garlic + herb compound butter
When we lived in Austin, TX, we'd make one of these every year for our NYE meat + cheese plate. Anyone who tasted this wanted to eat the entire jar #butterisbetter.
Since we knew everyone would eat it all that night, we'd use fresh herbs. If you want this recipe, leave a comment or send an email and we'll share it. When you use fresh herbs, the compound butter doesn't last too long in the fridge. So, we've opted to share a recipe that has a slightly longer shelf life in your fridge.
the compound butter mix before combined. helllooo #maldonsalt.
1/2 CUP good butter (1 stick), room temp (easy to squish)
3 large garlic cloves, sliced thin + blanched in water to remove the bite while staying full of love (we love garlic - reduce to 2 if it's not your favorite)
3/4 TSP flake sea salt (we recommend Maldon if you've got it!)
1/8 TSP dried basil
1/8 TSP dried thyme
1/8 TSP dried oregano
make sure your butter is room temp! cut it into smaller chunks + add all of the dried herbs + salt to the mix. *cue lazy move here* no need to mix here, wait till your garlic is ready.
finely slice your garlic cloves.
add water to a small saute pan, bring water to boil over high heat. once boiling, reduce to medium.
throw that sliced garlic into the boiling water and let them hang out in the hot tub for 1 min. (blanch the gahhlic)
after 1 min, pull off the heat and strain the sliced garlic out of the water with a fine mesh strainer. no strainer? blanch your garlic cloves whole and slice after!
add blanched garlic to the butter + herb + salt mixture // squish the mix until everything is combined. we use a fork here to do most of the work, just like my grandmother does to make egg salad. Once sufficiently squished, move onto a rubber spatula to clean the sides + finish combining.
move to a small mason jar with a top and refrigerate for at least an hour (stays good for up to 2 weeks ). why refrigerate and not eat right away? you want the garlic + herb flavors to become one with the butter. #whentwobecomeone yes, that was a Spice Girls shout out. no mason jars with tops? use a small glass tupperware, or roll into a log with plastic wrap