I solemnly swear that this is a simple-no-bake-no-sweat Christmas or Holiday Homemade Gift that is quick, easy and customizable. Each year, some of my friends buy my Maple Syrup Compound Butter for gifts. In fact, I dare say it has become a cult favorite with some families around here and to think, they consider it gourmet. You can make compound butters that compliment steak, fish, pancakes and more!
Honestly, this is a fun recipe to make year-round as you can create seasonal recipes. One of the best compound butter ’stand-bys’ that you should always have in your refrigerator is….
Lemon Parsley Garlic Butter. How many times are you staring at a piece of fish, steam or plain pancakes and think, what can I do to make this taste good or look nice? Place a small sliver of compound butter and you are done! The classic I am presenting below is the lemon garlic parsley butter that is amazing to place on top a piece of baked fish and you are done!
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, minced
Juice and zest of half a lemon
1 clove of garlic, minced
Mix all the ingredients until well combined, then wrap the mixture in wax paper, forming a log. Refrigerate for at least an hour. For presentation, wrap with twine and attach a nice card or consider placing the butter in a ramekin for a lovely presentation as well.
Some other combinations you may wish to try include:
*Orange Honey. Use as a glaze for grilled salmon or cooked vegetables as well as on fresh biscuits or cornbread.
*Chili Lime. Use chili powder and fresh lime juice would be great to bring about some Southwestern flavor. Consider it for fish tacos, grilled chicken, pork or seafood and even on rice or again, vegetables.