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Ridiculously Easy Herb Compound Butter

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 3 hr 5 min
  • Servings 8
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Bread and butter, like tomatoes and pasta, are such a perfect pairing that we take them for granted. Not anymore! An herb compound butter will wake up your taste buds and renew your appreciation for this duo. Besides, plussed-up butter is the easiest way to elevate a special dinner, especially in summer when the gardens and markets are bursting with fresh herbs. Chives, rosemary, oregano and garlic star in this recipe but really you could go in any direction you wish—lemon zest is a wonderful addition to compound butter.
By Paula Jones
Updated Apr 28, 2020
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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1
    In medium bowl, mix all ingredients.
  • 2
    Spoon mixture onto piece of cooking parchment paper. Roll to create log shape. Twist ends of paper to seal.
  • 3
    Refrigerate log until firm, about 3 hours. Slice into "coins" to serve.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
  • tip 2
    You can substitute dried herbs for fresh. Reduce amounts by half.
  • tip 3
    Herb compound butter doesn’t just taste great on bread, smear it on your meat, fish, corn on the cob or anything else that strikes your fancy!
  • tip 4
    Do you have more butter than you can use? Portion it into coins and freeze, so you can pull it out for later use.


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