What is compound butter? Let's break it down. The word compound means “something composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture.” Epicurean Butter’s flavored butter is exactly that—compound—because we combine high-quality butter with other high-quality ingredients.
Compound butter is commonly used in the French cooking technique, especially when it comes to creating sauces. The original French masters would bring butter to room temperature, add in finely chopped herbs, roll the mixture tightly with paper, and then store it at a cold temperature. You can refrigerate or freeze compound butter - it's surprisingly easy to slice when frozen.
Restaurant chefs make their own compound butter to optimize flavors and to save time. Why chop garlic and measure butter in the middle of a dinner rush when you can take a roll of pre-made garlic butter from the fridge when you need it? Many chefs even create compound butter with fish and meat like shrimp or bone marrow.
And while our Roasted Garlic Herb butter is a best seller, compound butter doesn’t start and stop at garlic or in the restaurant kitchen. Home cooks can take advantage of the time savings and gourmet tastes ranging from sweet, savory, tangy, and sour flavors. Anything goes with compound butter flavors.
Now that we've answered the question, "what is compound butter?", here are some ways to use it: