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5 compound butter recipes that will make your cooking taste even better

A Jersey girl through and through, Carolyn grew up spending her summers down in Avalon, NJ. As a young girl, she often cooked alongside her mother and grandmother, whose seafood creations instilled a true passion for fresh, local produce...

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes

What is compound butter? The long answer is that it's a little slice of heaven that is so darn addictive and so easy to make that you're probably going to wipe out an entire recipe in one afternoon. The short answer is that compound butter is what you get when you add any ingredient to regular butter to improve its texture or flavor.

We've got five different recipes for the good stuff, with just one set of directions. Whip up an earthy butter, a fruity butter, a cheese-infused butter, a smoky/spicy butter and a sweet butter that your dinner guests will go crazy for.

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes
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Whether you're spreading it on bread or adding a bit to your chicken, vegetables, grilled meats or fish, compound butters take your food (and your senses) up a notch. These recipes can easily be halved, and any seasonings can be adjusted to your liking. You can also give one of these mouthwatering homemade spreads as a holiday or hostess gift, packaged simply in a Mason jar with a ribbon. And remember: A pinch of kosher or sea salt brings out and heightens natural flavors.

Amp up the flavor of your food with these easy compound butter recipes
Image: Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

How to make compound butter

Inspired by Your Homebased Mom

1. Herb-garlic butter recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage
  • 1 pinch each salt and pepper

More: 21 reasons peanut butter and chocolate is the most heavenly combination

2. Citrus-tarragon butter recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Zest from 4 clementines (or 1 large orange)
  • Juice from 2 clementines (or juice from 1/2 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 pinch salt

Next up: Blue cheese and chive butter recipe

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