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Compound Butter

on September 23, 2015

You can do so many things with herbs. This Compound Butter is one thing I do every year with the herbs grown on my deck. I grow them in pots right outside my kitchen door and it’s so handy to use them all summer long! I have shown you the pots in a post called Herb Pots. Now is the time to bring the herbs into the kitchen to either use this way, make treats like pesto, or dry them for later use. Of course, you can make this all year round, but I do it now to make use of the herbs before the growing season is done. I hate to be making this – that means that fall is here and winter isn’t far behind. Ugh. I’ll just type the recipe out here before the snow flies – cuz it won’t be long:

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Compound Butter

Soften 1/2 cup butter.

Mix in:

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons each of one or more herbs, chopped – basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, parsley, sage – any one or all of the above

You could also make it with 1/2 cup of chopped fruit – strawberries, peaches, pineapple, blueberries.

If adding fruit, I would suggest putting it into the food processor with the softened butter.

Fruit butters are great on muffins, scones, or pancakes.

Here are some combinations I’ve tried and loved:

Strawberry – Mint

Blueberry – Cinnamon

Honey – Cinnamon

Pineapple – Sage

You can mix fruits. You can mix herbs. You can mix them together. Go crazy!!!

The possibilities are endless – try them all!


Wash and dry the herbs before chopping and adding to the softened butter.


I put the mixed butter onto a sheet of waxed paper and make a tube by twisting the ends.


Twisting the ends helps make it into a nice round tube of butter. Then I just pop the whole tube into a labeled freezer bag and we’re off to the freezer.


Just take out the butter and slice as much as you need, then it’s right back into the freezer.


I put the butter slices right onto the steaks on the grill so they have plenty of time to melt into the meat and make it delicious.


The butter melts and makes the steak so buttery and garlicky and herby and tasty! This butter is also good on garlic bread or pasta or popcorn or anything that you’d put butter on. It’s so good!



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