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Boost Boring Food with Compound Butter

herbed compound butter on wooden board

Compound herb butters can take any dish from drab to fab. The best part? They’re super easy to make, and can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the freezer. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and make one of these butters!

As vehicles for fresh herbs and aromatics like garlic and citrus zest, compound butters can brighten up simply cooked fish, meat, and vegetables, even baked potatoes. Mixed, rolled into logs, and wrapped in plastic film or waxed paper, herb butters keep well in the freezer. That makes it easy to have a variety on hand to slice as needed.

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Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.