Softened, silky, creamy butter with added flavors and/or other components… Then set back in the refrigerator to firm. COMPOUND BUTTER that is.
It’s simple, thus brilliant.
SWEET–with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, maple syrup, even jam… to top pancakes, warm muffins, or Belgian Waffles. Decadence.
SAVORY–with herbs (parsley and chives, dill, cilantro, mint, basil, tarragon, etc); garlic, orange or lemon juice and/or zest, mustard, chilled roasted garlic or pepper; spices (paprika, black pepper, coarse salt…). Euphoria!
There’s no need to gorge on the butter. Just a touch. On the tip. Of your dish. Lamb. Chicken. Fish. Pasta. Veg. Grains’ variety.
One silly trick like this can elevate the flavor of your dish onto a different plane. Maybe even into a different Solar system. Deep, round, soothing flavor in your mouth. Think about it. Feel it. Want it. Do it. Oh… life! You taste so GOOD!