Tarragon & Shallot Compound Butter

Tarragon & Shallot Compound Butter

Details

Compound butter is a great way to add flavor to many dishes...from grilled meats to corn on the cob.
  • Serves: 6 to 8
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Preparing the Mise en Place

• 1/2 lb unsalted butter (1 cup or 2 sticks)
• 1 small shallot
• 1 small bunch chives
• 1 to 2 tbsp fresh tarragon
• kosher salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Method

To make compound butter, the butter shouldn’t be very soft; otherwise, it is too hard to shape. If it is really cold, cut the butter into small cubes and let it warm up a bit at room temperature. Place the butter into a small bowl and blend with a wooden spoon just until smooth. Set aside.

Finely mince the shallots, chives, and tarragon and place into the bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Stir gently to evenly combine.

Step 2: Rolling the Butter

Method

To roll the butter, lay a large piece of plastic wrap onto the counter top. Scoop the butter mixture out of the bowl and place onto the plastic wrap. Roughly shape into a log, about 1"- to 1 1/2" -inches round. Wrap the plastic carefully around the log and roll to seal. Twist the plastic on each end in opposite directions, so the butter becomes compressed. Tie each end of the plastic wrap into a knot and place into the refrigerator until completely chilled.

Once ready to use, remove the plastic wrap and cut the cold butter into thin pieces. Place over grilled steaks, meats, or cooked vegetables.

Chef's Notes

Any combination of herbs, spices, citrus zest, and seasonings can be added to compound butter. Compound butters are easy to make and will add extra flavor and a special touch to many dishes.

6 Comments

  • Elmira Z
    Elmira Z
    very tasty-by the way :)
  • Mansoor K
    Mansoor K
    I would like to make this compound butter but where I am, we don't have shallots, chives and terragon. please advice on the best alternative substitutes. we have only regular onions, spring onions, and for herbs sometimes parsely and cilantro
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    The ingredients and combinations used to make compound butters are endless. While shallots are very common, if you do not have them, you can try adding a little onion. Same goes for the tarragon or chives. Basically, if you do not have certain ingredients simply substitute them for another. You might also want to try making a different kind of compound butter (based on the ingredients you have). Also, here is a video on Making Compound Butter, that you may find helpful. Cheers!
  • Mark L
    Mark L
    With a little lemon or orange zest this is a great topping to a lobster tail! Absolutely delicious. I served it with some grilled corn and some grilled steak fries. You will be mopping up the last remnant of butter with the corn and potatoes.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Oh sure, those are excellent flavors to pair with seafood. You can make compounds butter reflect any flavor profile, so next time try butter with smoked chipotle chiles for Mexican style corn. Enjoy!
  • Heather H
    Heather H
    Ohh! love that idea! I'll have as many butters as I have salts! LOL

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