No Bake Holiday Gifts of Food: Christmas Compound Butter

by Jennifer on December 9, 2010

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Many of you already know I am a bit of a compound butter fanatic: I love to make lemon parsley butter, maple syrup butter and just about any seasonal combination I can think of as they are perfect for meal solutions. You can bake with, top with or saute with compound butter and use it to add flavor to proteins, vegetables and breads.

Compound or Gourmet butters as some call them, are perfect no bake gifts of food for any Holiday or any occasion. Plus, they are simple to make and easy to customize to someones taste  preferences or personality. Does someone you know like Southwestern flavors? make a chili-lime butter. Do they love herbs and nuts? make a basil walnut butter.

Below is a Christmas inspired butter I made and then roast with sweet potatoes. Yum!

Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Zest of one mandarin orange or half of an orange, short strips

1. Place the cranberries and herbs on a cutting board, in a pile and chop them all at the same time and place in a bowl.
2. Add the butter to the mixture, and combine with a fork.
3. Wrap the mixture in wax paper, forming a log and 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.

Come on over to The Family Kitchen if you are looking for more ideas and a recipe for Lemon-Parsley-Garlic Butter

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie December 9, 2010 at 5:56 pm

So pretty and easy!

marla {family fresh cooking} December 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

As if regular butter wasn’t good enough! Compound butter takes it to another level :)

Maria December 10, 2010 at 12:30 am

Can’t wait to add this to our table!

Jun December 10, 2010 at 4:02 am

Wow, very interesting. Have to try this, simple, easy, and beautiful.

Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Interesting flavors! And it looks nice, too.

Lauren December 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Gorgeous! My mom makes a compound butter using pistachios, and I love your idea of adding in dried cranberries + all of those delicious herbs. I bet the orange zest makes the perfect finishing touch!

SMITH BITES December 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

Compound butters can take any dish from great to SUBLIME!! And this one is soooo pretty!!

LunaCafe December 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

This is so pretty. I love it! …Susan

Melody Fury December 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

This recipe is perfect for my holiday contest to win a Foodista cookbook! It’s not too late to enter. Share your delicious holiday cheer with more food-lovers! Would love for you to win :) http://ow.ly/3j61M

Robyn | Add a Pinch December 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

Such a beautiful recipe, Jennifer! Gorgeous for the Christmas table!

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