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Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

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Use this easy roasted garlic herb butter to finish and add tons of flavor to your meats, pastas, vegetables, herb-roasted chicken, fresh hot dinner rolls, crusty breads or practically anything and everything.

Compound butters can be sweet or savory depending on your personal taste or what you’re planning on using it for. You’ll love how easy it is to use this compound butter to elevate any number of dishes!

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What Is Compound Butter?

Compound butter is softened butter creamed (combined) with fresh herbs and spices. Typically, garlic and fresh herbs.

Ingredients Rundown

Ingredients For Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Garlic heads – You can use fresh heads of garlic or peeled garlic cloves.

Vegetable oil – I opted for extra virgin olive oil, but the choice of oil is entirely up to you. 

Salted butter (softened)- You can also use unsalted butter and add some salt to taste. I do not recommend using margarine to make your compound butter. The taste and flavor of real butter is unmatched and so much better, besides margarine is highly processed and contains less nutrtional valvue than butter.

Fresh thyme and Fresh rosemary – I recommend using fresh herbs as they are more flavorful than dried herbs. But of course, also use dried herbs if that’s what you have on hand.

The herbs ratio is flexible and can be customize to your taste or what you have on hand.

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Recipe FAQ

Substitutions

Can I Use Dry Herbs Instead Of Fresh Herb To Make Garlic Butter?

You sure can. Fresh herbs are more flavorful than dry herbs, but you can use the dry variety in a pinch. It will require some tweaking in doing so. Dried herbs are often more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs so that you will need less. That means the ratio of one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs.

Can I Use Margarine To Make Compound Butter?

I recommend using real butter whenever possible. Margarine is made of vegetable oil and butter is made from fresh cream. The flavor is unmatched. You can also use Ghee as a low-lactose option. Margarine should be your absolute last resort (in my opinion).

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Variations

The number of compound butter flavors is only limited by your imagination. They can be sweet or savory whether you want to top a perfectly cooked steak or spread on fluffy pancakes. If you’re looking for a spicy compound butter loaded with Caribbean flavor – you can try my jerk butter compound butter (found in my jerk butter seafood boil recipe).

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What To Serve Your Garlic Butter on?

Glad you asked, You can add it to practically every and anything. You can use garlic butter as a finisher or add flavor to your meats, pasta, vegetables, herb-roasted chicken, fresh hot dinner rolls, and warm crusty bread for the win.

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Got Leftovers?

How To Store Leftover Herb Butter In The Fridge?

Wrap your compound butter in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap and roll it into a sausage log. Twist or tie ends to secure it.  Place butter in the fridge to chill and harden until ready to use. You can store your compound butter in the fridge for up to three weeks.

You can also store it in a French butter dish on your kitchen countertop for a few days for soft and spreadable herb butter.

How To Store Your Herb Butter in a French Butter Dish?

Step 1 – Wash the french butter dish thoroughly and make sure the bell is dry, pour cold water into the base of the dish (the crock) to the waterline.

Step 2 – Press one stick of softened butter (or 1 and 1/3 stick) into the bell with the back of a spoon.

Step 3 – Place the bell into the bottom of the crock.

Step 4 – Enjoy your fresh butter.

Tricks & Tips

  • Adding a little salt or vinegar to the water is helpful to keep fresh, This will not affect the taste of the butter. 
  • Refresh your water every 2-3 days.
  • Always keep the crock away from heat source.
  • The crock works best with real butter instead of margarine.
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How To Store Leftover Leftover Herb Butter In The Freezer?

Wrap the compound butter tightly in plastic wrap, then in foil. Butter picks up odors easily, so the foil will protect it from developing off-flavors from the other foods in your freezer.

How Long Does Leftover Herb Butter Last In The Freezer? 

Properly stored, it will maintain the best quality for up to six months in the freezer at home.

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Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Easy Roasted Garlic Herb Butter

Use this easy roasted garlic herb butter to finish meats, vegetables, as an ingredient for herb-roasted chicken, or fresh hot dinner rolls, or crusty bread.

Recipe by Kerri-Ann Bryan
5 from 2 votes
Course: CondimentCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Roasting time

35

minutes
Calories

314.52

kcal
Allow roasted garlic to cool

20

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

5

minutes

Gather Your Ingredients

  • 2 medium garlic heads (or 1 large or 20-24 peeled individual garlic cloves)

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 stick salted butter, (room temperature) *You can also use unsalted butter.

  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cut about a third of the garlic top off, leaving the cloves exposed. Peel off some of the outer skin. Place each garlic head onto a piece of foil, baking tray, or muffin tin.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the exposed areas and wrap in the foil and place onto a baking tray.
  • Roast for 30-35 minutes or until soft inside & caramelized on the outside. When ready, take it out from the oven and let it cool completely.
  • Rinse and dry your fresh herbs.
  • Finely chop up your fresh herbs and set them aside.
  • Once the roasted garlic is cooled, press on the bottom to push out the softened garlic in the bowl.
  • In a bowl combine roasted garlic, with butter until smooth & creamy. You can use a fork or a food processor for an even creamier consistency. The fork will result in a coarser textured compound butter.
  • Add fresh herbs and combine.
  • Wrap it in parchment paper, wax paper, or cling wrap and roll it into a sausage log. Twist or tie ends to secure it. Place butter in the fridge to chill and harden until ready to use. You can also store it in a French butter dish on the countertop for a few days for soft and spreadable herb butter.

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Kerri’s Recipe Tips

  • You can use a fork or a food processor to combine the ingredients. The food processor will result in a creamier consistency and the fork will result in a coarser texture. 
  • You can add salt (to taste) if you used unsalted butter.
  • Use fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are more flavorful than dry herbs, but you can use the dry variety in a pinch. It will require some tweaking in doing so. Dried herbs are often more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs so that you will need less. That means the ratio of one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs.
  • Use real butter. I recommend using real butter whenever possible. Margarine is made of vegetable oil and butter is made from fresh cream. The flavor is unmatched. You can also use Ghee as a low-lactose option. Margarine should be your absolute last resort (in my opinion).
  • I ALWAYS recommend reading through the recipe in full a couple of times before starting. That way you know exactly what to expect and you can prep accordingly.
  • Gather all your ingredients before cooking. This way you don’t forget to add an ingredient or two. Believe me, It has happened so many times so I use “mise en place” to save my sanity and the recipe.
  • For your convenience, you can automatically generate a grocery list using the whisk plugin located the the “Ingredient Rundown” section (scroll ↑).

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


Calories314.52

  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 28g 44%
    • Sodium 192.07mg 9%
    • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
    • Total Carbohydrate 20.08g 7%
      • Sugars 0.08g
    • Protein 4.09g 9%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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