Compound Butters

  • One pound unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Plastic wrap as needed

In a medium mixing bowl combine first three ingredients and mix together with a rubber spatula. Scrape the butter onto a long sheet of plastic wrap, forming a straight line. Fold the wrap over the butter and roll into an even cylinder about the diameter of a silver dollar. Twist each end and place in the refrigerator until solid, about 2 hours. When ready to use, unwrap the butter and allow to softened at room temperature for easy spreading. Use on your favorite crusty breads and crunchy crackers.

Substitute freshly chopped basil, parsley, roasted garlic and chopped smoked chilies for the rosemary to create your own compound butters.