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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Butter me up

Break out the stretchy pants for today's post as it's all about the magical ingredient butter! While this spreadable goodness stands on its own in a very delicious way it also can easily be transformed into something more special with a few simple ingredients. A few favorite compound butters and their perfect pairings for your indulging are below. Enjoy!

Avocado Butter

1 large ripe avocado
1 stick of  salted butter {room temperature}
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

If you love avocados like me, then this creamy goodness is for you. I paired this butter with a corn muffin and boiled corn on the cob, both were delish but the muffin was ridiculously addicting. 

Honey, Cranberry & Walnut Butter

1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 stick of unsalted butter {room temperature}

Sweet compound butters are completely foolproof. I added some of my favorite ingredients and added on toasted cinnamon bread. It transformed simple toast into something much more indulgent.

Herb Butter

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 tablespoon fresh scallion

1 stick of salted butter {room temperature}
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

I used a little on some flank steak but I must admit, I think this butter is more suited for a fresh fish or chicken dish. It was savory and fresh adding a lot of flavor to a grilled protein. 

I stored my butters in these little jam jars to keep fresh for as long as possible. 


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