TIP OF THE DAY: Epicurean Butter & Holiday Compound Butters
Sophisticated cooks know how to make magic with compound butters.
Many casual cooks discovered the joy of strawberry butter at restaurant brunches, and learned how easy it is to make at home (here’s more about compound butter, also called flavored butter and finishing butter).
Epicurean Butter is a terrific line that makes anyone an instantly-better cook. But before we get to it, a seasonal message:
Now that it’s holiday season, go for holiday flavors: brandy, cranberry, hazelnut, pecan, pumpkin spice, sage, and so on. We have a variety of recipe variations below, but we’ll start with one that few people can resist: Cranberry Orange Butter.
Sweet compound butters are delicious on breakfast foods: bagels, muffins, toast, pancakes, waffles etc. They also are delicious on crackers or biscuits for snacks or with a tea break.
Savory compound butters are used to give flavor to proteins and vegetables, and to make quick pan sauces.
All compound butters can be made in advance and kept in the fridge, rolled into a log and covered with plastic wrap. This is what professional chefs do. When they’re needed, you simply cut off what you need.
The following recipe, by Baked Bree, was sent to us by Go Bold With Butter.
Also check out Bree’s Cranberry Walnut Pie, another seasonal treat.
You can make this ahead and store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
You can also make our version, Cranberry Maple Butter, with maple syrup. The recipe is with the variations below.
1. WHIP the butter and honey with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients and fold in until combined.
2. TRANSFER to a small serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Bring to room temperature before serving.
TOP PICK: EPICUREAN BUTTER
We have long been enamored of Epicurean Butter, a line of compound butters created by a professional chef for the home cook.
The flavors cater to both classic and contemporary cuisine, with butters in savory and sweet flavors.
The home cook is now empowered to finish and present meals like a fine chef, just by taking the lid off the tub of butter. People who think they have modest cooking talents should not be surprised to hear applause at the table—just by adding a pat to a grilled protein or making a quick pan sauce simpy by deglazing the pan.
Not to mention, serving the butters as gourmet bread spreads.
The company makes an assortment of flavors:
In addition to topping savory foods, savory compound butters can be used as a bread spread at the dinner table or with drinks.
We especially enjoy serving them as an easy hors d’oeuvre with aperitifs, spread on thin slices of baguette or fancy crackers and topped with a garnish (capers, chopped fresh herbs, olive or peppadew half, etc.).
You can pre-spread the bread or crackers and serve them on a tray; or place the butter(s) in a ramekin in the middle of the bread/crackers and let people spread their own.
that finishing and compound butters are what often take a normal at-home meal up to restaurant quality. Available in 3.5 oz. tubs and some in the newly introduced 1 oz. single-serve packets, these butters are all rBST-free
Head to EpicureanButter.com for more information.