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How to Make Spiced Compound Butter with Herbs
March 12, 2017

How to Make Spiced Compound Butter with Herbs

Compound butter is so simple to make, yet packs plenty of flavor when added to dishes.

This flavored butter adds wonderful flavor to regular butter and also improves the texture and give it a little more pizazz.

You can use compound butter by spreading it on bread, adding to freshly cooked pasta, creamy mashed potatoes, or adding a bit at the end of cooking for chicken, vegetables and grilled meat or fish.

To make compound butter is a basic, simple process. This is a 1 pound recipe but you can easily scale this in half if you wanted. Any excess can be frozen until ready to use.

Follow the recipe below to make this spiced compound butter with herbs and then use your imagination to create a recipe of your own!

Spiced Compound Butter with Smoked Paprika and Parsley


4 sticks of salted butter

1 tablespoon of Spanish smoked paprika (mild or hot, your preference)

1/4 cup of fresh chopped flat leafed parsley

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt


Flavor the butter:

Take 4 sticks of butter and slice into even slices and place into a bowl. Let sit for 20 minutes to soften.(You want it soft enough so that you will be able to mix in ingredients.)

When its soft enough, mash up the butter with a fork.

Add in the paprika, cilantro, garlic and salt. Mix well using a spoon to evenly distribute.

Taste the spice butter and adjust to your liking if need be.

Once the butter is made it is time to wrap and roll the butter using wax paper. (For this recipe, you will need about a foot and a half.)

Using a large spoon, scoop the softened butter onto the wax paper into the center, forming a rectangular log using your hands.

Roll up the log of butter and roll in as if you were making a burrito wrap.

Twist the ends and tuck under. Place into the fridge for a few hours to harden.

When ready to use, slice as needed for whatever you will be making as suggested.


Chef Vanessa LaBranche

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