Do you wish you had a quick and easy way to enhance the most basic of meals or dishes with minimal effort? I am betting you have everything you need to take your poultry, beef, chicken or side dish to the next level. How you ask? You can do this by making a Compound Butter.
Compound Butter is butter that has a flavor, or additional ingredients added to it. They are very easy to make and can have any number of flavors blended into them.
The first step is to soften the butter to room temperature. Once it is soft, the desired ingredients can be added. I mean, how easy is that? toss the butter on the counter, come back a few hours later, toss some herbs or spices in, mix, done.
I swear by them and some friends even ask me to make some as Christmas gifts (honey butter and maple butters are the most requested). Lemon-parsley butter is a version I am presenting to you today. You can make it up last minute but the flavors are really enhanced with a few hours of sitting in the fridge. After you have it made, you can add it to fish before baking or simply place a slice on a piece of steak fresh off the grill.
Another idea is to try this butter on pasta. Pasta is a universal kids favorite so try using some herbed butters as they may not give you a hard time if they can try it on pasta for the first time (keep some plain on the side in case of emergency though)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Mix all the ingredients until well combined, spread the mixture on wax paper, forming a log and twist ends. Place into the refrigerator to firm.