we were pretty happy with our progress, and decided to treat ourselves! Almost every Sunday, we slow cook something in the dutch oven. And it’s always my intent to document the process and share the recipes. But there’s something sedating about slow cook Sundays that just knocks me out, so I never get around to writing the recipes.
Not today! I’m wired. And this magical compound butter is 100% to blame.
We simmered a chuck roast, chunks of onion, potato, carrots, and garlic in red wine and stock for 3 or 4 hours. Halfway through, we decided to make a real compound butter instead of the normal garlic butter we use for garlic toast.
To make this incredibly easy and fantastically delicious butter, think about flavors you like and stir them into the butter. Chill, slice, melt, enjoy. Our butter included roasted garlic, basil (from a tube, as our plants are officially dead), fresh rosemary, and dried oregano and dried chives. I also added some olive oil and salt for some added oomph.
I slathered the butter ever so generously onto french bread and broiled until it was toasty. Combined with the roast and veggies, we had a warm, filling dinner that qualifies as major comfort food.
If you haven’t tried making your own compound butter before, I highly recommend giving it a shot. It may very well change your life. Because butter is love.
Roasted garlic and herb butter
Yield 1/2 pound
– 1/2 pound good butter
– 10 cloves of garlic, roasted
– 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
– 1/2 tablespoon salt
– 1 teaspoon dried (or fresh) oregano
– 1 teaspoon dried (or fresh) chives
– 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden basil
– 1 stalk of rosemary, de-stemmed and chopped
Soften butter (do not melt) until you can easily stir it with a spoon. Add in all ingredients, stir well to combine. Use foil or plastic wrap to shape butter into a log. Chill until firm. Use and enjoy!