Flavored butter can turn a boring piece of bread into a flavorful experience, and compounding butter, simply put, is just another word for flavored butter. There are many famous compound butters that one can try out (garlic butter, apple butter, etc), but the flavor possibilities truly are endless when you choose to compound butter in your own restaurant. Here are some tips to keep in mind when compounding butter in your commercial kitchen.
Compounded Butters Don’t Have to be Savory
When many think of flavored butter, they typically think of the savory options. Indeed, savory compounded butters are popular, but sweet butters can add another layer of flavor as well! For instance, Texas Roadhouse serves spiced cinnamon butter with their fresh rolls. You can also add fruit zests or sweet additions like honey to your butter to give savory dishes a sweet hint of buttery goodness.
Don’t Melt the Butter in a Microwave
When compounding butter, you want to ensure that you’re mixing in ingredients with a room temperature butter. Instead of microwaving your butter, instead leave it out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature. After you’ve incorporated your flavorings, then you can roll it in wax paper and put it back into the refrigerator to set. You can even store your butter in the freezer for up to a month!
Slice it, Dice it, or Shred it
Butter doesn’t just have to be served in slices. In fact, compounded butters are interesting enough to be diced and added to dishes or shredded with a food grater atop other menu items. If you want to grate it, then freeze the butter first. You can also tie butter in a cheesecloth and rub it over corn on the cob as well.
Offer It For All Meals
This goes along with savory versus sweet, but be sure to offer compounded butters with every meal you offer. Both sweet and savory butters can heighten the flavor profile of breakfast items (pancakes with honey butter), lunch meals, and dinner dishes as well. Be sure to capitalize on seasonal trends (pumpkin butter in the fall) to make the most of your compounding efforts!